Nicole Ross is Anya’s USPA Learning Coach and was a large part of her success this year. Nicole was a positive force and always had a solution when Anya was feeling overwhelmed. The artistic swimming schedule can change throughout the course of the year. Since Anya cannot control the calendar or when the changes occur, it can at times be stressful for her. When the organization added practice time or competitions, it was so nice to know that Anya had Nicole, her academic advocate. Nicole was always very responsive and worked hard to help Anya rearrange her schedule so that Anya could complete her academic assignments while pursuing her dreams. The schedule flexibility that Nicole was able to provide was key to Anya’s success and, honestly, her sanity.