|Club||Brandon Modrov||Hauppauge Athletic Association||Hauppauge||NY|
|High School||Tom Scott|
|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|
4 Years Varsity; all-league, all county; NY State relay team
Swimming on a college team for four years would be a continuation of my 11 years of competitive life. I have learned that the sacrifice of missing parties and weekend plans due to swim practice and swim meets is worth the character growth that I have developed because of my long-time participation in swimming and scouting.
Being a member of a swim team helped me realize that swimming exists as both an individual and a team sport. The unique demands of swim training, including waking up when it’s dark to train for two hours (while my non-swim friends are still dreaming), moving through cold, chlorinated water that dries out my skin and hair and persevering through grueling sets, only to do it again at night, have instilled characteristics that will guide me in my life when I am confronted with difficult situations. The discipline it takes to commit to swimming and to push myself through tough workouts has improved my ability to commit to schoolwork and provides me the time to focus and organize my thoughts as I glide through the water during practice.
Some of my teammates have become my closest friends. Creating personal bonds with special people who love to do the same thing helps get us through that last painful set at practice. The ties between these friends are so powerful that I now consider these teammates my extended family. Dedication to swimming has made me understand that loyalty and friendship are two key characteristics in life that I cannot neglect. I am driven to becoming the best swimmer I can be. More importantly, there is never a day where I would miss the opportunity to help a teammate with his or her technique if that assistance will advance my teammate’s goals and our team as a whole. As years go by, individual and team awards will collect dust and races and meets that were won will be forgotten. However, it is the friendships and the self-development that will remain instilled to guide me though life’s difficult challenges.
I'm a believer that swimmers make the best students because of the time-management skills needed to properly be prepared for practice, competitions, and succeed in class. The intense and rigorous training regimen has taught me to persevere through adversity. Contrary to what some may believe, swimming is actually emotionally draining. It is the most mentally challenging activity I have ever done. Training relentlessly, both mentally and physically to overcome faster foes who may be my best friends. The mental aspect of competitive swimming has prepared me for the rigors of the college lecture hall.
Swimming has taught me that obstacles can be overcome, with perseverance and dedication being the ultimate foundations for success. I can use these basic tenets and the will to succeed to perform well in classes. When I am confronted with a demanding assignment, I already have the instilled discipline derived from innumerable hours of pool practices to help guide me. And, since I have a swimmers’ mentality, I can help the college swim team succeed. As I grow mentally, physically and emotionally, swimming continues to shape me and prepare me for the future.
I am an Eagle Scout (pending Board of Review). The dedication and perseverance necessary in swim are also required to earn an Eagle Scout. I have been involved in scouting since first grade and I have learned to lead scouts and adults, culminating in the supervision and completion of my Eagle project. The typical Eagle project involves managing an average of 250 man-hours through completion. My project included over 500 man-hours for the beneficiary organization, BikesfortheWorld.org. The project involved collecting 220 bicycles in any condition, stripping usable parts from the unfixable bikes and storing the bikes until refurbishing. I had to secure storage and new part donations from the local bike store, provide bike repair lessons to the scouts, fundraise for the cost of parts, feed volunteers and transport the bikes to the pickup facility. I secured a workshop and managed three repair weekends where we set up several work stations, each with a specific duty. In all, I was able to deliver 111 bicycles in excellent working condition to the beneficiary organization. These bikes eventually went to folks in El Salvador, providing transportation for adults to go to work, and children to ride to school.
The characteristics developed through swimming and scouting have evolved together, instilling in me the necessary self-discipline, training and skills to succeed in swim, scouts, school and life. I eagerly await and look forward to the challenges life has in store for me.
I believe that swimming in college will help me maintain my focus both in the pool and in the lecture halls. Being recruited will insure that the college I select will be a great all-around fit for me, the swim program and the academic side of the college.
In the pool I help the coach with the younger swimmers in the developmental program.
As described above, I am a pending Eagle Scout.
In order to pursue "healthy athletic performance", it is important to eat a healthy diet, allow for enough hours to sleep so my body can rest and grow, and maintain a consistent training regimen so my body maintains top performance levels.
Also, I am extremely aware of the damage PED's can cause to my physical and mental well-being, as well as my reputation.
Completing my Eagle Scout project required an enormous amount of community involvement through the cooperation, consideration and solicitation of volunteers such as neighbors, scouts, adult leaders and business entities. This was a vast undertaking of many community components. Working together with all of these parts makes the community stronger and allows for the opportunity to place reliance in one another. The joining together of the community in a project like this strengthens the bonds of the all participants.
I am also involved with the Project Veterans Club and the Long Island Veterans Project. I revere the veterans in my community as they were willing to sacrifice their lives to insure my safety and the protection of our democratic way of life. Helping veterans is the least I can do to pay back their service to my community.