When I began swimming at 10 years old, the sport captivated me as I quickly progressed through the levels of competition, qualifying for sectionals at 13 and junior nationals at 14. My progression, however, halted suddenly when I tore my medial patellofemoral ligament in the spring of my freshman year. The injury tested my dedication to the sport, but through frustration emerged lessons of patience, humility, and balance; lessons I am still learning — continuously learning.
Overcoming injury helped me to uncover personality outside of competition, find harmony between physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health, and love the challenges that come with every day–pushing myself in practice and in school not only to become a better swimmer and student but also to build a stronger character. As well as teaching me many life lessons, swimming has developed my passion of working with kids, a passion I plan to pursue as a pediatric physical therapist. There have been many highlights of my swimming career (state records, championship titles), but the things I will carry most with me throughout my journey will be the lessons learned and the memories made with incredible teammates. My growth has only begun; I hope you will be a part of it!