I was born in Decorah and have lived here my whole life. My earliest memory of swimming was taking lessons at the community pool. I have loved to swim and be around water ever since I can remember, especially going out on the river with family in the summer. My first years of competitive swimming started during summer swim team. The summer before my freshman year I quit summer swim team to focus on other sports. Then in the winter of my junior year, I joined the school swim team. It was an amazing season, and I’m very happy with my choice to return to the water. No matter how many times I’ve taken a break from swimming, I always come back. I love being part of a team, and I think it’s always more fun to succeed as a family than it is by yourself.