I have always loved being in the water. My parents took me to the pool after they adopted me from the Ukraine and I have loved it ever since. I was not afraid and wanted to swim with the bigger kids instead of the kiddie pool. I took lessons, swam in the summers, and joined my first summer team as a first grader. I swam summers until I took a summer off and only did stroke work and was asked by the coach to swim year-round as an 8th grader. I joined the Annapolis Swim Club and swam okay for my first year. I made a goal to qualify for championships the next year, and in my second year with the team, I reached the goal. I dropped times a lot. For my high school, I placed 7th in the MD State High School Championships for the 50 freestyle my freshman year. In my third year I made a goal to make sectionals and I accomplished it. I also finished 3rd in the MD State High School Championships for both the 50 free and 100 free events last year as a sophomore for my high school team. This year my goal is to get a 23 in my 50 scy freestyle event and a 52 in my 100 scy freestyle. I want to win the states for my 50 free and 100 free also.
I am still deciding on my exact path but am interested in art education or PE and Health Education with some coursework in fitness and coaching. One goal I have is to improve my freestyle sprinting and conditioning/fitness level through increased swimming and weight training. I hope to receive coaching that will allow me to improve my times to reach the highest level I can.
I want to be a part of a team to represent my college, make new friends and build relationships, and to have a support system for personal and academic needs. Being organized and goal oriented has allowed me to swim for two teams and complete schoolwork as well as play golf and volunteer. I know this will also help me in college.
I will do my best to improve and I am always ready to listen to coaches to help me improve my stroke or start. I am honest, caring and devoted. I will help others, support my teammates, and use my time to be involved in charitable activities on campus and with the swim team. I volunteer with the Special Olympics for Golf and participate in Night to Shine, a prom for special needs people. I know I can contribute in the pool and out and be a positive representative of your team.