SAC Alumni:  Where Are They Now?


SAC Swimmers:  College Swimming Bound


Class of 2024

Alex Azarian (US Army)

Gracie Carefoot (St. Catherine University)

Ashley Catchpole (Brigham Young University)

Kara Church (University of Kansas)

Sadie Edwards (University of Utah)

Erica Esterly (United States Military Academy at West Point)

Connor Fierabend (Arizona State University)

Benjamin Henriksen (Liberty University)

Matthew Leblanc (University of Pennsylvania)

Autumn Peterson (US Naval Academy)

Sam Perry (Arizona State University)

Kelly Richards (University of Notre Dame)

Rob Robinson (University of Arizona)

Marvin Schwickert (Undecided)

Sarah Shonteff (Arizona State University)

Breanna Thomas (Colorado State University at Pueblo)

Ryan Trichler (Ohio State University)

Sophie Velitchkov (Undecided)

Bella Wylie (Georgetown University)

Class of 2023

Stefan Cooley (Univ. of Missouri)

Tanner Falls (US Military Academy)

Parker Hughes (Univ. of Michigan)

Sammy Kaminsky (Goucher College)

Erin Mabry (Colorado State - Pueblo)

Noelle Miceli (Biola University)

Jered Moore (Univ. of Pittsburgh)

Kennedy Muhs (Colorado Mesa University)

Ellice Richman (Cal State Bakersfield)

Ivan Sabev (US Merchant Marine Academy)

Alexa Teneyck (University of Idaho)

Dawson Tupponce (Hartwick College)

Max Weed (Univ. of Cincinnati)

Class of 2022

Avery Fisher (Milliken University)

McKenzee Gordon (Univ. of Hawaii)

Claire Grover (UCLA)

Kelly Huffer (Naval Academy)

Michael Klauss (UNLV)

Christian Larsen

Natalie Larsen (Claremont Mudd Scripps)

Madison Leblanc (Columbia University)

Gabby Lizzul (UNLV)

Shea Nicolaisen (Duke University)

Jason Ruka (St. Louis University)

Gaby Tellez (UNLV)

Terry Yang (UC - Santa Barbara)


Catching up with our Alumni...

Max Weed
University of Cincinnati - Freshman

How did SAC help you prepare for college swimming?

Swimming with SAC really helped me understand that time management and organization are the most essential skills to have.  Balancing class and practice daily will be a struggle, but the best way I found to take care of all of my responsibilities is to create a schedule ahead of time so I can plan for my day.  Sometimes these schedules might be a little harder to juggle than you anticipate, but it's all about trial and error.  Remembering to keep trust in yourself that you will succeed is the ultimate key.

What is the best thing you have learned about yourself while in college?

The best thing that I have learned about myself in college is that hobbies are really important for self care.  It's very easy to become consumed with swimming and classes when you get into hard training and the curriculum becomes dense.  It's important to take even as little as 5 minutes in your day to do something you love.  It will help clear your mind, ease anxiety and stress, and benefit your overall well being.

What has been your biggest challenge as a collegiate swimmer?  What helped you overcome that challenge?

My biggest challenge as a collegiate swimmer has been learning how my body adapts to different training.  Whether you swim in college close to home or out of state, the experience will be completely different from that of club swimming.  You will have new coaches, new teammates, and new workouts all in a new pool.  What's helped me overcome the stress of a new program is to learn to trust myself.  The results may not come when you expect them but if you keep yourself focused and dedicated, then you will succeed with no doubts.