February 2013

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 ZoneIan Jaeger (medium)

Name: Ian Jaegers
Age: 10
Team: The Los Alamos Aquatomics
Role model: My Dad
Favorite stroke: I really like breaststroke, but fly is also awesome.
Favorite events: 100 Breast, 50 Fly, 200 Free
Favorite swimmer: Ryan Lochte
Future goal: To swim at Western Zones
Hobbies: Swimming, scouts, video games, reading
Famous person you’d like to meet: Ryan Lochte
Favorite book: I Robot
Favorite movie: The Avengers
When I grow up I want to be: A nuclear engineer
If I could change one thing it would be: Everyone would have a job.


central ZoneSophie Kloppenburg

Name: Sophie Kloppenburg
Age: 7
Team: Mt. Vernon Swim Team
Role Model: Coach Kelsi
Favorite Strokes: Backstroke and Butterfly
Favorite Event: 25 Fly
Favorite Swimmers: Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin
Future Goal: to be an Olympic swimmer
Hobbies: soccer, swimming, watching TV
Famous Person you’d like to meet: Michelle Obama
Favorite Book: Adventures of Sponge Bob Square Pants
Favorite Movie: Madagascar III
When I grow up I want to be: a Scientist
If I could change one thing it would be: I like to help save the wild tigers in the forests and keep them from getting extinct.


eastern ZoneMatthew Prebola (medium)

Name: Matthew Prebola
Age: 9
Team: Ridgewood YMCA Breakers
Role Models: My parents and grandparents
Favorite Stroke: Breaststroke
Favorite Events: 100 Breast and 100 Back
Favorite Swimmers: Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin
Future Goal: To make the Olympic swim team
Hobbies: Running, Basketball, Origami and Minecraft
Famous Person You'd Like to Meet: Michael Phelps or Peyton Manning
Favorite Books: A Dog's Life and The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
Favorite Movie: Wreck-It Ralph
When I Grow Up I Want to Be: An engineer that builds amusement park rides
If I Could Change One Thing It Would Be: To end violence and pollution


southern ZoneCarolina Loayza (medium)

Name: Carolina Loayza
Age: 9
Team: Swim Florida in Lehigh Acres
Role Models: My Parents and Coach Pam Barry.
Favorite Strokes: Fly and Free
Favorite Events: 100 Fly, 50 Fly
Favorite Swimmers: Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte , Dara Torres
Future Goal: to get Olympic times
Hobbies: art, swimming, ballet
Famous person you’d like to meet: Coach Bob Bowman
Favorite Book: Cam Jansen
Favorite Movie: Another Cinderella Story
When I grow up I want to be: a lawyer
If I could change one thing it would be: There is no poor children.


Want to see your profile in Splash Magazine or on usaswimming.org? Answer all of the questions above and send your answers and a photo to splash@usaswimming.org. To see more of your America's Swim Team teammates, visit our Athlete Focus archive.

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