|Club||Mr. Manga Dalizu||FAIRLAND AQUATICS SWIM TEAM||Laurel||MD|
|High School||Ms. Sarah Merritt|
|50yd free||50m free||100yd free||100m free||200yd free||200m free||400m free||500yd free||800m free||1000yd free||1500m free||1650yd free|
|50yd back||50m back||100yd back||100m back||200yd back||200m back|
|50yd breast||50m breast||100yd breast||100m breast||200yd breast||200m breast|
|50yd fly||50m fly||100yd fly||100m fly||200yd fly||200m fly|
|200yd IM||200m IM||400yd IM||400m IM|
Club swim team record holder in multiple age groups/events
My name is Abbey Holmes, and I am 17 years old. I am one of Archbishop’s Spalding’s strongest student athletes with an interest in Graphic Design. Swimming has introduced me to great people and exposed me to larger meets with harder competition, which has driven me to grow as a person and swim faster times. In the next year, I wish to be an NCSA/Senior Nationals-caliber swimmer, as I am already a Super Sectionals and NASA Junior Nationals qualifier.
For my academics, I have held a 3.6 GPA through my freshman, sophomore year, and junior year as well as being selected for the National Honor and Tri-M Honors Societies. I was chosen for a mission trip to help with Habitat for Humanity in June 2014, and I have helped out at the Special Olympics at my local indoor pool. I have also volunteered as a counselor for a summer camp in August.
My swimming began when I was seven in the summer. That following autumn season, I joined my year-round team, FAST (Fairland Aquatic Swim Team) and Coach Manga Dalizu. I have traveled with Potomac Valley to both the Eastern Zone LC Championships and the Eastern Zone SC Championships. I have also been to the Speedo Championship Series with my club team; once in Buffalo, NY in the summer and twice in Christiansburg, VA in the spring. I hold 33 records (SC & LC) at my year-round club in various ages, mostly concentrated in the 13+ age groups. They are in a variety of strokes and distances, ranging from 50 short-course yards to 1650 SCY, and from 50 LCM to the 1500 in LCM. I also hold two records at my summer swim team, the Calverton Chargers and Coach Tony Murray, in the 50 breaststroke and the 50 butterfly.
For my school, I have been on the Varsity swim team since my freshman year. As a freshman, I swam at the 2013 National Catholic Championships, placing 8th in 50 freestyle, 8th in 100 backstroke, 3rd in the 400 Freestyle Relay, and 1st in the 200 Medley relay, breaking a school record. I also swam in the 2013 IAAM Championships, swimming the breaststroke leg in the 200 A Medley Relay and placing 3rd, 7th in the 100 breaststroke and 8th in the 200 IM. As a sophomore, I swam at the 2014 East Coast Catholic Classic, placing 5th in the 50 freestyle and 10th in the 100 backstroke. I also swam in the 2014 IAAM Championships, placing 4th in both the 100 breaststroke and the 200 IM. Currently, I hold two records there; the 200 medley and the 100 breaststroke.
I am a very outgoing person, with a lot of optimism to share with my teammates in high school, year-round and, soon, college. I want to swim in college because I love my sport. I love what I’ve done through it, and I’ve loved the people I’ve been able to meet, the coaches I’ve been able to get feedback from, and the friends I’ve made.
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