At six years old, my parents enrolled me in swimming at the St. James Seals swim club, from there I went on to Represent the Manta swim club, The University of Minnesota, and Swimming Canada . Fast forward 16 years later, and I've ended my relationship with my "perfect" feel for the water. 22 years old, and I made it though the one thing that controlled every single aspect of my life. Not always in a healthy way. I made it through the struggle of striving to be perfect. My accomplishments don't always feel real, there are so many negative things that I tend to focus on. I cant even say that I am happy that this chapter is over, because its honestly for the most negative reasons. There is only one thing that I haven't accomplished in my swimming career. Representing Canada at The Olympics is every athletes dream. After being close in 2012, at 17, I thought making 2016, would be a realistic goal, after being ill for the majority of my sophomore year in Minnesota, That practicality was lost.
I do my best to try and focus on the good parts of my swimming career. Without this sport. I could never imagine picturing where my life would be today. I would never have traveled the world. Without a doubt I would not have an undergrad education from the University of Minnesota.
Some of the greatest memories include various accomplishments. I spent some time on the Senior National team, A lucrative amount of time in high school on the Junior National team. Raced at Worlds. Swam in Various World cups and Mare Nostrum competitions. I have been a National Champion, I've held National Records. The greatest accomplishment that sticks out in my mind, was the moment Kelly Kremer, Terry Gangly and Ryan Purdy Honoured me with the Big Ten Sportsmanship award At the 2017 Big Ten Championship. Ever since Hailey Szews was honoured my freshman year, I knew that would be one of the most prestiges awards. The life long friendships this career has given me, will be the one thing that I will always have. Even though I am no longer an active part of this sport, I am still an on-going participant in the lives of my friends and coaches.
Starting off college, I generally had no idea what I wanted to take. I enrolled in an intro photo class second semester of my Freshman year, and despite not doing well, I was hooked. I didn't begin shooting film until my junior year of college, and once I started taking analogue photography seriously I was hooked. All my souvenirs and memories were to be collected in the form of negatives.
This image was taken at the start of a finals race at the 2015 Jean Freeman invitational in the University of Minnesota natatorium.
Erin Emery, member of the University of Minnesota's class of 2019. Apart of the Distance training group. Specializes in the 1650, 1000 and 500 free. Born in Las Vegas Nevada.
Viktor Bjork, member of the University of Minnesota Swimming and Diving team from 2012-2016. Born in Stockholm Sweden. Specialized in Swimming Butterfly. Apart of Ryan Purdy's Training group.
Bryce Boston, Sprint butterfly swimmer, was a member of the University of Minnesota's luxurious male sprint program. Graduated in 2017.
Marit Anderson, of Calgary. Is a Junior Open water swimmer for Swimming Canada. Image Take in Chun’ An, China on October 15th 2017
Ryan Purdy, Former Distance coach at the University of Minnesota. Currently Head coach of Youngstown State University's Swimming and diving Team.
Race Venue for the 2017 World Championships. Lake Balaton Hungry.