A few years later, at age 6, doctors suggested that I try swimming as a way to manage my asthma, which can make breathing difficult
I couldn’t swim the length of the pool until I was 12 Because of my asthma
as a senior at Colorado State University, I was named the NCAA Female Swimmer of the Year
I was relaxed as I sped to gold in the 50-meter freestyle – needing just one breath to go the length of the pool – winning by just three one-hundredths of a second.
I finished fourth in the 50-meter freestyle, but swam a leg on the gold-medal winning 4×100-meter freestyle and I earned another gold medal by swimming preliminary heats in the 4×100-meter medley relay as the American entry went on finish first in that event.
In 2014 I had an accident on an all-terrain vehicle left me paralyzed from the waist down.