Going into an event placed 8th or 10th is hard. When you're so close to making A finals, but you're not sure if you can. At regionals in Federal Way Washington 2019, I was seated so close to A finals. I felt like it was forever away. My mom said to me, “you could win this”. I didn’t believe her. In prelims I gave it everything I had, making A finals in the 200 back. We were all seated less than 2 seconds apart. I was in one of the outside lanes. The possibility of coming in first felt forever away, but I wanted it. I wanted to win. I won, I was 15 and so excited. Believing in yourself can be hard but I have a great support system.
Growing up, I used to live in Seattle, WA where every high school had a pool. I was always in the water. I joined a club team when I was 9. Soon we moved to Spokane, WA where there weren’t many pools in the area. I was struggling with wanting to stay committed to swimming. I had felt like I was never going to get any better. However, I kept showing up to practices and working hard. This past fall I finally broke the minute in my 100 backstroke at high school districts. Breaking the minute has been a goal of mine for about a year and a half. Swimming has taught me that eventually hard work pays off, as long as you work towards your goals everyday.