We moved to College Station, Texas to a neighborhood with an 85 foot long pool in 2008. My parents wanted me to be water safe so that when we went to the pool in the summer they would feel comfortable with me being in the water without them. Therefore, I started swim lessons at the age of 4. By the time I was 5 and a half, I had maxed out of swim lessons and my instructor encouraged my parents to have me try out for the Aggie Swim Club. I tried out in July of 2012 and have been swimming competitively for the Ags ever since. Being a member of the Aggie Swim Club for the last ten years has not only helped me grow as a swimmer but as a person. I've developed many friendships not only within my own club but also with other club members around the county. I've also learned the importance of being a good teammate, a competitor and recently learned how to overcome the challenges of the COVID shutdown. The shutdown forced me and my teammates to first go from swimming in a pool to drylands for approximately five months and then to swimming only in a lake for an additional three months. The silver lining of that experience made me truly appreciate every chance I get to swim in a pool after being out of a real pool consistently for close to nine months. In addition, it introduced me to competitive open water swimming which led to me qualifying for the Southern Zone Open Water Championships in 2021, 2022 and 2023. I enjoy the challenge open water swimming presents and feel it has helped me be a more well rounded swimmer. In the Spring of my 8th grade year, I tried out and made the A&M Consolidated High School Swim Team. This has forced me to refine my time management skills, to juggle my academics, club swim, high school swim and orchestra. I knew once I started high school I wanted to swim in college and know with the right fit I have a lot to add to a team.