Showing posts from August, 2011


It has been one week since I left Portugal and there is one week until classes start for me at Abilene Christian this fall semester. I apologize for not getting a letter out sooner; it has been a crazy week figuring out logistics with my parents about getting back to school, packing, etc. At this moment my room is a total disaster but I’m taking a break to send an update.

Words cannot describe how thankful I am to have been a part of the National Team at the World Championships. Before I present the exciting news let me let you know how the USA has performed in the past. At the World Championships and Deaflympics, the USA has competed with a small team and only one or two people have finished top 8 or medaled, of which I was fortunate to be one of in 2009. We were never a threat to other strong teams like Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Great Britain to name a few.

The U.S. team came home with four different awards last week. Two belong to Marcus Titus, FINA High Point Swimmer of the …


Hello all. Greetings from Portugal.

I apologize for the late write up. Internet access is limited and my laptop is almost out of battery...guess who didn't pack an adapter to charge it :)

So today marked the end of day 3. Tomorrow will be a day of rest and then we continue with 3 more days. I have swam the 50, 200 breastroke, 50 free, 50 fly and the 100 free on the 4x100 free relay so far. It has been crazy but I'm so glad it isn't as stressful as it could be. Meets like this go fast so trying to do more than one per day is tough. The last 3 days will be 100 breastroke, 100 fly and 100 breastroke on the 4x100 medley relay.

Tonight was so exciting. The finals were insane. Our ninja (Peggy) beasted the 50 fly and tied for gold. The stands were crazy! THEN the next two girls tied for bronze! Incredible finishes! Our 4x100 free relay finished 4th and broke a 30 year old American Record. That was exciting as well. The boys relay finished 3rd and 3 lucky guys got to celebrate …