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Rachel DiTolla

For as long as I can remember, the water has always been my escape and my happiness. My parents plopped me in the water when I was only 5 months old, and I began swimming competitively when I was 5 years old on the Saf-T-Swim club they offered on Sundays. When I started competing with kids that were 9 and 10 at such a young age, the staff suggested that I should swim on a more structured competitive team in Suffolk County. In 2009, I joined Three Village Swim Club, and swam with them for 7 ½ years. I was an average swimmer when I joined, But in the summer of 2013, I started to shine in the pool by making my first Senior Met cut when I was just 13 years old in the 200 fly, and kept on shining since then. In the summer of 2016, I left Three Village and joined Sachem Swim Club due to personal struggles. As soon as I joined Sachem, I automatically felt like I was with a family. I immediately began forging friendships with everyone on the  senior group. It feels like I have been with SSC my entire club career because of the warmth and acceptance of the coaches and the swimmers. I am always jubilant to see the faces of the senior group when I walk into practice. I’ve never met a group of swimmers, coaches, and parents who were so welcoming and enthusiastic. I am so very  proud to take my final bow as a club swimmer with Sachem Swim Club. Over the past twelve  years of competitive swimming, I have had great moments both in and out of the pool and there were times when I have hit rock bottom. This sport and the people I have met in swimming have shaped me into the determined, hardworking and often headstrong person I am today. Throughout my swimming career, I have qualified for many championship meets, ranging from JO’s to Sectionals. I will be attending and swimming for Providence College next fall, where I hope to be majoring in global history. This new chapter of my life will be exciting and likely difficult at times, but I know I’ll always have my Sachem family cheering me on. Thank you for all the memories, and I wish you all the best of luck in and out of the pool.