I learned to swim when I was only 4 years old after my family moved from NC to VA. The swim team was the only extracurricular activity available in the neighborhood, and my parents desperately wanted my brother and me to make new friends (I secretly think THEY wanted to make new friends), so they threw us in swim lessons. Before long we were both on the summer swim team that trained at the same pool. Both my brother and I took to the sport very quickly, and we were swimming in year-round programs by the time I was 9. I stayed on that year-round team until I graduated high school, and went on to swim in college at Lehigh University in PA. I became the captain of the team, swam at U.S. Nationals and Olympic Trials, and stayed for the 5th year as an assistant coach for the Lehigh team while I got my master’s degree.
I moved to RI for work right after school in July of 2018 where I met Coach Maruti, and he told me all about his favorite swim team in the world: the Newport Wahoos! Naturally, I had to see what the hype was about, came to the pool to meet Randy and Jordan, and was added to the coaching roster in December of 2018. I had a blast getting to know everyone last season and am pumped to be returning for my first full season this year. This sport has done so much for me in my life, so I love having the ability to pay it forward and try to make those same opportunities available for younger generations. And while my current swimming capabilities are far less impressive than what they used to be, you might catch me flailing around in the pool every now and again trying to train for my new pastime: triathlons!