As most of you may know, My name is Joseph Ordaz-Hoang and I'm Alumni
from the class of 2009. Currently, I am spending this year in Sweden, where
I spend most of my time attending school and staying active.
To me, swimming meant the opportunity to learn a new meaning to discipline,
physical pain, and endurance. As you swim, you will learn to push yourself to
a point where you can no longer take the pain. Once reaching this point, try and
I mean try to keep pushing yourself. In the beginning of the season and during
the practices in the future to come, all you want to do is stop on the wall and
stop, but if you keep going at the end of the day/season you will be glad to say,
"It's been a good season." Make sure to pay attention to detail, swimming is a
technical sport where your breathing, hand placement, turns, kicks, and pace
are all critical and will assist you in swimming faster and smarter. As a
person, swimming made me become more disciplined and constantly wanting to
better myself, whether in the water, a different sport, and even in the classroom.
Though swimming may look easy, for recreational purposes it maybe, but for
competitive purposes you better work for what you want. Swimming helps you to
get a feel of getting what you want by working for it, and though you may not
be hitting someone, you will feel pain if you work hard enough.
Dear Fellow Swimmers,
Throughout my whole life I always remember knowing how to swim. I'm sure
I had lessons, but I always remember being comfortable and at home in the
water. However, when I started high school I decided that it was time to take
swimming to the next level; a higher, more competitive level. I first began
swimming for my high school team, and eventually moved on to join a club team.
As many of you know, swimming has a tendency to consume your life-which it
did. The four years flew by and, before I knew it, I was done.
Swimming has allowed me many wonderful and amazing opportunities in my
life. If it weren't for this experience, I don't think I would have even half of the
friends I know today. The people that I have met through the sport have
changed my life and made me a better person. It's amazing the friendships that
you can create and sustain when you're working towards similar goals; when you
mutually understand the swimmers way of life.
Swimming has also made me much better at being organized and efficient.
While swimming in high school I was also part of other activities in addition to
my schoolwork. As a result, I had to learn how to balance all of the demands.
Having better time management is something that I took with me into my college
career and am now using in my work life. It is a valuable tool that I otherwise
maybe wouldn't have learned until much later in life.
Through the sport of swimming, you learn at an early age the importance of
setting goals for yourself and pushing the limits to achieve those goals. No
feeling in life can quite compare to that of accomplishing your goals. Once
you've reached your goals, don't forget to set new ones; the most accomplished
and inspiring people are those that continue to set and strive for new heights.
I owe many life-changing experiences to the sport of swimming. As they
commonly say "from the outside looking in, it makes no sense..." but to a
swimmer it makes perfect sense. The beauty of swimming is that it is team
oriented and at the same time it is very much an individual sport. I may not
have been the fastest on the team, but I was still voted Team Captain. I may
not have made CCS, but I was able to swim at every meet (how many other
sports can you say that about?). I may not have swam in college, but the
experiences of my short swimming career are something that have shaped me and
allowed me to be the person that I am today. Swimming is a sport, but it's so
“Being your best is not so much about overcoming the barriers other people place
in front of you as it is about overcoming the barriers we place in front of
ourselves. It has nothing to do with how many times you win or lose. It has no
relation to where you finish in a race or whether you break world records. But it
does have everything to do with having the vision to dream, the courage to recover
from adversity and the determination never to be shifted from your goals”-
Kieren Perkins [AUS]
Love and best wishes,
Dear swimmers and swimmers to come,
Growing up swimming meant everything to me. My life was scheduled around
practice, and my weekends were scheduled around meets, this may seem like
a bit much but I couldn't have had a happier childhood. I met and grew up
with wonderful people who where there through thick and thin. I wouldn't
be the same person I am today if it wasn't for swimming, that may sound
silly to some, but swimming teaches you life values, such as integrity,
discipline, and drive. I can thank swimming for turning me from a little
chunky kid into a fit person. Swimming can be tough, and there will come a
time when you plateau out, but thats when you have to work your hardest.
So all you out there keep up the hard work.
Henry Vega III