|Club||Austin Wood; Jay Dodson||Star Aquatics||High Point||NC|
|High School||Jill Starling|
|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|
2021 All Conference Swimming Individual; Team MVP
Eagle Scout with five palms
Volunteer at Solid Rock Food Pantry for four years
I can't imagine not swimming and not being part of a team. When I was three, I went with my big brother to his swim team practices and the coach had to make me stay out of the pool. Later that same coach, had to push me in to get me to dive in the deep end. The relationships I have with that coach and the others I have swam for along with my teammates are a part of who I am. I have made many friends on different teams and at different camps and clinics. These friends understand and respect me for who I am in a way that my other friends don't understand. Swimming in college will give me the opportunity to build relationships in college with other people I share something in common with. I look forward to getting better as a swimmer with help from my coaches and my teammates. I look forward to being able to represent my school in a way that others may not be able to and helping others learn about the sport. At the same time, building these relationships will help me learn more about the kind of person I want to be.
I have shown leadership off the field as an Eagle Scout in my Boy Scout Troop and as a member of the Order of the Arrow. For my Eagle Project, I designed and raised the money for a Veteran's Memorial and landscaping project at my church. I had to lead the other scouts in my troop in the fundraising activities, completing the landscaping and doing the prep work so that the memorial containing the names of 74 Veteran's could be installed. The project took almost a year to complete, but I am very proud of it and what it means to our community.
I am a member of a very small high school team. Our coach wants everyone to be able to swim if they want to. Some of our swimmers have to work very harder than others. They have not been as fortunate as I have been in being able to start club swimming when I was little. I try to encourage them and work with them on during our down time. I will help them during practice if my coach asks me to, but most of the time, it is when we are having free time so I don't disrupt what the coach is trying to do. I have had other friends who have tried things that are not healthy and have told me about it. After talking with my parents, we talked with them about how dangerous this is and I keep trying to get them to stop. Together my mom and I talked with the parents of one friend and we came up with a plan to get them the help they needed.
In the last year, I have started working out with our Athletic Director during the week to include strength and conditioning as a regular part of my training. I also try to go to the gym at least once on the weekend to do activities specifically to strengthen my legs to help improve my kick. I try to pay attention to what I am eating to make sure I am eating enough and eating good things. When my friends talk about doing things that are not healthy, I am able to talk to my parents about it. We come up with ways to help me refuse to get into the things they are doing, but also ways for me to be a good friend and help them where I can. I am also lucky that my parents want to make sure I don't spend all of my time in the pool but get to have friends over, work on our farm, go on vacations, go to football games and movies, etc. so I can enjoy being in high school.
As a Boy Scout, community involvement is a critical component; but after completing my Eagle Project, I have remained involved in my community - even apart from scouting. I serve as liturgist every other month for my church. It is a small country church so getting people to help lead part of the service is hard. When they need things built for vacation bible school, I have been able to help out. I recently built a wooden cross on a pedestal for bible school that was then used to build a private prayer room for members of our church and community. My favorite service activity is volunteering in the summer for the Solid Rock Food Pantry. The director lets me come in and volunteer around my work schedule. She calls me her warehouse manager, but I am responsible for making sure that boxes of food are ready for distribution, backpacks for kids are packed and shelves are full with the needed food items. I have done this for several years and look forward to it each summer.
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