|Club||Alex Nieto||Irvine Novaquatics||Irvine||CA|
|High School||Kareem Captan|
|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|
2018-2019 - Southern California Swimming Top 8 Performance Award;
Awarded Southern California Swimming's Top 8 Performance Award 2018-2019
At Junior Olympics, I went to finals for the 200M fly and finished 13th. I was on 2 relays for the 15 & over group, one of which was the 200M Free Relay (3rd place medal) and where I got my sectional cut.
Sectional Time: 50 Free(LCM-Relay Lead-Off).
2 Sectional Bonuses (100 Free LCM and 100 Fly SCY) - very close and I will get those times per my goals.
Prior to that, I had moved up to Senior Gold 1 in my club team (Irvine Novaquatics) at the beginning of the Spring 2019 season and I had an exciting high school sophomore year as a 2nd year Varsity swimmer (I received Most Valuable Sophomore and previously Most Outstanding Freshman of the Year); our team went to CIF for relays and I also received the 100 yd Fly CIF consideration. During the season, I had my personal best in the 500 yd Free with a 5:00.58.
Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s (YMAA), CDMHS Chapter, Co-Founder/Co-President, (9/2019-Present)
Accepted to Summer Research program for Pathways to Stem Cell Science (8/2019)
First Robotics - Triton Tech 6072 - Houston World Championships (2018 and 2019)
Future Career Club - Co-founder/Co-President (2018-Present)
Peer Assistance League (PAL) - Accepted to leadership program. (2019-Present)
BLS Provider/Basic Life Support Certification (CPR & AED) (7/2019)
CIF Southern Section Academic Awards: Boys Swimming, 7th place- Honorable Mention, (2018-2019)
California Scholarship Federation/CSF - Semester Member (Sophomore Year); Associate Member (Freshman Year)
Accepted to UCI Summer Premed program (only 150 selected worldwide) (6/2018)
USA Swimming - Phillips 66 - Nationals - Volunteer (Basket Carrier/Medal holder) (Summer 2018)
Current Events Club - Co-founder/Co-President (2017-2018)
UC Davis 2017 - Team/Roboplay Challenge Division 1, 1st Place in Southern California (2017)
I want to pursue swimming in college because of the values it has taught me in becoming a responsible and accountable adult. I see swimming as a choice and not a obligation, as I enjoy participating in practice and seeing my teammates virtually everyday. Competitive swim has taught me the values of discipline, respect, and fellowship; learning to listen to your coach and valuing his opinion and knowledge to achieve goals; while also supporting your teammates in their goals. I hope to continue to build lasting friendships with my new teammates and my future coach, learning to grow in my athletic career and personal growth in team collaboration.
I have been volunteering at the Alzheimer's Family Center (AFC) and discovered the need for teens to volunteer at the facility, due to the lack of awareness of the disease. I was taught if I see a need, I should fill it; therefore, I researched how I could help and I co-founded a chapter for my high school, which focuses on public awareness for Alzheimer's and Dementia.
I invited my friend on my swim team to join me in this cause, after I already had invited her to join me in volunteering at the AFC . I asked my friend because she is a strong leader and I believed swimmers also have the ability to work in collaboration to produce results. She and I now have our own chapters, at our own high schools, and we believe our club chapters will make a huge difference in Orange County in creating awareness and finding a cure through funding research . The cause is called "Youth Movement for Against Alzheimer's" and I believe with our leadership, both chapters will make a difference in our communities to create change and social impact.
Healthy athletic performance as a student-athlete is defined by the perseverance and commitment to goals in athletics, experiencing triumph as well as failure; learning that outcomes are a result of continuous practice, improvement in technique, and self-awareness. I have learned to appreciate the wins as well as understand losses as growth opportunities.
I have been serving as an Activities Volunteer at the Alzheimer's Family Center in Huntington Beach, CA. I found the opportunity after my great-grandmother passed away last year and I wanted to give back to other seniors suffering from the same disease. My family was given her diagnosis after her death, so it was far too late to make a difference. It compelled me to make a real change, starting with volunteering once or twice a week; taking time to get to know the residents of the daycare facility and helping them with activities (e.g. puzzles, walking, games, crafts, and conversation). I am currently working in collaboration with friends on a large-scale strategic initiative to create real change and social impact in the healthcare sector, establishing a nonprofit organization to help our community members.
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