Winning the 50 backstroke during my first appearance at the Maryland State Championship meet when I was 10 years old was a pivotal point in my swimming journey. It being my first major accomplishment in swimming, that race gave me the confidence to compete at a higher level. Following this achievement, I began to focus on swimming as my primary sport.
When I was 13, our team underwent a sudden change in coaching staff. I had to adapt to a new coaching philosophy which taught me to keep an open mind and helped me grow as a swimmer. The following year, I won my second Maryland State Championship in the 200 freestyle, reinforcing the fact that hard work and dedication will always prevail.
Looking forward, I would like to be a part of a program that challenges me and allows me to grow academically as well as athletically. I believe I can compete and succeed at the college swimming level because of my hard work, discipline, and leadership.