My sophomore year was a year filled with a lot of ups and downs. My main goal was to make it to districts and during the season I made 4 district automatic cuts which meant that I would be able to swim and that I had reached my goal, but that wasn't the reality. I swim on a huge high school team in a very competitive district. All the girls on my team were fighting for a spot, including me. My coach pulled me aside and told me that I was not going to be able to go to districts because the spots were filled. I was crushed! I had 4 cuts and I thought I would at least be able to swim 1 event at districts. I was really upset about this and my coaches could tell. They brought me to our Last Chance meet and told me if I beat anyone out at the meet then I would be able to swim at districts. I did it and I ended up swimming at districts during my sophomore year. For me, that experience was very eye-opening. It made me push myself and refocus my goals.
I am and always have been very persistent. I am someone who takes on many tasks (maybe sometimes too many) and I refuse to give up. When I set my mind on something it is almost impossible to change it. I truly believe that I am more than capable to compete at a college level and push myself academically and athletically.