Kirsten Vose is one of the most recognized swimmers in Southern California. She will take her 11 All American banners to USC with a
Senior Vose has been on
the Rose Bowl swim team for over seven years, and on the FSHA team since
freshman year. Her best events are the 100 breaststroke and the 200
breaststroke. When she was a junior, Vose was swimmer of the year in the
Pasadena Star News.
“I love being
physically active and the water is just a comfortable place for me. The friends
I have made through swimming I will have for the rest of my life,” Vose said.
This 6-foot-1 giant made
the Olympic trial cut in the 100 breast stroke over the summer, and came close
to making the cut in the 200 breaststroke.
She has already
qualified to compete in June of 2016 for a spot on the Olympic team after her fifth-place finish at Junior Nationals and her representation of
the state of California at a swim meet in Japan.
She finished in the top
five in two CIF individual finals and excelled in the Tologs’ 200-yard medley
relay CIF championship according to the Valley Sun.
“Swimming at FSHA is
tons of fun [but] the Rose Bowl swim team has been where I really have learned
to swim and I continue to learn how to be a better competitive swimmer,” Vose said.
She is planning to swim
all four years of college and the year after because of the next Olympic Games.
She has hopes to make the Olympic team in 2020.
“I know USC is a great
academic school and the swim team is great too; they finished fifth in the
nation last year. I’m really excited to see where my swimming can go with the
training and coaching I will receive there,” Vose said.
USC signed her in October, but the
recruiting process started in Vose’s junior year. Several colleges emailed her
and her Rose Bowl coach and Vose picked five schools to visit on recruiting
trips: University of Auburn, Cal, University of Virginia, University of
North Carolina and USC.
—Alejandra Gurrola. Photo by Keith Farley.