|Club||Dexter Hinman||Niagara- Unattached||Mexico||NY|
|High School||Shawn Parkhurst|
|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|
Niagara Zone Team 2015 (100 fly), Qualified Niagara Zone Team 2017 (200 fly), Fly leg of school record 2016 - 200 Medley Relay (7th grade :29.25 split), 8th grade 2017 Mexico Varsity Coach's Award, Mexico Tiger Sharks Most Improved Swimmer in age group 2015, 2016, 2017, Mexico Varsity Scholar Athlete Team and Individual Recognition (7th grade, 8th grade, 9th grade, 10th grade), Varsity: Qualified for NYS Section 3 sectionals 7th grade, 8th grade, 9th grade, 10th grade - made the podium top 8 as a 7th grader in the 100 fly and 200 IM, and state qualifiers 7th grade, 8th grade, 9th grade (had hip surgery 10th grade and missed all, but one meet - qualified for sectionals in that 1 meet). Mexico Tiger Sharks Championship Qualifier Team (Silvers) 2013, 2014, 2015 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, USA Niagara Unattached Silvers 2020, and Mexico Tiger Sharks Chanpionship Golds Team SCY 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, Mexico Tiger Sharks LCM Golds Championship Teams 2016, 2018
Exceptional Athlete - Varsity 7th grade-present, set 1 school record, Scholar Athlete, overcame a major setback in my sophomore year, highly motivated and goal driven
I have the unique situation where my father has been my coach at different point in my club and varsity career. I began swimming at the age of 4. My father was the head coach of our club team for 2 years, when I was 6 and 7. I then joined the Mexico Tiger Sharks at the age of 8. This past November (2019), after nursing a hip injury for almost a year, I had surgery and missed my sophomore season. I swam on race in August with my varsity team and earned my sectional cut. I was then with my team for almost every practice and meet, but not contributing in the pool. I have always loves swimming, but I learned the appreciation for my sport when I was told I had to miss some time. I want to be part of a collegiate swim team because I love the individuality that contributes to the team sport. I will gain another family when I swim in college. My swim family is amazing and I have been on other teams. Every single person on every single team is still part of my swim family. Their parents and siblings become part of the family too and we all support each other. Now that I have had surgery, I know that I have worked really hard to come back and be even stronger and more capable than ever. Surgery gave me the motivation and drive to reassess my goals and really stretch beyond my comfort zone to be the best I can be. I am in competition with myself and I'm working extremely hard to beat myself every day.
I am naturally shy and quiet. Once I am comfortable with my team, I become more relaxed and talk a little more. I am not an in your face, vocal type of leader. I tend to lead by example. Instead of complaining about something, I tend to show people what we should do by doing it. I am not a captain yet, but even if I don't get selected to be a captain, I don't need the title to be a leader. I go out of my way to help swimmers that may struggle and offer suggestions to assist them. In the end, I want to be the best me, but if I don't help others be better, we won't be a good team. It is important in life to help others be better as well. Off the pool deck, I am the same way. There is no pride and glory in only bettering me. If I don't positively contribute to my community, then I am not a leader. I don't change who I am and because I am consistent and reliable, people know they can depend on me and they know exactly what they are going to get when they approach or ask me to help.
Because of my surgery, I have been focused on my overall "comeback." When I had surgery, I had to be aware of my eating habits so that I recovered quickly. I was supposed to be out for 8 months, but with a lot of hard work, I returned to the pool in only 6 weeks. I was not 100% until just recently, but it was my determination and work that got me there. I was able to qualify for my silvers meet and although my times were not my fastest, I was back in the pool and able to push off of a wall (I swam with one leg for almost a year). I am fortunate to have parents that understand athletic training and are willing to pay for what I need. I used chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, cupping, physical therapy, my school athletic trainer, and 1:1 personal athletic training. My personal trainer is Leroy Collins, who is orthopedic trained and a former NFL running back. I know how to train myself and I am regimented and routined in my training. Along with the strength and conditioning part of my routine, I am also very aware of the nutrition side of athletics. I know what to eat and how to balance healthy choices with the amount of calories I need to consume after burning the thousands of calories that I do each day. I am very mindful of not swimming on "an empty tank," because I know how that affects my performance. I know what foods enhance my performance and use that to benefit my overall athletic performance.
I do whatever someone needs me to do. I time for the boys swim meets because I know they need my help. I run 5Ks to bring awareness to "Life Matters." My personal trainer, Leroy Collins, hosts 5Ks each month to being awareness to local non-profit organizations in our area. We use our social media and word of mouth to being positive attention to the wonderful organizations in our community, such as the local food pantries, Catholic Charities, Oswego County Opportunities, and more. It is important because these organizations are the lifeline for many in our community and they are grossly underfunded. By bringing positive attention to them, we are helping these organizations get the spotlight and sponsors they need to continue serving our community.