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Allison Naasz balances swimming, school

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Posted: Friday, March 9, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:26 am, Fri Mar 9, 2012.

One should never underestimate what can be learned from the young. Tokay High School senior Allison Naasz could lead a motivational seminar on what it takes to navigate a successful life. Her energetic, ambitious personality is charismatic.

As an accomplished swimmer, Allison is no stranger to sacrifice. Reflecting back on the many times she missed school games or woke to the 4 a.m. ringing of her alarm clock, she has no regrets. When she was compared to other swimmers, she took the advice a coach gave her and focused on achieving her own goals. Always focusing on her personal best, she swam against the elite in the Valley for section titles and placed in the top 10 in two varsity events.

Clocking in an average of 14 pool hours each week did not distract Allison from the big picture of life. This ambitious young lady also puts the pedal to the metal in the classroom. She fully understands the concept of a stepping stone and specifically aligns each day with the big picture in mind. This strategy has landed her a place on the swim team at Pepperdine University this fall.

Having fun along her journey is part of the plan. In a few months, if you don't find Allison in the pool or library of the Malibu campus, you might want to check across the street. Just a few steps away you will find the coastal line, where she plans to bond with her new teammates catching the waves of the surf.

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