The highlight of my career was my high school freshman year where I learned how much I loved swimming for something bigger than myself. I was fortunate to help bring both my relays to state along with earning a state personal swim and final, which is no small feet in 6A Texas swimming! The joy I felt placing in the 200 free relay with my teammates was something I will never forget and will continue to aspire for. However, I feel I grew the most as a student-athlete the beginning of my sophomore year when my beloved club team fell apart. The national coach left and I was without an experienced coach for long course training for almost six weeks. I not only lost my team, I lost my teammates who all scattered to different clubs. I held on as long as I could as I felt fiercely loyal to my club but had to make the hard decision to leave. Due to missing important training at the beginning of the season I struggled the entire long course season. I immediately loved my new team but time was lost. On top of that my Mimi unexpectedly passed away right after I joined my new club. I had to face not meeting my expectations as an athlete throughout the season and my goals were not met at the end of the season. I learned to dig deep and continue to give my best despite falling short and to focus on what I had instead of what I had lost. While I did not have a best long course season, I was able to continue to work hard, keep my head high, win points for my high school team, and earn spots for my relays and a personal spot once again at state. My high school coach told me over and over again during my sophomore year he was impressed with my grit. I never gave up on myself or my teammates.
Another passion of mine is my academics. I love to learn and strive to achieve academic excellence. I plan to continue to earn high grades throughout college and attend graduate school. I have not decided on a career path as of yet but I do know my passion is to have a career where I can make a difference in people's lives.