When I walked into the pool area on my first day of high school swimming practice in seventh grade, I made two goals for myself to accomplish during my high school swimming career: break the Sartell school record of 55.88 seconds in the 100 yard backstroke and win the MSHSL Class A State Championship in that event as well. For six years, I trained everyday with these goals in the back of my mind. After numerous trips to the State meet, I had yet to achieve what I had set out to do. When I qualified for the State meet my senior year of high school, it was my last opportunity to turn my goals into a reality. My senior year State meet was different than previous years.
After finding that Banning High school offered an after school swim team, I joined their swim team around the age of twelve. Despite working hard at practice every day, I was not able to get faster. I was determined to get better so I would go home, watch videos, and learn the techniques. All of my friends and family motivated me to not give up. I started to attend every competition and even though I was not coming out in the first place, I kept trying.
For the last two years swimming has taken up most of my time. That time was spent getting faster, conversing with teammates, and helping the younger girls get better. After practice one day my coach informed me that I would not be making the sections team because of my time. Being the first senior in five years not to make it, I felt like a failure. For the next few days of practice I checked out mentally.
My freshman year of high school Coach Specht was the assistant soccer coach. At tryouts he told me that I would have a bright future as a player and could possibly play varsity as a freshman. Throughout the year, I keep putting in the time and finally half way through the season, I got my chance to play my first varsity game. This showed me that he really believed in my skill, to put a freshman in against mostly juniors and seniors. Not many coaches will risk putting someone that young on the field.
Then as my junior year came around my next sticking moment came. As seen in the picture my junior year I was finally on varsity. I didn’t expect to play or contribute much, I was just happy to be on the team. The third game rolls around and were playing one of the best teams in the league, if not the state. So, i 'm expecting to go in once were down by thirty or so and i 'll have fun playing the garbage minutes.
For example, when I first joined the swim team, I barely knew how to swim. Compared to a three years later, I was one of the fastest kids on the team. A substantial amount of growth, I would say. However, if I compared myself three years from today, I would say I would drop less than two seconds. This improvement might be nothing to someone who doesn't know anything about swimming, like Ralph Waldo Emerson, but it still is an improvement.
The birds were chirping, children were laughing, and you could feel the sun tingle on your skin. This was soon ruined by a horrid moment on the beach. It was a tradition that everytime we camped at Norway, that we had to swim in the lake at least once a day. This day, we were a bit late on our plans, because I needed to pack all my sand castle toys to play with at the beach. As I was packing, my sisters headed down to the water alone, since nothing
Since sophomore year, I barely missed the state track meet and the Free State record by a couple of inches. After my last track meet in my junior year, I was determined to finally accomplish the 35’11 triple jump that I aspired for years. I became committed to the sport, training every morning and evening to perfect a jump that a Free State student has not accomplished. Little by little, I grew out of the goal, realizing that there are more important objective in life to worry about and to
I was even able to make the SACS Varsity cheer team, which is an unforgettable experience knowing that they are one of the best in town. Every single accomplishment has been worked for with hours and hours of preparation, and even years in experience. Nobody would ever imagine that my first year trying out as a cheerleader I had been rejected. Although I did fail at cheer my first try, it only fueled me to try out again the following year. After weeks and
Because of this hard work, I lettered varsity my freshman year at Crown Point, and I was placed on the varsity Munster volleyball team. I have been on the most successful club team around. We have gotten third place at our national tournament two years in a row, and also won our national tournament one year. People say “you do not know what you have had, until you have lost it.” The meaning of this quote has become appallingly clear, as it has become my reality. Up until now, I have always taken volleyball for granted.
I ran to the 45 to the 35 to the 20, hoping to find the kick returner. 8 months waiting for this moment all the sweat, pain, 100 degree sun beaming UV rays to my face. I kept going for the guy next to me performing to the best to his ability. Success was the result of all the hard relentless work done throughout June into August. I acknowledged that my team had a good group of seniors who were high character student-athletes I spent most of childhood with.Ultimately finishing with a record of 3 wins and 7 loses taught me many lessons on becoming a better person and
Spring break started as a celebration for respect of the greek gods, Dionysus and Bacchus, the gods of wine. Although, a more recent tradition of spring break emerged from a college swim coach in Florida. According to Time Magazine, in 1936, a swim coach took his students to the newly built, olympic sized pool, now named Casino Pool, to practice. Some saw it as an opportunity to start a competition. By 1938, there were over 300 swimmers competing.
Bill was not a characteristic star, he needed to work hard to win his position on the beginning line up on the varsity his senior year. Bill was cut from his middle school group and did not make it onto the varsity group until his lesser year. The main school that offered him a grant was the University of San Francisco. While going to USF, Bill turned into a greatly improved player by rehearsing without stopping for even a minute. He at last advanced onto the varsity group his sophomore year, and amid his lesser and senior years he helped USF win two NCAA title titles.Amid his time playing university b-ball, Bill truly changed how b-ball was played.
For instance, I feel great sense of pride when I reflect on my years of leading a Relay For Life. Knowing that my team has fundraised over $10,000 in 5 years, and was the first team in Pembroke Pines to raise $1,000 this year, gives me a feeling of satisfaction, because I know that the work my team and I are doing is making a difference. Another rewarding aspect to being a leader, is helping someone achieve his or her goals. For example, helping teach the beautiful game of water polo to my friends interested in playing for Flanagan, is often the highlight of my day. Last year, I had no experience in the water at all, but with the help of the seniors on the team then, I was able to improve and become a much better athlete.
My full name is Angel Jose Garcia, I am 16 years old and I am attending Grace M. Davis high school; I started off freshman year as a chubby kid with no motivation, but as I got a little bit older I have come to change for the better; I am very motivated to succeed and express myself. I enjoy running on my own and in cross country, as well as Teens Run Modesto. I do swimming as a school sport when it comes around, this was my second year doing it and I was team captain. I ran the Modesto Marathon for the first time on March 19, 2017 and got a time of 5 hours and 45 minutes, I know I will get a much better time next year. Apart from running and swimming, I like to participate in school theatre and hanging out with my friends during lunch.