May 31, 2017
Pictured (left to right): Ed Smith (Columbia University), Sofia Moufarrej (Cal State East Bay), Brandon Brown (University of the Pacific), Jessica He (Columbia University), Lyon Zhang (Northwestern University).
The Senior and Senior Elite groups of the Pleasanton Seahawks competitive USA Swim Club have 5 seniors graduating with the class of 2017 from local high schools. All of them will go on to attend colleges throughout the country and have made commitments to swim for those schools. These swimmers have enjoyed being a part of the Seahawk family.
Brandon Brown (Tracy High School) has been a part of the Seahawks for the past 6 years. Brown is excited to be attending the University of the Pacific majoring in Biological Sciences and swimming distance for the Tigers. He loved the competitive nature and hard work that goes into being a Seahawk, and coming to practice and being able to race every day. He remembers getting that first sectional cut, the big hug from his coach and his positive reinforcement, and the importance of never giving up.
Jessica He (Mission San Jose High School) will be attending and swimming for Columbia University in New York where she will be studying Financial Economics with a concentration in Business. When speaking of swimming she said, “as soon as I jump in the pool, all my stress from school and elsewhere can be temporarily put aside. I love challenging myself daily and doing what I love with so many people that I love.” She appreciates the team atmosphere and the support she feels at meets and at practice.
Sofia Moufarrej (Granada High School) will be studying Business at Cal State East Bay while also swimming for the Pioneers. After her bachelor’s degree she hopes to continue her education in culinary school to become a pastry chef. She has been a Seahawk for the last 3 years and said that swimming has taught her persistence, determination, patience and hard work. She enjoys, "the thrill of racing, the explosive feeling, and looking at the clock after a race and knowing that an entire season has paid off."
Ed Smith (Dublin High School), will also be swimming for Columbia University in New York, and hopes to study either Biology or Computer Science. Smith’s favorite Seahawk memory is traveling with the team and getting to spend time with his best friends. “The opportunity to travel to whole different places and swim against some talented and well-renowned athletes is amazing.” Swimming has taught him his limits both physical and mental, and has helped him to learn the value of teamwork and friendship.
Lyon Zhang (Mission San Jose High School) has committed to attend and swim for Northwestern University in Illinois. He is thinking about studying Economics or Applied Math. When asked about what he enjoyed most about being a Seahawk he said, "constantly being around those with similar goals and aspirations. I enjoyed the friendships swimming has led to the most.” He also commented that through swimming he realized that your peers have a huge impact on your own motivation and success."
Congratulations to the Pleasanton Seahawk class of 2017! Best of luck in your exciting futures!