“Final call girl’s four by eight-hundred-meter relay” called the official. The Ontario Track girl’s four by eight-meter team trooped up to lane one, in unison. I would not have wanted to be racing with anyone else but my relay family. We had trained all season for this one race. Every workout, asthma attack, tear, and shin splint has lead up to this one race to break a twenty year old school record. As we jogged with the official from the bullpen to the starting line, the crowd had uproars of excitement for the athletes. An immense smile grew across my face, not only from the ecstatic crowd, but from the anticipation to race. I approached the starting line, in the first lane, while my teammates arrayed along the fence with the other second,
“Get up now,” My mom yelled down the hallway. “Hurry or you’ll be late!” My brother and I dreaded waking up early to swim, but we had chosen to commit. Even though I’ve competed every year since first grade, I still struggled. That summer swimming taught me to have stamina, the ability to not quit even though it was hard.
Imagine taking one step into a chlorine-filled arena. The humid air rushes onto your skin. An immense smile spreads across your face. This is because you know everything is about to change. In less than 24 hours you will be holding a glistening gold medal in your hand, standing up on the podium while the Star Spangled Banner blares for the whole world to hear and tears will stream down your face. Taking one look back at your coach, Teri McKeever, you realize if it wasn’t for her you would not be here. Graciously, you run up, swing your arms around her body, and embrace her in a powerful hug that says it all. Swimming is a very intense sport and consumes every second of a swimmer’s free time. However, putting in hundreds
In today’s society, a good quality education is an important and valuable necessity. As a college student at Lone Star College, my college experience has greatly influenced me in an enormous amount of ways. By attending college, I have not only had a chance to receive a quality education and degree, but also an opportunity to socialize and interact with various people from different cultures. In addition, the professors on campus have been extremely helpful towards teaching me to succeed in both inside and outside the class room. Furthermore, my college experience at Lone Star has greatly influenced and encouraged me to be successful and achieve my dream of becoming a doctor.
It wasn't Stony Brook's fault, they said and did all the right things. The media finally hopped on board, there were articles, ESPN love, and radio appearances. As much as a team tries to control the outside noise, it's never as easy as it sounds.
Ithaca College, known as IC, is a private college located just an hour’s drive south of Syracuse, in Ithaca, New York. The school was founded in 1892 as a music school. While it has always specialized in liberal arts, Ithaca College also offers a number of programs in business, science, and communications. It is popular for its degrees in journalism, performing arts, and health sciences.
"BEEEEEP!" Turning off the familiar but annoying sound of the alarm, lying in bed until the last possible second, I admit: this is the big day. All those practices and early mornings will be rewarded today. Finally crawling out of bed to get ready for the meet, I grab my goggles, a towel, water, and a quick breakfast on the way out the door. Checking in with the coach before finding the rest of the team as the pool area becomes louder with every passing minute while more and more people arrive at the big event. Sitting and resting, I try to save all my energy for the race. I put my headphones in and turn music on as I try to begin to focus. Talking to friends to try to calm nerves. It is time.
Pennny is a colorful fuzzy ball of fur. Pennny has butterfly wings and big rainbow eyes. She wears high socks, her hair sticks up and she wears a bow in it. She also carries a pink and purple magic wand. Her fur is blue and she also wears a silver neckless with magic dust in it.
During the spring of 2015, I missed all of the time cuts to make Speedo Sectionals, forcing me to compete in a much slower meet at the end of the season. There are few things I have experienced that are more crushing than trying my hardest and falling short of my goal. Despite the heavy disappointment, I used the opportunity to harden my resolve and use my strengths to my greatest advantage. Along with my coach’s help, I used my ability to think strategically and hone my technique through focus on the smallest details from how I would approach a swim mentally to how I would warm up. My coach had many important and useful suggestions and lessons from his past experience that required me to be an active learner that could apply his information.
Never running in muddy and cold weather like this, I became even more nervous, hoping I would not fall. Only thirty minutes before the race, I began stretching. After stretching, I found my chute and realized I would be sharing it with three other girls. We talked until the official came over to talk to all the girls. “Girls who participating in the 1A race, you have 1 minute until the race starts,” the official explained. Quickly I took off my outer garments until I was in my shorts and jersey tank.
Lonestar College is the first college that I study in the United States. Everything is new and completely different from my hometown but especially it is very impressive. It was very difficult for me to integrate and to properly handle everything, Lonestar College has helped me a lot, and since then Lonestar College has become very close to me as a second home.
Hofstra University is a prestigious, intellectual community. Hofstra’s students are well-rounded intellectuals who have a passion for their studies. As Vice President of my class for two consecutive years I have become a well rounded person through my encounters with my fellow classmates and community. Through community service activities such as Safe Halloween, Senior Citizen Prom, and many food drives with the Student Council and Philosophy Club, I have engaged myself in not only the community writhing the halls of Bethpage High School but also in the Bethpage community. Hofstra University offers numerous clubs and activities which will enable me to continue my involvement in my community. I would love to attend Hofstra University to continue my other activities as well. Mock Trial Club and Yearbook Club have become two of my biggest passions. The dedication to these clubs and preparation necessary to achieve something within these clubs are completely different
Today was the first meet of Xavier Thomas senior year. And he is the best swimmer on the team. But Xavier isn't the only senior with many scholarships. He has a best friend who will help him. Her name is Chloe. She has been Xavier’s girlfriend for three years, and she is the fastest girl on the team. Today, Xavier and Chloe’s team, Cosby Titans, are facing off against the Clover Hill Cavaliers. The nerves get to them, as they walk onto the pool deck, the cheers from the crowd fill the air as the team steps onto the blocks for warm ups. Chloe and Xavier lead their separate lanes into the cold and shivering water. Both of them were looking sharp as they finish their warm up. As their soaked bodies hop out of the water Chloe and Xavier looked competitive and ready to race.