by delores aguiles
Sophomore Liberty Gilbert had been training to be on a nationals team and has achieved her goal on doing . At only six years old Gilbert had found her passion for and it has become her daily routine ever since. Gilbert’s cousins taught her how to swim in the first place and would constantly ask if she can join the local swim team until she finally did.
Swimming has taken Gilbert farther than she has ever imagined because she has gotten the opportunity to train to be on the nationals team. To qualify for the nationals team, they have to compete for certain swim meets and only about sixty people qualify for the team. “I think representing America, like officially wearing the flag on our caps with my name on it is probably one of the best parts,” she stated. Day in and day out, Gilbert spends her afternoons after school training until eight o’clock. She spends the majority of her days either at school or in the pool with her team. Being on a club team forces Gilbert to travel out of state because of swim meets, but still makes time for her school work in between. She tries her best to communicate with her teachers to keep up with her schoolwork. During these swim meets, Gilbert tends to meet new people, people who she connects with and can relate to. Through swim, Gilbert got the opportunity to meet some of her best friends and that is what she loves because of the people she meets across the nation. Not only is she apart of a club team, Gilbert is also on Varsity Swim. On some levels both teams are different but, Gilbert gets to do what she loves most.
Varsity Swim Head Coach Mr. Craig Winger stated, “She is an incredible swimmer. Having a swimmer that can beat everyone in our league in multiple events gives our team a lot of flexibility to matchup with other teams.” Last season Gilbert had placed top three in California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) [postseason] and made her way to State, earning second place. “Besides being a great swimmer, she has a great attitude, she swims even harder for her team than for herself, ” stated Winger. The people she gets to call a team (girls Varsity Swim) had won the relay race for CIF preliminaries.
It is only her second year and Gilbert has made a name for herself by achieving so much in only her second year of high school. Step by step Gilbert will be on her way to success whether it be on a national team, high school team, or by herself. At the end of the day, “it’s just me and the pool.”