March 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 ZoneThomas Brackman (medium)

Name: Thomas Brackman
Age: 10
Team: Heartland Swim Team
Role Models: Coaches Stacey and Jolyn
Favorite Stroke: Breaststroke
Favorite Events: 50 back, 50 free
Favorite Swimmer: Michael Phelps
Future Goal: To swim as well as Michael Phelps
Hobbies: Running, drawing & being a Cub Scout
Famous Person You’d Like To Meet: Patricia Palacco
Favorite Book: Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Percy Jackson series
Favorite Movie: The Blob
When I Grow Up I Want To Be: a veterinarian, artist, and inventor
If I Could Change One Thing it Would Be: For all animals to have a loving home


central Zone

Katie Harker (medium)Name: Katie Harker
Age: 11
Team: Lakin Dolphins Swim Team/ Garden City Sea Hawks
Role Models: My Coaches Amy B., Kami D., Michelle T., Cara K. and Katrina C.
Favorite Strokes: All except Backstroke
Favorite Events: 50 breast, 100 IM, 100 Free
Favorite Swimmers: Missy Franklin and Michael Phelps
Future Goal: Be an Olympic Swimmer
Hobbies: Swimming and Volleyball
Famous Persons you'd like to meet: Missy Franklin and Michael Phelps
Favorite Book: Hunger Games
Favorite Movie: Rango
When I grow up I want to be: Zoologist, Marine Biologist, or Character Animator.
If I could change one thing it would be: To End Bullying


eastern ZoneMatt Karenbauer (medium)

Name: Matt Karenbauer
Age: 12
Team: Butler YMCA Barracudas
Role models: coaches, parents, and Olympic swimmers
Favorite stroke: butterfly
Favorite events: 50 fly, 100 fly, 100 back, and medley relay
Favorite swimmers: Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps, and Cullen Jones
Future goal: to make it to the Olympic trials
Hobbies: swimming, cross country, and track
Famous person you'd like to meet: Aaron Rodgers, Collin Kapernick, and Marc-Andre Fleury
Favorite book: Harry Potter Series
Favorite movie: Lord Of The Rings
When I grow up I want to be: unsure, but maybe an athlete
If I could change one thing it would be: to stop animal abuse


southern ZoneSara LaPlant (medium)

Name: Sara LaPlant
Age: 9
Team: Coral Springs Swim Club
Role Models: My mom, Coach Jessica and Coach Kerri
Favorite stroke: breaststroke
Favorite events: 50 back, 50 breast
Favorite swimmer: Michael Phelps
Future Goal: To improve my butterfly stroke
Hobbies: Reading, swimming and dancing
Famous person you’d like to meet: The President of the United States
Favorite book: Katie Kazoo series, and Geronimo Stilton series
Favorite movie: Dolphin Tale
When I grow up I want to be: A teacher or a veterinarian
If I could change one thing it would be: To end cancer by finding a cure


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