Hello my name is Rhyannon Price and I have been swimming competitively since I was seven years old. Swimming has taught me the importance of hard work, perseverance, and teamwork. Swimming has given me so much joy and happiness and I want to continue to explore that happiness into college.
Some of my favorite swim memories have been swim meets because I enjoy competition and striving for a goal. One meet that means a lot to me is The Elite Showcase Classic in Clearwater, Florida. I made the qualifying times and attended this meet every year from the ages of 9 to 12 (Covid hit when I turned 13). Each year I made a number of finals in various events that each taught me a correction I could use to get better. One race I will never forget is the girls age 12 50 yard backstroke where I swam a 26.91 that earned me second place. This time, (achieved on April 11, 2019) earned me a National Age Group Award for 6th place in the nation that year and a state record.
Swimming has had its challenges though. When Covid hit and we were forced to shut down swimming became almost impossible to practice. Teams had to resort to zoom dryland and other forms of training. This allowed me to pick up running as a hobby and eventually join my schools track and cross country team as a distance runner. Once back in the pool we had to go through the challenging task of getting back in shape. It was daunting but with my teammates and coaches help I got back into shape and earned the first place high point award at our Winter Championship meet that year.
Teamwork has always been one of my favorite qualities about swimming. When doing a relay you don’t want to do well for yourself you want to do well for your teammates. The excitement of having people around you with a common goal pushes you to be your best self (with swimming and sportsmanship).