High school swimming
Competing for Illinois at USAT Collegiate Nationals
Running cross country in high school
Running cross country in college
I was born in Wilmington, Delaware in December, 1992. Since then, I have always been involved in athletics. I played just about every sport as a kid, but eventually I narrowed myself down to just running and swimming. I did both throughout high school at Archmere Academy in Claymont, Delaware, and my local swim club (Brandywine-DE YMCA) although focusing more on swimming during the earlier part of high school. Eventually as my high school career progressed, I found that I enjoyed running more so I switched my focus. By the end of high school, I determined I wanted to pursue running at the next level and chose to do so at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
At Tennessee, I ran both cross country and track for 4 years. However, after those 4 years were up I felt like I hadn't really reached my full potential, but no longer felt restricted to just competing in running races. It was at this time, as I started grad school at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, that I started to open myself up to other competitions. I bought my first bicycle and began to learn about both cycling and triathlon through the respective club teams at UIUC.
It was at this point that I also contacted Barb Lindquist with the USAT Collegiate Recruitment Program. She hooked me up with Sean Edwards, a great coach who runs Personal Best Triathlon out of Indianapolis (about 2 hours from UIUC). Sean worked with me from afar as he gave me phenomenal guidance and coaching during my first season of triathlon. Since my first triathlon race in Clermont, Florida in March of 2016, I was hooked.
Pre-race discussion with Sean in Clermont, FL