The three children were basically like fish, and spent all of their time in the water splashing and racing and winning ribbons and medals.
Eventually the family moved to New Hampshire, but they continued on with their swimming endeavors.
I am the oldest fish of that family. I began competitively swimming when I was about six or seven years old.
I enjoyed swimming and loved the competitiveness that came along with the sport.
In high school, I swam for my school and for a club team. Swimming was fun for me, but I wasn't ready to make a serious commitment to the sport.
I swam for a Division III college that was close to my home town. It was the perfect fit for me. I was able to get an education, enjoy life with my friends and boyfriend, and be an athlete.
Vinny is the second fish of the family.
I remember being competitive with him in the sport and being so mad when he finally started to beat me consistently.
Swimming was his life. He lived for the sport.
He worked harder than I think I have ever worked for anything in my life. His hard work payed off as he ended up attending the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill on a swimming scholarship.
Michael is the third fish of the family. I'm pretty sure he got dragged into the sport because he was the baby of the family and if everyone else was doing it, then he had to as well. I'm fairly certain that at his first swim meet, when he was three years old or so, Vinny pushed him off of the starting block because Michael wouldn't dive in.
I'm also reasonably sure that he used to be bribed with M&Ms to go to practice and behave.
Well, all of those M&Ms and practices paid off because he is now at the University of Louisville on an academic and swimming scholarship.
Currently, my brothers are in Omaha, Nebraska competing at the Olympic Trials. This is Vinny's second time competing at Olympic Trials and Michael's first.
I am so incredibly proud of my baby brothers and all that they have accomplished in this crazy sport of swimming. You have both worked so hard to get to where you are today and I love you.