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POM: Han Nguyen swims to an Ivy League education

by Abbi Berry

PR Editor

Senior and Brown-committed Han Nguyen has been swimming for thirteen years. She began on the Campbell Wave swim team, moved to the Los Gatos Swim and Racket team, and then made the final transition to PEAK in sixth grade. Nguyen participated in other sports like basketball, track, soccer, and water polo, but ultimately chose swimming, reasoning, “I really like how whatever you put in, you get out. I learn the most about myself. It’s the hardest sport I’ve done, and there’s just something about pushing yourself past your limits every day and finding there’s always more to give.”

This year, Nguyen went through months of recruitment with schools including UCLA, Pomona, Columbia, and UPenn, but chose Brown for its “good balance between school and swimming with a Division 1 team and Ivy League Education.” Nguyen hopes to qualify NCAA’s by her sophomore or junior year in the 200 yard individual medley (IM) and 100 yard butterfly.

She has continued advancing her swimming career throughout this year with competitions including Texas Junior Nationals in the December and San Diego Sectionals this semester. She swam the 400 and 200 yard IM’s, and the 200 and 100 yard butterfly events, her best events.

Nguyen looks to swim the 200 yard IM and 100 yard butterfly at CCS this Spring. She will be defending her third place titles and maybe even looking for a high ranking, but she says, “first place is always a goal, but a best time is more important.” Nguyen will most likely go onto representing LGHS at the CIF State Championships swimming her CCS events for the second time in her high school swimming career.

Nguyen is not only a huge point scorer for the team, but she is also a captain for the varsity swim team this year. She sees her position as an incredible responsibility, stating, “there are people depending on me and looking up to me to create a healthy and fun training environment.”  

This summer, Nguyen plans to take a summer off of training for the first time in three years. She plans to travel and take a little break before she pursues swimming and school at Brown University this coming Fall.

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