|Club||Andrew Harbuck||Swim Dogs||Denver||-|
|High School||Andrew Harbuck|
|50yd free||50m free||100yd free||100m free||200yd free||200m free||400m free||500yd free||800m free||1000yd free||1500m free||1650yd free|
Senior Western Zones Qualifier in 50 fr with B Cut in 100 Fr., 2 years in a row on 4 A Colorado State Championship sprint relays in the 200 and 400 Fr., 3 years in a row Denver Public Schools A-League top 6 in sprint events, and Colorado USA Senior State Qualifier 2 years in a row for both short course and long course. She is also a Varsity Cross Country runner 3 years in a row for her high school.
Bella will graduate younger than the average age of her peers. She will enter her fall of 2021 collegiate year at 17 years old.
Not only do I love the sport of swimming, but more than that, I love being a part of a team of people who are all focused on helping each other become their best, who share goals, who work together in and out of the pool, and become so close to you that they are more than just friends. It is those people that make me feel like I belong and I am looking for that special group of people that I can call my "family" away from home.
I am a quiet and more reserved type of leader by nature and even though my parents might tell me to be more in the spotlight, I find that I am more comfortable when I am helping others to shine. There are many girls on my team who have never swam before or who are not on the varsity team, but they are just as important as anyone else. I find that helping them in the water with their strokes or learning how to dive for the first time off a block, cheering for them at the end of the lane, and giving encouragement one-on-one is where I shine as a leader. It is through those other swimmers successes and being a part of that in some way that I feel I have had an impact in a positive way. Sometimes the focus is always on the fastest swimmer when it really should be about all swimmers.
You need fuel to build muscle, keep muscle, and have energy, so I make sure that I am giving my body what it needs to power me through the day of school as well as double practices. My Mom does a good job of getting me high protein foods that are ready for me to pack for school and I regularly drink protein shakes, especially at night when I feel that my body needs more nutrients. I also work on trying to be mindful and finding ways to help lower my stress levels, take things off my plate if I need to have more balance, and I always talk to my parents when I am feeling like I need support either in athletics or academics.
I have been working within my internship this past year on a focus on school safety, in particular mental heath for students and staff, better safety measures at schools, prevention of gun violence and acts of violence at school, and speaking at a conference about school safety along with doing a solid amount of research on the above topics and providing that information to the organizer of the conference as part of my internship.