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|Club||Charlie McCanless||Asheville Swim Club||Asheville||NC|
|High School||Graeme McGufficke|
|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|
Serve as Team Captain for High School Swim Team Junior and Senior Years
Volunteer Coach Summer Swim League
Awarded Most Improved and Coaches Award at club team level and Most Improved and my high school swim team's Golden Goggles award for commitment and leadership.
I've only been swimming for a few years and I know I have a lot left to give to the sport. My goal is to join a college team where I can train hard alongside other dedicated swimmers, contribute to the team, and get faster. I am willing to be pushed and to push others by working hard every single day.
I came late to the sport of swimming and, to be honest, I'm just not ready to be done competing. I know in my heart that I have a lot left to give to the sport of swimming. I love this sport. I am willing to work hard every single day. Swimming takes both individual and team commitment and I want to train alongside swimmers who are willing to give their best. I know I am not among the fastest swimmers in my age group, but I am getting faster and I'm willing to work for it. I want to swim in college so that I can contribute to a team and be pushed past new limits while helping my teammates push themselves.
I serve as a team captain for my high school team. We have a diverse group of swimmers, some new to the sport and some seasoned year-round club team swimmers. I started the sport of swimming on my school team and I remember feeling intimidated. Through the support of a great coach and fellow teammates, I ended that first season with the drive to improve so I joined a year-round club team. I strive to lead our team by encouraging all of our swimmers to reach for their personal best in and out of the pool. I can think of no other sport that allows the opportunity for everyone to find their own success. Swimming is hard work, and we all want to win. Every swim is an opportunity for a small victory when you jump into the pool and swim a little faster than you did the last time. I serve as a team captain because I want to cultivate the spirit of encouragement and sense of pride in working hard to achieve a goal that inspired me to pursue swimming.
During part of my time at Carolina Day School, I served on our school's Honor Council. Later I became one of our school ambassadors. I am proud of my high school and enjoy sharing this with new parents and students.
I came to the sport of swimming late compared to many of my peers. To say I've grown tremendously as a swimmer is an understatement. To be honest, when I started swimming, I had never even stood on a block. Part of healthy athletic performance is mental toughness which is something I relied upon heavily in the beginning. I started swimming with a club team around the age of 13 with kids who had been club swimming and competing since they were 6. As I've grown as an athlete, I've incorporated key factors like nutrition and good sleep habits. I try to maintain a diet free from sugar and excess junky carbs and work to get plenty of water each day. My club team does not currently have a weight training or dryland program, but I joined my school's track team to get some additional conditioning. Recently I've incorporated stretching to improve my flexibility and if I can find the time I would like to incorporate yoga or some other practice to improve flexibility.
I volunteer to coach a local summer swim team each year. Each year as I grow as a swimmer I get a chance to share my passion for swimming with kids and parents in our community. It is rewarding to see kids build skills and surprise themselves over the summer. I know I've done a good job when they race over to tell me they dropped time after a race or ask if I saw their dive. Some of our summer league swimmers have gone on to join year-round club teams and find their own passion for the sport.
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