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BCST Senior Swimmers

Outstanding Seniors


Christina Domanowski

Number of years BCST: 4.5 years

College attending: United States Naval Academy

Awards/scholarships:

  • USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, 2014–15, 2015–16
  • Winter Junior National Qualifier, 2015–17
  • BCST’s Bumblebee Award Recipient, 2016
  • BCST’s Coach’s Award Recipient, 2013–14, 2014–15
  • Honor Roll, 2013–17
  • National Honor Society Member 

What are your favorite events to swim?

I love swimming the 200 butterfly and 200 freestyle!

What is your proudest moment or best memory as a BCST swimmer?

My proudest moment was swimming in multiple relays at the 2016 Winter Junior Nationals at Texas A&M University. It was an honor to represent BCST during the meet and to race hard with my fellow teammates. 

What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned by participating in BCST?

From my coaches and teammates, I’ve learned to always be proud of my swims, even if I fall short of my goals. BCST has taught me to enjoy the process of being a swimmer and to not focus solely on the results. Because of my team, I have fallen in love with the different aspects of swimming again.

Who is your favorite athlete to watch?

My favorite athlete is Katie Ledecky because she is a genuine and humble swimmer, and she constantly goes above and beyond what is expected of her. 

Do you have any departing advice for your younger teammates on BCST?

Swimming is not only about speed and time standards, it’s about learning from your swims. Focus on yourself and your own improvement, and enjoy your time on BCST. 

 

Mitchell Eggenberger

Number of years on BCST: 11

College attending: University of Alabama

Awards/scholarships: 

  • State Champions 2015–16, Bellevue Boys Swim and Dive Captain
  • Speedo Senior Sectionals Finalist
  • BCST's Coach's Award, 2014-15

What is your favorite event to swim?

200 butterfly

What is your proudest moment or best memory as a BCST swimmer?

I will remember all of my teammates.

What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned by participating in BCST?

The importance of supporting teammates and having grit. 

Who is your favorite athlete to watch and why?

I enjoy watching all of my teammates succeed. 

Do you have any departing advice for your younger teammates on BCST?

Trust the process, enjoy it and have fun. 

 

Maddie Rainey

Number of years on BCST: 3

College attending: Oregon State University

Awards/scholarships:

  • Athletic and academic scholarship 

What is your favorite event to swim?

100 backstroke

What is your proudest moment or best memory as a BCST swimmer?

My best/proudest memory of being on Bellevue Club Swim Team is watching our team swim fast at big meets and having lots of fun.

What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned by participating in BCST?

You have to be willing to work hard not only as an individual but also as a team member. This has a major impact on our success both in and out of the water.

Who is your favorite athlete to watch and why?

My favorite athlete to watch is Russell Wilson because of his talent and the way he handles all situations with such humility and joy.

Do you have any departing advice for your younger teammates on BCST?

My advice would be to enjoy what you do, be a good teammate and take in all the good times because it really does go by fast! 

 

Will Crewe

Number of years on BCST: 2 (moved to Washington in 2015, but has been a club swimmer for 13 years)

College attending: Chapman University

What are your favorite events to swim?

All the individual medley events (200, 400 and the occasional 100, although it isn’t offered very often in our age group). If you’re pretty good at all the strokes, these events even out the playing field if you aren’t a sprinter.

What is your proudest moment or best memory as a BCST swimmer?

The summer before I was moving from New Jersey to Washington, my goal was to qualify for the YMCA National Champs meet so I could have more time with my teammates. I came super close to qualifying in the 100 backstroke four or five times. In the prelims session of my final meet, I missed the cut by a few one-hundredths and did not place high enough to swim in the finals session, so I thought my chances were over. My head coach texted me early that evening and told me to hustle down to the meet because a large number of swimmers scratched and I had another chance. I swam that night, made the cut and had a blast at the YNats meet.

What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned by participating in BCST?

Hard work and perseverance. I was pretty fast as a young swimmer when it came naturally. I didn’t like it as much when it became harder work, but over the years I decided to stick with it and put in the extra effort. When I finally grew, it paid off. 

Who is your favorite athlete to watch and why?

I am not sure I have a favorite athlete, but Jason Lezak’s anchor leg of the 4 x 100 freestyle relay finals in the Beijing Olympics was the most inspiring swim I’ve ever seen.

Do you have any departing advice for your younger teammates on BCST?

The phrase I heard often as a young swimmer: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” is 100 percent true! And to the late bloomers—hang in there, you will grow! 

 

Thomas Eggenberger

Number of years on BCST: 11

College attending: Cal Poly or University of Toronto

Special awards/scholarships: 

  • State Champions 2015–16, Bellevue Boys Swim and Dive Captain
  • National Junior team member 
  • USA Swimming Scholastic All-American 

What is your favorite event to swim?

200 butterfly 

What is your proudest moment or best memory from being on the swim team?

All of my teammates and the great coaches I have had over my 11 years on the Bellevue Club Swim Team. 

What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned by participating in BCST?

The importance of believing in your teammates and having courage. 

Who is your favorite athlete to watch and why?

I love to watch my teammates achieve their goals and represent Bellevue Club well. 

Do you have any departing advice for your younger teammates on BCST?

Trust the process, trust your coaches and remember when the going gets tough, the tough get going. 

 

Maeve Murdoch

Number of years on BCST: 3

College attending: University of San Diego

What is your favorite event to swim?

100 butterfly

What is your proudest moment or best memory as a BCST swimmer?

My proudest moment from being on this swim team was at Senior Sectionals 2017. Our entire qualified team showed support by cheering each other on during our races. On my relays, we all swam for each other and put in the extra effort to place as well as possible. On the last day we were all exhausted, yet on the last relay of the weekend we all stepped up and finished the meet on a fantastic last note. 

What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned by participating in BCST?

I learned from BCST that your attitude can make a huge difference. Having a supportive and positive environment is how you will reach your own goals.

Who is your favorite athlete to watch?

My favorite athlete to watch is Katie Ledecky because her positivity and drive to be her best are inspiring. 

Do you have any departing advice for your younger teammates on BCST?

My advice to younger teammates is to enjoy your time on this team. BCST is a special place with encouraging and inspiring teammates pushing each other to be their best. Do your own part to keep that tradition going and support each other. 

 

Leah Petrini

Number of years on BCST: 3

College attending: Whitman College

What are your favorite events to swim?

100 and 200 butterfly 

What is your proudest moment or best memory as a BCST swimmer?

My best memory from being on the swim team is white-water rafting with the senior groups in Wenatchee. 

What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned by participating in BCST?

You get out what you put in. The success you achieve is proportional to the quality and quantity of the effort you put in—both in and out of the pool. 

Who is your favorite athlete to watch and why?

My favorite athlete to watch is Simone Biles because of how fun and effortless she makes gymnastics look. 

Do you have any departing advice for your younger teammates on BCST?

My advice would be to work hard, be a good teammate and always have fun! 

 

Audrey Hixon

Number of years on BCST: 4 

College attending: Undecided

What is your favorite event to swim?

200 backstroke

What is your proudest moment or best memory as a BCST swimmer?

Being in the finals of the 200 backstroke at Senior Sectionals and getting my first Futures “cut” (time standards). 

What is the greatest lesson you learned by participating in BCST?

To rely on your teammates for support. No matter what you are dealing with or going through, your teammates will always be there to help you persevere. Swimming, like most sports, teaches you valuable lessons throughout your life. 

Who is your favorite athlete to watch and why?

Nathan Adrian, because every time I watch him swim, he is motivated to swim his very best.

Do you have any departing advice for your younger teammates on BCST?

My advice is to make sure you enjoy the overall experience of swimming, and to not let the small things get you down. 

 

Samuel Liu

Number of years on BCST: 3

College attending: Undecided 

Special awards/scholarships:

  • BCST’s coach’s award recipient 2014-2015
  • National Honor Society
  • Spanish Honor Society
  • Regional Championships 2017

What are your favorite events to swim?

100 and 200 freestyle, 100 and 200 backstroke

What is your proudest moment or best memory from being on the swim team?

My best memory from being on the swim team was going river rafting with my fellow teammates. 

What is the greatest lesson you learned by participating in BCST, or extracurricular sports in general?

I learned that being a part of a team with supportive teammates and coaches really does make a difference in my performance. 

Who is your favorite athlete to watch and why?

I don’t watch much sports, but my favorite moment in sports was when the Seahawks won the Superbowl.

Do you have any departing advice for your younger teammates on BCST?

Don’t skim on the breakouts.  

 

Nick Kenny

Number of years on BCST: 5

College attending: California Lutheran University

What are your favorite events to swim?

50 and 100 freestyle

What is your proudest moment or best memory from being on the swim team?

Getting moved up to Senior 2.

What is the greatest lesson you learned by participating in BCST??

If you work hard you can achieve anything.

Who is your favorite athlete to watch and why?

Edwin Diaz because he is a great closing pitcher.

Do you have any departing advice for your younger teammates on BCST?

Even if you do get overlooked sometimes, if you work hard you can overcome it. 

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