One of the things that I love about swimming is being part of a team. When I was in 6th grade, I switched club teams. It was so important to me to find a competitive team that was both supportive and fun. I was lucky enough to find that with my team, Machine Aquatics, and I hope to replicate that in college.
I come from a big family - I'm the second of five kids. There's a few things that you learn from being part of a big family. First, no special treatment. Everybody does their part and there's no patience for complainers. Second, everybody has to get along. Cooperation, compromise and negotiation make things possible. Support and kindness make things easy. Growing up like this has had a huge impact on me and how I interact with others. On the swim team, I'm no drama and I work hard. I lead by example. I am supportive of my teammates and celebrate their success as much as my own.
As far as ability goes, I feel like I have a lot of potential. I think that I have not maxed out my talent and once I am able to practice more often and add weight training to my regimen, I will improve significantly. The best is yet to come!