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Class of 2012

 Each school year, the Cruisers' graduating seniors each choose a charitable organization to represent their ideals, values and lives. With help from their teammates and coaches, the seniors raise funds throughout the year and make a donation to each of their organizations after graduation. The Class of 2012 will divide $2000 between their charities.

Congratulations to the Class of 2012! 

Adam Liakos - Plymouth High School

I started cruisers in spring of 2010, and swam for Plymouth High School for all 4 years and plan to attend Eastern Michigan University in the fall.

My favorite memories would be dryland soccer/football games with roger and somaran, and swimming in the 2012 state meet
 
Advice to underclassmen: Attendance is a big deal, you will definitely be better is you don't take time off. Also, breathe to both sides and ice often, injuries aren't fun.

I've decided to donate to the American Cancer Society, because several people that I have been related to or known have past away due to different types of cancer.

 

Stephanie Matsui - Plymouth High School

 
I started club swimming when I was eight on DRD, switched to CW when I started 8th grade, then finally switched to PCC after I finished high school season junior year. I swam for cruisers for about a year.I went to Plymouth High School.
 
Organization--Penrickton Center for Blind Children (http://penrickton.com/). I chose this organization because I volunteered there over the summer and got to meet all of the kids that were there. It was amazing to see what the kids could do, because you would never expect it, so it was always a surprise. 
 
Future plans--I plan on going to the University of Michigan to study pre-pharmacy. After that I plan on applying to their College of Pharmacy for graduate school to become some type of pharmacist. 
 
Favorite moment--My favorite cruisers moment was swimming in the Grand Prix at the University of Michigan in 2011. I only swam in the relays, and I didn't get my best times, but it was exciting to swim at a meet with all of the international swimmers for the first time. 
 

My advice to underclassmen would be to have fun but to train hard and focus at practice. At the end of the season, qualifying for all of the big meets and having a great taper make everything worth it. 

 

Will Long - Salem High School


I started swimming in the 4th grade with PCC.  I attended Discovery Middle School and swam on their team during my 7th and 8th grade years.  I attended Salem High School and swam varsity for four years with them.  I currently work at the summit, so I am always around the water.    My favorite team moment would be going to the State Meet my first year and hanging with all of my teammates during practices and meets.  My advice to underclassmen is to understand why and who you are swimming for, it will make some situations much easier on yourself.  


 

AMERICAN RED CROSS
 

I chose the American Red Cross because they have a very long history of helping all people in need all around the world.  I recently became lifeguard certified and am now part of the ARC.

 

Maggie Sniedeman - Salem High School

 

I started Cruisers when I was 8 years old. I was on the team for 8 years. I plan on studying Microbiology in college; I am undecided on which college I will attend.  One of my favorite cruisers moments is when Andy would call me Batman, which really boosts the confidence before a race. (Shout out to Maria Radzwion who was the Robin to my Batman.)  My advice to underclassmen would be don’t sweat the small stuff. One bad race or a little extra homework doesn’t mean it's the end of the world!
 
I chose to donate to the Special Olympics. Helping out at Special Olympics swim practices and being in the HSE class at the Park where we help disabled students learn how to cook has shown me how everyone has the ability to learn and progress.  I believe that everyone deserves the chance to participate and have opportunities to feel good about themselfs.

 

 

Joey Wakeford - John Glen High School

 

I began swimming when I was a freshman in high school.  I joined cruisers at the end of my freshman year.  I haIve been on the team for 3 and a half years.  I went  to John Glenn High School for four years.
 
Organization I choose is the Livestrong foundation.
I chose this because it gives cancer patients the opportunity to win the battle against a disease that has captured the lives of many people around the world, as well allow them to participate and enjoy athletics.
 
I am going to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor to major in Political Science. I then want to become a politician in Washington D.C. The reason I want to be a politician is I like interacting with others and being a leader. To have the ability to help others in a major way is an ability I want to gain when I become a politician. So this my first step in achieving my goal.
 
My favorite cruisers moment is when my fellow teammate Roger Xia attempted to scar a mother goose at dryland. The result, however, did not go in Roger's favor when he fell on the ground when the goose went out to bite him.
 

My advice to underclassmen is to enjoy the sport and push yourself to your absolute limits. Never give up on any goal that you have even if others are trying to put you down. Stay persistent and committed to achieving your dreams. Also, listen to everything your coaches have to say because if anyone else will stand by in what you want to accomplish it is them and they will help you get there.

 

 

Olivia Samoray - Mercy High School

 

I started swimming when I was 8 years old and have been on the team for 9 years.  I went to high school at Mercy in Farmington Hills and swam on their team for four years.  I am still undecided on where to attend college next year.  My advice to underclassmen is to always work hard at every practice.  I chose to donate to the American Breast Cancer Foundation because I know many family and friends that benefit from this foundation.  

I chose to donate to the American Breast Cancer Foundation because I feel that this disease has affected many women’s lives and a cure needs to be found.

 

Jacob Ferguson - John Glenn High School

 

I have been a swimmer since I was 6 years old, but made the jump to USA Swimming in the summer after my freshman year. I have remained on the team since then until the last session before my senior year of high school at John Glenn High School. I would like my 50 dollar donation to go to the Salvation Army because I have done food drives with my charity through their organization. The Salvation Army has done so much for the local community and I want to help them reach as many people as they can. This fall I will be studying Engineering at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. My favorite moment would have to be the first long course meet I competed in. At the time I was 14 and in my first swim I received a state cut. Of course, I aged up the next day. :/ But that moment showed me that if I worked hard enough I could achieve whatever I wanted.

SALVATION ARMY

 
 

 

Maria Radzwion - Salem High School

 

 

I started swimming when I was in 6th grade with the Cruisers, and the only experience I had was a few swim lessons. I was on the team for 6 years, and I went from not knowing how to swim butterfly or how to do a flip turn, to making JO cuts and becoming a captain for the Salem swim team. If I hadn’t been on PCC, I wouldn’t have had any goals to work towards. Swimming taught me hard work and dedication, which helped me succeed in academics also. I plan to go to the University of Michigan in the fall to study biology and possibly pre-med, but that may change. Looking back on all the memories I made, there are so many good ones to choose from. One of my favorites has to be jumping off the platforms at EMU on the last day of summer practice. The advice I would give to younger swimmers is to never forget that you swim because you love the sport. You may hate it at times, but there will be a time when it’s all over and you will really miss it.

The organization I chose to donate to is Compassion International. My family has sponsored a child through them for years, but there are millions of other poor and homeless children in the world. They help to release children from poverty by not only feeding them, but educating them to become better citizens who can then help to change their world. Living in such a wealthy country, there is no reason why we can’t do more to help out kids in much worse situations.

 

COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL

 

Roger Xai - Salem High School

I have been swimming with PCC for the last 6 years.  I attended Salem High School and swam with the team for all four years.  I am still undecieded on what college to attend, but would like to pursue engineering as a field of study.  I chose to donate to the American Red Cross because they always do good for the world in times of need.