Illustration of a disabled swimmer in front of a pool. By Kole Petersen | The Catalyst
Illustration of a disabled swimmer in front of a pool. By Kole Petersen | The Catalyst

Thoughts Following My First Year as a Disabled Collegiate Athlete

Swimming in college had always been a goal of mine, but if ridicule had followed me into high school swimming, who knows what would carry over into college?


This past weekend, after touching the wall for my final event at this year’s Swimming and Diving Championships for the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC), I officially completed my first season as a collegiate swimmer. Despite swimming slower than my best time in that last event and not placing as high as I would have hoped, I was still incredibly grateful for the opportunity to compete in the sport I love at a collegiate level. As we rode on the bus to a banquet hall to celebrate our success, I began to reflect on how I even got here in the first place. As I looked back on the journeys I undertook in not just athletics, but in life in general, those feelings of thankfulness increased. Read more…


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