It's one thing to qualify for the state swim meet. It's another to make it there all four years. DC Everest swimmer Ashley Kroll has done just that. The most impressive part of our Athlete of the Week's story is that Kroll has continued to succeed despite adversity.
The senior suffered an injury last year and was forced to have surgery to repair the labrum in her right shoulder. For the first time since she started swimming at age six, Kroll wasn't able to train year round. This led her to push through doubts and pain every time she swims in order to have one last shot at making the state podium.
"I didn't think I was ever going to come back for it. I did have a lot of doubts actually and then I realized that I needed to make the most of my time swimming, and if this was going to be the last time I was competing then I wanted to make it count. I think a lot of it is mental at this point. I've been training so hard that the physical part of it is there and now I just need the heart to drive me to be successful and just finish it off."
Kroll will swim in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle this weekend at state.