Coming from a town where swimming was so popular I knew that one day I would be in the pool. From swim lessons to swimming for rec team I have always been in the pool. At the age of 8, I decided I was ready to swim more competitively, so I joined a USA club team. It took me a while to get used to the competition and realize that the people on my new team trained hard because they wanted to win. After that, it did not take me long to realize that I too wanted to win just like them.
At the age of thirteen I moved from California to Montana and soon realized that the swim world is a lot different up here. Between making new friends and trying to be a good teammate to my new peers, it did not take me long to find my spot on the team. Freshman year came around the corner faster than anyone could have imagined. Next thing I know we are at our high school championship meet. As a freshman I had only come to race and gain points for my team to win. Not only did our team dominate in the pool, but I personally broke a state record in the 100 breast going a 1:04:16, and continued to break the same record at sectionals the following week going a 1:03:52.
I have always tried to work hard inside and outside of the pool. Academically I have always worked hard for every grade even when other people think that the class might be unimportant. I have strived to take harder classes because I enjoy pushing myself and staying busy. I'm excited to take classes in the future to push myself academically just like I do in the pool.
Ever since I was little I knew that being there for a friend was more important than a swim meet or training hours. Even though in the moment it can seem ridiculous to miss a two-hour practice to be there for another teammate it can really help the other person. A really proud moment I had as a swimmer was missing out on a set that I was killing because I knew my teammate was in need of a helpful voice. I had no idea of the impact I had made on her until months later when she wrote a card , thanking me for all the things I had done for her over the months. In that moment I realized that swimming isn't all about swimming but more about the relationships you can make on the way.
Swimming has created such a wonderful community for me. I am so thankful for this sport and am excited to see what doors it could open for me. I would love to swim for a D1-D3 school and go to a school that can push me to my smartest most athletic version of myself.