Last Friday was supposed to be the date of my surgery. I did not get surgery. I have decided to give up swimming competitively.
This was one of, and still is one of the most emotional decisions of my life. The orthopedic surgeon told me that because of the type and severity of the injury, I would not be able to handle a full load of training for 6 months. With that I talked it over with my coach and we came to a conclusion.
I cannot expect to be one of the top six 100 freestylers in the country with the amount of improvement I would need and only have about 5 months of training. I had the option to keep swimming and maybe make a semi-final or something at the trials. But now, even that is a little far fetched.
I came to Charlotte to make an Olympic team, period. Yes I have had other great experiences and I’m going to miss swimming and my teammates but at the end of the day, the reason for me moving down here is gone. I will not go through a season of frustration and disappointment knowing that I could be a lot better if…
I believe that God has a plan and I believe his plan is that now is the time to hang up the goggles and move on with my life.
I will be moving to Indianapolis to pursue my professional career. I have been offered a graduate assistant position at Butler University. I also have many contacts with club teams in the area. I now have an opportunity to have an effect on others though a different medium.
After all is said and done, I am confident that I have made the correct decision and I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life. Swimming is and will continue to be a big part of my life, and I am grateful for the wonderful experiences it has given me.
Thank you to everyone for your support.