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By Vickie Speek
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LDS High School Swimmer Succeeds with Busy Schedule

LA PLATA, MARYLAND -- Jonathan Michela's whirlwind schedule begins at 4:50 a.m. each weekday. Smelling faintly like the chlorinated pool he emerged from only hours before, Michela, a Mormon, rolls out of bed to prepare for an hour-long religion class that starts at 6 a.m. "Chill out" time, an entire 45 minutes of milling about at home, does not come until 2:30 p.m. -- after the junior has completed a full day of high school.

Then it's time for swim practice, which on Thursday night doesn't end until 10:30. The teen typically practices a total of 14 hours per week at the College of Southern Maryland pool. He swims for the Potomac Raiders Swim Club, a year-round swim team, as well as the McDonough High School Rams. Michela, whose specialty is mid- to long-range freestyle events such as the 500, has provided consistent first-place finishes and has only two losses in the past two years for the Rams.

Saturday is the young man's "sleep-in" day. He doesn't have to get up until 5:15 to get ready for meets and practices.

Although he could spend even more time improving in the pool, the teenager is more concerned with completing a project to become an Eagle Scout. He attends Scout meetings on Tuesday evenings at his church in lieu of attending swim practice.


Michela Races the Clock, In and Out of the Pool
Washington Post pgSM11 27Jan02 S2
By Will Toussaint: Special to The Washington Post
McDonough Junior Has Busy Schedule


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