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
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.