I’ve been swimming all my life, but I knew I wanted to be a swimmer when I watched the 2012 Olympics. It set in motion my desire to be a successful athlete and motivated me to do the hard work that goes with it. My parents decided I needed to be on a year-round swim team so I could continue to improve.
My sophomore year was the most challenging year due to the change in coaching staff on my club team and my ultimate transfer to a new club. I had to leave what I had known for so long and learn how to adapt to and thrive under a new coaching style. I worked harder when I didn’t see the results I wanted, and I sought extra learning opportunities so I could achieve my goals. This strengthened my physical ability, my character, and my desire to be that successful athlete. While I believe that I still have a lot of improving and growing to do, as a person and as an athlete, I am much more confident in my own abilities.