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Camarillo Graduate is a Swimmer and a Scholar

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Swimming for four years on the varsity Swim Team at Adolfo Camarillo High School while maintaining excellent grades has prepared Alicia Lewsadder for college – at least she hopes so. She’ll find out soon enough.Alicia, 18, will attend Westmont College in Santa Barbara this fall but won’t be swimming because the small Liberal Arts college doesn’t have a swim team. “I really wanted to go to Westmont and they didn’t have swim-ming. I’m fine with it. There’s a pool so I’ll work out, I just won’t compete anymore,”said Alicia, who is excited about going away to college, even if it is only about an hour away from her Camarillo home.

Alicia’s four years on the team helped her learn to manage her time and find a balance between sports and academics; her grade-point average this spring was 4.1.

There were times when Alicia had swim-ming practice in the morning and she would have to leave home at 4:50 a.m. to get to the pool in time. Then she’d have to get to school by 7:00 a.m., have swimming practice in the afternoon, and stay up late at night completing homework and studying for tests.

“Those were really long days. It helps a lot for college because I’m sure there will betimes when I will have to cram and study really hard,” Alicia said.

Alicia started swimming competitively in sixth grade, first with the Pleasant Valley Swim Team and then later with CLASS Aquatics in Westlake Village. Competitive swimming was a natural for this student who also likes to surf.

“Swimming is a great way to get exercise and I’ve always loved the water. I’ve always been around water. It was just the perfect sport for me,” said Alicia, whose best events were the 100-meter butterfly and freestyle.

Her high school years weren‘t just about swimming and studying, though. Alicia was president of the Kindness Club, which hosts an annual assembly for students encouraging them to do kind actions and prevent bullying. She also has been involved with her church youth group.

Alicia said she enjoyed her high school years and especially her Advanced Placement Psychology class.

“I decided to major in Psychology and took classes in that. I really like it and feel that it will be something I will like for the next four years,” she said, adding she may seek a career in youth psychology or marriage counseling.

This summer, Alicia plans to coach novice swimmers with CLASS Aquatics, a job she enjoys and also held last summer.

Alicia’s art teacher, Bonnie Mills, is optimistic about Alicia’s future, no matter what career path she chooses. “Alicia is a strong leader with excellent character qualities rare in one so young. She has a foundational knowledge of right and wrong. She leads with her heart, which is always kind and thoughtful,” Mills said

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