I swam competitively from age 4-27, took a few years off and started racing again at age 32. I did my first CrossFit competition in 2022.
I swam at Clarion University from 2007-2011 where I was a 28x All American swimmer (NCAA maximum – D2) and still hold 9 school records (50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100 fly, 200/400 medley relays and 200/400/800 free relays). I continued swimming as a post grad with West Virginia University and qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly, placing as high as 27th in the country in the 50 free. I recently came in 6th in the 50 free at the 2022 U.S. Open and qualified for the 2024 Olympic Swim Trials.
After retiring from swimming in 2016, I found X-Fit in 2017. I enjoyed doing it just to stay in shape, but decided to start taking it more seriously in 2021. Since then, I qualified and competed at The Fittest Experience in Texas (RX Individual) and Wodapalooza (RX Team).
I am most proud of my recent qualification for the 2024 Olympic Swim Trials. I mostly train as a crossfitter and only spend one day a week in the pool, so I feel that it is a true testament of the hard work I put in.
Swimming and X-Fit are complete opposites for me. I enjoy swimming because of the solitude but I enjoy working out and laughing with my friends at the gym. I love X-Fit because it forces me out of my comfort zone daily by requiring me to do things I don’t necessarily excel at.
My favorite piece of Lycan equipment is my pink barbell. Not only do I love the way it spins when I’m lifting but the pop of color is a reminder to always have fun!
I started competing in fitness events in 2013. It was actually a charity competition and I ended up winning. After that, I signed up for every competition I heard about and haven’t stopped since.
I started training here in Miami shortly after moving from Venezuela. I was actually in recovery after being diagnosed with anorexia. Training saved my life. Since I was little I have been an athlete. My parents and older brothers have always been very active and have given me that example. Being of a large frame I was always strong and a bit big compared to the children around me. They called me “fat”, “man” and “sausage legs” because I was strong and had thick legs and that caused many insecurities in me that I began to change how I saw myself through diets and exercises and it became harmful to my health .
I lost a lot of weight to the point where I couldn’t sit down because my bones were hurting. Bathing was horrible because even with boiling water I felt cold. I got pretty dizzy, couldn’t think straight and was always cold. I missed my period for over a year and was not allowed to do any physical activity.
Finding my passion in cross-discipline fitness changed my life completely. It gave me confidence in myself again and gave me a dream to fight for.
It made me want to become the best version of myself. I am most proud of learning how to manage my eating disorders, and acknowledging that asking people for help doesn’t make you weak.
On the other hand I am very proud of competing at the Games. Not because of my performance there, but because I set a goal for myself and didn’t stop working until I made it happen.
My favorite Lycan gear is definitely my dumbbells. I LOVE dumbbell workouts. I love that they require greater stabilization which in turn, activates more muscle fibers. They also allow for unilateral training which makes over-compensation impossible allowing us to identify and eliminate strength imbalances.
This fitness community has given me friendships that have turned into family.