High School: Hialeah Gardens
College: University of South Florida
Ever since she set foot in a pool ten years ago, Daniela Jimenez has loved to swim.
“I started swimming in classes because my mom wanted me to be water-safe,” Jimenez said.
“I liked it and I told my mom I wanted to stay.”
Daniela’s twin sister, Evelin, followed her to the pool and started swimming with her. The sisters swam on their high school team and South Florida Aquatic Club and now are planning to attend University of South Florida.
Daniela Jimenez has been swimming with SOFLO for nearly two years.
“The reason I transferred teams is I wasn’t being pushed hard enough on my old team,” Jimenez said. “The coach wasn’t as motivating as the one here and I liked being on this team.
“I saw improvement in my swimming right away,” Jimenez said. “My times got better and I got stronger. I got more mentally prepared for races here and I feel better as a person and athlete.”
Jimenez enjoyed both high school and club swimming. She said her biggest moment during high school season was when she won districts in the 500-yard freestyle in a record time. In club swimming, it was making finals at senior championships.
“Swimming taught me how to be a team player and to be more dependent,” Jimenez said.
Jimenez plans on majoring in biology and pre-med and hopes to be a pediatrician working with kids stricken with cancer. “I love working with kids,” she said.
She hopes to swim on the college’s club team when not studying. She hopes to return to SOFLO during college break and holidays.
“SOFLO is my second family,” Jimenez said. “I love it. I am here all the time. Even outside the pool we hang out and go to the movies. I love this team.”
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