< Previous Page
"The day she joined me on the team was the best day of my life," Adelin said.
Still, it’s been a careful journey. Ciera avoids weight training, which puts undue stress on her heart. Even as a sprint swimmer, she tries to avoid too much work in the anaerobic zone.
In spite of all the restrictions, Ciera has excelled. She placed sixth in the 200 backstroke at the MPSF Championships last weekend, scoring a point for the Cougars with a time of 2 minutes, 1.64 seconds.
"I’m just so amazed to have this opportunity to do something I love and do it well," she said. "I always try to keep the big picture in mind."
She knows she should take it easy.
"Once I hit the water in the race, I sort of just go for it," Ciera said. "I trust [my doctors], but I also trust myself."
Even more obstacles lie ahead for Ciera.
For now, she’s focused on finding more success at the conference level. More important, she’s focused on the moments that once were impossibilities.
"I hope I can give someone else hope, that you can find some way around your obstacles," she said. "And even if you can’t, life goes on."
Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.