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