|Club||John Fodell||Grosse Pointe Gators||Grosse Pointe||-|
|High School||Danielle Woody|
|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|
9th Grade Grosse Pointe North High School Swim Team--
10th Grade Grosse Pointe North High School Swim Team--
11th Grade Grosse Pointe North High School Swim Team--
Grosse Pointe Gators Swim Club
I want to be recruited to play sports in college because I love to swim. My love and dedication to swimming challenges me to work harder and continuously keeps me focused on beating my own personal best times. Swimming is part of my daily routine and keeps me focused both in the pool and outside of the pool. While swimming, I have lots of time to think about my assignments for the week and what I need to focus on for the next day, next week or even after swim practice. Although swimming is a personal sport, it is also a team sport. I love the team bonding events and swimming with my team mates. We love to laugh and joke with each other when we are not working hard.
I have demonstrated leadership in and out of the swimming pool. While swimming for the three different swim teams every year, I am always leading by example in the pool. I work hard and put in 110% effort into every practice and competition. Last year, I received the Team Work Horse Award in 10th grade because I was ready to get to work at the beginning of every practice. I am always ready for a hard practice set and have encouraged other swimmers to work hard too. Next year as a senior, I will be captain of the swim team and will continue to lead by example.
In addition to swimming, I have also demonstrated leadership and service in several extracurricular activities as well--one activity that shows my leadership is being an assistant coach for Brownell Middle School. While being an assistant coach, I am responsible for making sure that the swimmers follow the program, correct the team members' strokes and most importantly, have fun. The last two years, I worked one-on-one with a student with autism to improve his strokes and teach him to dive. I encouraged all swimmers, even swimmers with special needs, to do their best to achieve their own personal goals. By leading the swimmers by example, I am hoping that other student swimmers will take the time for students who are different every day. Again, I am leading by example to help all students even the students that may be different.
Each and every day, I schedule my day in order to pursue a "healthy athletic performance" as a student-athlete. I live to swim. I will say that I sleep, eat and swim! However, I do make time to do my homework in order to achieve good grades, read for leisure, draw and hang out with friends. In order to do all the things that I love inside and outside of the pool, I have to be on a strict schedule to keep up with homework and be able to make practice each and every day.
Inside the pool, I am dedicated to do my very best at practice and in competition. I practice at least six days per week. By practicing every day, I keep my body fit for competition and am able to make the goals that I have set for myself. I am constantly reviewing my recordings to see where I can improve my form on my strokes or my turns. I also watch the Olympic swimming competitions for additional stroke technique improvement.
In order to be a healthy student athlete, I must make sure that I maintain a healthy body and mind. In order to keep my body healthy, I am constantly finding new recipes to fuel my body. Because I have several food allergies, it is important that I read all the ingredients and make sure that I am getting the proper nutrition to compete. My mind is just as important to keep healthy. I have read Conquer the Pool and I keep a daily log of my swimming performance in practice and competitions.
Lastly, having a good support system is needed in order to pursue a "healthy athletic performance" as a student-athlete. My support system consists of my coaches, parents, teachers, school counselor, friends and extended family. The people in my support system celebrate my successes, help me when I need help, give me advice and will catch me when I fall.
I am involved in several service projects with my community because I enjoy helping others and giving back to friends, family, neighbors and even strangers in my community. Prior to the pandemic it was easier to give back to the community with in-person activities. During the pandemic, I am still giving back to my community; however, I have to be more creative in finding ways to give back to others.
Prior to the pandemic, I enjoyed volunteering as an assistant swim coach at Brownell and volunteering with several service projects with the Girl Scouts. Being an assistant coach at Brownell Middle School allowed me to share my love of swimming with other athletes and help the swimmers to achieve their goals. I have been a Girl Scout since I was six years old and have enjoyed volunteering my time. Two of the most important service projects were singing Christmas carols at the nursing home and sending cookies to the military units in Iraq and the veterans at the VA hospital. Both service projects allowed me to put a smile on the face of elderly patients and the service men and women.
As I said before, finding volunteer opportunities have been more difficult after the pandemic. However, I had to be more creative in finding ways to help others in my community. I purchased, made and delivered treat bags to neighbors, family and friends - I enjoy giving gifts to others and making others smile. I also tutored Kenzie, a neighbor in the 4th grade, in math while she was in quarantine for two weeks. I was able to use Zoom to help Kenzie with her math and also help her parents who were working from home. As a member of the National Honor Society, I was also involved in the following service projects: Toy Drive for Children's Hospital, donated towels and wash clothes for Detroit Dog Rescue and donated money to Gleaners Food Kitchen for the homeless. I chose the NHS service projects because I love dogs, it is important to help children feel better when they are in the hospital and to help serve the homeless community.
I have always enjoyed helping others from an early age. Helping others make me feel good and puts a smile on the person who I am helping. The service projects that I have been involved in allows me to help others in several different ways. Each service project helps a specific cause that I am interested in, but overall, I just enjoy making another person happy and to spread kindness.
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