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My parents have always told me that I could swim long before I could walk. I would terrify the lifeguards by launching myself from the diving board at the age of 2 and swimming underwater to the wall. It wasn’t too long after this that my parents enrolled me into USA Swimming. From there the rest you can say is history. I spent much of my childhood chasing the black line on the bottom of the pool. This drive and competition lasted through college.
After college, I thought it was necessary to find out what life had to offer away from the 8 pool lanes and the chlorinated water. I explored the world and moved to many new places. Upon my move to Oregon, I needed a way to meet new people. I again returned to the pool and met fellow water enthusiasts. It was like coming back home.
Not long after returning to the pool, I was in a training class and the question was posed to me. “If you had all the time in the world, what would you do?” My post-it note quickly was filled with “I’d swim the English Channel”. Now I thought this was some joke. It was as if my subconscious had taken over and written this goal down before I had a chance to argue.
Well, there it was and thus my marathon swimming career began. From my first tentative strokes in cold open water, I knew I was hooked. I had found my passion. I did successfully complete the English Channel for the first time in September 2007 and was the fastest American for the Channel Swimming Association in a time of 10 hours and 2 minutes.
I also began to learn that through my swimming I could help the lives of others. I set a goal to raise $50,000 for Breast Cancer Research through my swimming. (Donations are always welcomed.) Three years later and I’ve reached the halfway point and just like in my swimming I intend to put one arm in front of the other until my swimming dreams and fundraising goals are fulfilled.