Keeping up with PASA Alumni

Ava Thompson
Jul 29, 2019

Those bleary-eyed mornings began with a 4:45 a.m. wake-up call and didn't get any easier from there.
 
Throughout high school, Andrew Cho started most days at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center with a workout alongside his Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics teammates.
 
It was there, with the sun just up over the sparkling outdoor facility, that the GW swimmer learned the dedication necessary to reach the highest level of the sport.
 
Perhaps the toughest lessons came via a limit-testing circuit made possible by the side-by-side long-course pools. The swimmers would dive in one pool, race to the other end, hop out and complete push-ups or some other exercise before diving back in the other side for a sprint to the finish.
 
"And then do it again and again," Cho said with a grin.
 
Those memories are sure to come flooding back this week as Cho prepares for the USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships at his home pool. The rising senior is set to swim the 200-yard backstroke on Thursday in his debut on the nation's top stage.
 
After qualifying with his silver-medal finish in the event at the Atlantic 10 Championships last February, Cho is excited to race in front of a sizable contingent of friends and family, most of whom haven't seen him swim since his PASA days, in a thrilling tune-up ahead of his final season in Buff and Blue.
 
"For me, this is a huge opportunity," said Cho, who will be joined at the meet by teammate Moritz Fath. "It's a real honor and privilege to represent GW on this national stage and something I'm really excited for. Personally, with it being at Stanford and being in my hometown, it's something that I've been circling on my calendar for a while."

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