Forde Builds Legacy One Stroke at a Time


Photo Courtesy of Brooke Forde

Brooke Forde swimming at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Singapore.

Ryan Gahm and Anna-Maria Beck

Junior Olympian. Sacred Heart Academy Senior. Olympic Team Trials Swimmer. Stanford Commit.

Alone, these titles are impressive, but combined they create the powerful dynamo that is Brooke Forde.

When asked about her future as a Stanford Tree, Forde said, “I’m most excited about joining the swim team at Stanford. It is a great group of girls and coaches who I know will help me improve and have a lot of fun.”

Despite Forde’s impressive resume, like any other normal teenager, she has some minor anxiety about heading to college.

Forde said, “I’m a little nervous about being surrounded by such a prestigious group of students and athletes at Stanford.”

Although she will be across the country, Forde will have a familiar face in California. Leah Stevens, SHA ’15,  also swims for Stanford.  Forde and Stevens, former Lakeside  Swim Club teammates, have stayed in touch.

Forde’s favorite stroke is breaststroke. In the 200 breastroke, her fastest time is 2:11.29. In addition to breaststroke, she has also had great success in the individual medley. Her best time in the 400 IM is 4:07.49. Another amazing feat is her time in the 200 IM, which is 1:57.85.

In addition to swimming, Forde cannot wait to delve into all of the unique academic possibilities that Stanford has to offer. She is currently undecided on her major, but she has an interest in biology and Spanish.

No matter what career she chooses, Forde said “Having a Stanford degree will certainly help me be prepared to enter the workforce after I am finished swimming.”

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