Class of 2018
I can't begin to say how proud I am of my daughter. She is #2 out of 4, so as one of the "middles" she could have easily been overlooked, but she's made a name for herself. She's an amazing swimmer, more dedicated than most, has given up a lot of typical teenage stuff - like movies and sleepovers with friends, because she always had swim practice.
It paid off, and yesterday was her official signing day for Rider University. Rider was a very smart choice on her part. It is pretty close to where we live now, less than a 2 hour drive. It is small, and she wanted a small university, but it is also Division I, meaning she can continue to train, and they were able to give her money towards her college years. If she decides after a year or two of college that she wasn't meant for college, then she won't be left deeply in debt, but she is also able to get a great education at Rider, so she's happy with her choice.
Here she is with her best friend Lauren, and another good friend, Cristian. These 3 have been together on the same club team since Cristian and Lauren joined Leenah at the EHT Seahawks when they were all about 6-7. Leenah started with the Seahawks when she was 5, but they quickly formed a good friendship that lasted right up through graduation. I'm sure they will all stay in contact and although each is going a different way - all three are swimming Division I. Each has made that commitment to the sport they love, and they have taught me a lot about going after something that I want. Congrats you 3 ... You made it !!