My name is Emily Heilbrun, from Fairfax Station, Virginia, and I am passionate about the opportunity to join a collegiate cross-country and track program (6K and 10K, respectively). Depending upon the opportunity and need for my college team(s), I could also add value in the "off season" to the swimming & diving program in the distance freestyle events. I am currently in the 11th Grade, and I love supporting my teammates and school while competing in timed events. I also enjoy team functions in the community, and similarly appreciate the chance to do individual good works such as Adapted Aquatics (teaching individuals with disabilites about the basics of swimming).
During a period in which I was training for national and international draft legal triathlon competitions, and while participating in several high school sports, I experienced growth of nearly seven inches in height accompanied by muscle weight. The resulting "growing pains" have resulted in some physical therapy and have contributed to me missing my junior year of high-school cross country, as well as keeping me out of the World Triathlon qualifiers. I consider myself a very hard worker and a fighter, but it is also likely that I will not participate in the United States Trials for the 2020 Olympic Games.
While disappointed, I see a silver lining as a college student-athlete. First, I will enter my senior year much stronger than I have ever been. During my hiatus, I continue to work with coaches on technique and related athletic learning. Also, I am now inspired to study medicine and emerging health care and apply my experiences to what others might be going through as multi-sport athletes. Further, with added strength and wellness, I believe I will score highly in conference meets for my college teams. Finally, my setbacks have taught me the importance of patience and to listen closely to coaches and to be an advocate for a team approach. I hope to have multiple opportunties to help my college teams while aspiring to qualify for the 2024 Trials following junior year.
As a student-athlete, I am also preparing academically for rigorous college courses and improving time management skills. As the youngest in my family, I follow recruited student-athlete sisters into colleges sports. They are role-models, and based on their advice I have now taken the SAT twice - the first score was 1450 and I hope to superscore above 1550 based on the SAT given November 2, 2019.
Thank you for considering me for recruitment as a student-athlete, and please know that I am more inspired than ever to compete in college.
Emily Heilbrun (2021 Cross Country/Track)