Go For Gold Spotlight: Roderick Sewell

Roderick Sewell is one of the NCA athletes preparing for the Paralympic Trials in Charlotte next month. Please come support Roderick at the GO For Gold event this Saturday at Alga Norte 11-1pm.

Swimming_Sewell_Roderick.jpg 2015 Parapan American Games

Name: Roderick Sewell

Height: 6-1

Weight: 165

Classification: SB6

Date of Birth: 4/29/1992

Hometown: Florence, Alabama

Current Residence: San Diego, California

College: University of North Alabama

Career Highlights

  • 2015 Parapan American Games, bronze (100 backstroke)
  • 2015 CanAm Para Swimming Championship, gold (100-meter breaststroke)
  • 2014 Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championship, gold (100-meter breaststroke)
  • 2014 Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championship, bronze (200-meter relay)

Personal

Roderick Sewell made his debut with the U.S. Para-swimming team at the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-swimming Championships where he won both a gold and bronze medal. He first began swimming at the Lakeshore Foundation when he was ten years old. Because of a tough childhood, Sewell was forced to live homeless during his teen years. When he became involved with the Challenged Athletes Foundation, an organization that helps to provide disabled athletes with a path to success as well as running legs, his life quickly changed for the better. In his free time, Sewell enjoys running, surfing, volunteering and teaching at an outreach swim program at his local San Diego YMCA.

Go For Gold Spotlight: Kendyl Stewart

Each week we will be profiling one of our Go For Gold athletes as we get closer to the May 7th event. Kendyl, currently on the USA National Team, will be competing in the 100 butterly in Omaha. For more information and to buy tickets to meet Kendyl on May 7th please visit our www.ncaboosters.org

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High School: La Costa Canyon, Class of 2012

College: University of Southern California, Class of 2016, BA in Human Biology, Minor in Spanish
Swim honors and accomplishments: 2x 100 fly PAC 12 Champion, USC team record holder 100 fly, 200 back, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 200 free relay. 2x USC Team Captain & lead team to first PAC 12 Team Title in USC history! (2016)
Favorite Swimming Memory at NCA: Hard to say! One that pops into mind is when Jessie Schmitt, Allie Knight, Katie Tomkinson & I won the 400 Medley relay at Junior Nationals in 2009 (I think that was the year?) These girls were much older than I was and I totally looked up to them– they were awesome teammates. It was the first time I had ever really won something at a big, important meet, and doing that on a relay, with teammates that you admire so much was really inspiring for me then, and memorable for me now.
Favorite Swimming Memory in College: Winning PAC 12 this year was amazing. I’m so proud of the way that the entire team swam. I held a team meeting before the meet started and told the girls that there was no doubt in my mind that we could win, but that we couldn’t expect to have a perfect meet- that almost never happens, no matter how great your team is. But they proved me wrong! It was unlike any meet I’ve raced in, there was such a sense of team pride and excitement to race for something bigger than yourself. I cried like a baby out of pure joy and pride for my team- was a perfect way to finish senior year. I’ve also enjoyed some awesome international competition since I’ve been in college. Swimming at World Champs was a dream come true in itself- but the summer of 2014 was definitely my favorite summer of swimming so far. I started with a best time in the 100 fly after 5 long years, continued with 2 National Champion Titles, a Bronze & Silver at Pan Pacific Championships- where, with a crazy twist of fate, my four best friends were in Australia to watch & celebrate my birthday!!
Life Skill you Learned Through NCA: Commitment & trust in other people. Sticking to something and giving it your 100% over and over again isn’t easy- no matter if you’re doing awesome or doing poorly- neither is trusting someone else completely with your personal goals. These are definitely qualities I developed during my time on North Coast.
Future Goal and Aspirations: I plan to swim past the summer of 2016, no matter if I make the Olympic Team or not. I don’t feel like I’ve quite reached my potential, and if I still love the sport, and still have opportunities to travel the world why would I stop?! I’m still working out what my “real life” job plans are; I’d love to have my own business in a travel/fitness/lifestyle well being category– much easier said than done, however.

Go For Gold Spotlight: Andrew Brady

Each week we will be profiling one of our Go For Gold athletes as we get closer to the May 7th event. Andrew made the Olympic Trial time standard this December in the 400 freestyle. For more information and to buy tickets please visit our www.ncaboosters.org

NCA Alum Andrew Brady
NCA Alum Andrew Brady
  • Gradated Class of 2014 at Point Loma HS
  • Currently enrolled at University of Florida, studying Mechanical Engineering
  • Member of the 2016 SEC Championship Team
Favorite thing I miss about NCA: The Supportive team attitude, pride and purpose in what they do, and the big Thanksgiving sets that really brought the team together when they were finished.
Favorite swimming memory: Being a part of a 400 IM A final that had all top 8 be NCA swimmers.
Life skill learned from NCA: To refuse to define myself by conventional terms, never become complacent. While pursuing any goal, never to give up on myself no matter what the circumstances may seem like, you’ve always got more to give than you think.
Future goals: Swimming: win an SEC Championship all 4 years at UF, and become an NCAA All American    Career: Complete BUDS and become a Navy Seal

Far Westerns Meet Recap

NCA had 31 swimmers in Pleasanton CA competing at Far Westerns, which brings together the best swimmers on the West Coast. Overall it was a very successful meet, NCA placed 8th overall (up from 34th place in 2015) and we had many finalist, team records broken, SI records broken and lots of personal best swims. All Coaches are very proud of the way all of the swimmers rose to the challenge of this meet, and we are looking forward to next year!

Results: http://www.pacswim.org/userfiles/meets/documents/625/fw-results-full.html and http://www.pacswim.org/userfiles/meets/documents/625/teamscores.html

NCA showed great team spirt and teamwork during this 4-day championship meet. Day 1 was a day of nerves and four 11th place finishes (only top 10 race in finals). NCA really settled in got tough and finished strong in each of the 8 sessions. Coaches are very proud of all the swimmers that made the qualifying times, and raced with their best attitudes and best efforts.

 

Video By Coach Rob Mackle

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