|Club||Christopher Swartz||Central Ohio Rowing (formerly Dublin Crew)||Columbus||OH|
|Secondary Positions||Str, Scl|
|Best Time (mm:ss.s)||1:45.9||7:58.9||21:47.5||-||-||-||-|
|Bench Press (max)||Wingspan||Years rowing|
Head of the Charles 2019
Midwest Erg Sprints 2020
Ready Set Row Virtual Rowing Camp 2020
US Rowing Olympic Development Camp 2021
Non Rowing Athletics:
Rowing in Head of the Charles;
Rowing at Youth Nationals 2021;
Most Improved 2018-2019;
Excellence in Rowing Award 2020-221;
2020 Midwest Erg Sprints;
Completing Ready Set Row virtual camp;
1 of 350 selected to attend the USrowing Olympic Development Program 2021;
Varsity letter for swimming freshman and sophomore years;
Student Council 2021-2022
I want to be recruited to row in college because from the moment I started crew I knew I loved it. I started crew by doing a summer learn to row camp and after the first day of being on the water I told my parents I wanted to join the team for the fall. I didn't know what I was doing or even how to take a stroke but I instantly felt the connection I have to the sport. As I've gotten older I knew that I wanted to continue rowing at a higher level. Rowing is so special to me and I want to continue to grow with the sport in my college years.
Off the water I always take it upon myself to meet and learn more about our new team mates and I always make myself available for questions or just to be a friend. I also do this at school with new students. Going to a k-12 school it can be harder for new people because most people have been friends since Elementary and Middle School. I've been the new kid at school and on a team and its scary and hard. So I always try to be as welcoming as I can. Especially on my team I always reach out to the novices more than the other varsity members typically do. The novices always tell me that I am supportive and encouraging. I have also shown leadership on the water. The spring of my novice season there were only novice 4 girls. I was our "hype-man". I gave the boat talks before races and encouraged them that we would have good races. My team mates have said I was a big help during practices and regattas to keep them positive. This upcoming year I will be on student council as a senior class representative at my school and I hope to become a captain on our women's team.
I continue to stay health by continuing to listen to my body and making sure I am taking the right steps physically and mentally. I make sure to stretch and warm up my body before workouts and cool down after as well. I take these steps to prevent injury's. Mentally I strive to have a balance of practice, school, and time for me to rest and recharge. I learned to not burn out I need to make sure I am getting enough sleep and taking time in the day for my self. If I recharge my self it will help me to have better performances as a student and as a athlete.
I have had multiple service opportunities in my community. Most of my service hours are from trips and programs through my school but I have done some service outside of that with my family and my team. I have attended a couple soup kitchens/ food banks but the most notable one was the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. I am proud to have volunteered there and I plan on volunteering more in the future. Similar to that I have volunteered with Meals on Wheels as well. My peers and I helped package the food that was being delivered to people. These services are important to me simply because we are all human. I have grown up financially privileged so it is important to me to help others who haven't been as fortunate as I am. I joined girls ensemble with my school and we visited nursing homes to perform for the residents . I also did a project in 8th grade where we went to a nursing home and asked some of the residents about when they were young. This isn't a conventional type of service but when we went to talk to them they all lit up when they were telling their stories and it was amazing to see how much joy they had telling us. Even though this was years ago I will never forget one of the residents that stood out to me. I can't remember her exact age but she was over 100 years old and when she told us about her childhood and her adult years she looked like she was in her 20's again. She told us "Don't go through life with regrets. Live your life to the fullest." Which is why these things are so important to me. Seeing the way they told us about their stories is a feeling you cant get any other way. My most recent community service opportunity is cleaning up our boatyard that I practice at with my team. My boat yard is located in a park and every year we clean up the trash in the park. This is important to me because we need to take care of our earth more now than ever because of all the pollution and trash there is in our environment. I also helped with grant reading for the Women's Fund of Ohio.
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