March 2012

Meet Your America’s Swim Team teammates!

Did you know that as a member of USA Swimming, you are on the same team as 300,000 other swimmers across the country? Yep, your team includes heroes like Ryan Lochte and Natalie Coughlin, as well as all the kids on this page. Whether you swim in Eureka or Topeka, you are a member of America’s Swim Team! 


western ZoneAaron Rosen (medium)

Name: Aaron Rosen
Age: 8
Team: Swim Neptune
Role Model: Coach Joe Zemaitis
Favorite Stroke: Backstroke
Favorite Events: 500 Freestyle; 200 IM
Favorite Swimmer: Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte
Future Goal: To become an Olympic Swimmer
Hobbies: Basketball and running
Famous person you’d like to meet: Alex Rodriguez
Favorite Book: Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix
Favorite Movie: Bad News Bears
When I grow up I want to be: A baseball player
If I could change one thing it would be: Pay teachers more money


Central ZoneParis James

Name: Paris James 

Age: 9
Team: Razorback Aquatic Club Aquahawgs
Role Model: Missy Franklin
Favorite Strokes: Backstroke and Freestyle
Favorite Events: 50 and 100 Backstroke
Favorite Swimmer: Michael Phelps
Future Goal: to try to get a 4A time or better
Hobbies: going to movies, swimming, playing outside, reading
Favorite Person You'd Like to Meet: Missy Franklin
Favorite Books: The Harry Potter Series
Favorite Movies: Hugo, Benji
When I Grow Up I Want to Be: a marine biologist
If I Could Change One Thing it Would Be: for manatees not to be endangered anymore


EASTERN ZoneBradley Valo (medium)

Name: Bradley Valo
Age: 9
Team: Rays Rockingham Area Youth Swim Team
Role Models: My parents
Favorite Stroke: Free Style
Favorite Events: 200 IM, 50 Free, 50 Breast
Favorite Swimmers: Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte
Future Goal: Olympic swimmer
Hobbies: Playing with my friends, swimming
Favorite Person You’d Like To Meet: Michael Phelps, Derek Jeter
Favorite Book: Dairy of Wimpy Kid – Cabin Fever
Favorite Movie: Aliens in the Attic
When I Grow Up I Want To Be: Olympic Swimmer
If I Could Change On Thing It Would Be: Have a world without war


southern ZoneSarah Auld (medium)

Name: Sarah Auld
Age: 12
Team: Lake Lytal Lightning
Favorite strokes: Freestyle and Breaststroke
Favorite events: 200 IM, 200 Freestyle, and 100 Breaststroke
Favorite swimmer: My cousin Benjamin from NC
Future goal: Get a masters degree in college for engineering
Hobbies: Swimming, Snorkeling, and Reading
Famous person I'd like to meet: Michael Phelps
Favorite book: The Princess Trap
Favorite movie: The Karate Kid
When I grow up I want to be: An Olympic swimmer and engineer
If I could change one thing it would be: Make school lunches healthier and tastier


Western ZoneTristen Arana (medium)

Name: Tristen A. Arana
Age: 9
Team: Buenaventura Swim Club
Role Models: Dad & Mom
Favorite Strokes: Breast Stroke & Freestyle
Favorite Events: 50 Freestyle & 25 Breast Stroke
Favorite Swimmer: Michael Phelps
Future Goal: Olympic Swimmer and open my own restaurant
Hobbies: Swimming, Legos, motorcycle riding and being with my family
Famous Person you’d like to meet: Queen of England & George Lucas
Favorite Books: Harry Potter & Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Favorite Movies: Harry Potter the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter the Half Blood Prince
When I grow up I want to be: A professional swimmer
If I could change one thing it would be: For people to stop fighting around the world and have world peace


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