LONGMONT — Brandi Vu's work ethic is unmatched.
At the very minimum, she is in the water 10-12 hours a week honing her skills.
In addition to that, she has a course load that includes AP Literature, AP Psychology, AP Comparative Government, AP Calculus, AP Spanish as well as an online version of AP Macroeconomics
The Silver Creek senior has logged the hours both in the pool and in the classroom that have landed her a chance to not only continue her athletic career but pursue a fantastic education at the University of Denver.
"She is competitive swimmer and a competitive person all the way around," said Silver Creek coach Debbie Stewart, who mentioned that Vu is also involved in the Raptors' student government. "She's a go-getter and driven to success. She's an overachiever and she works hard at anything and everything."
Vu burst onto the prep scene in 2015 with a talented freshmen group at Silver Creek — that included Megan Magill, Emma Pearson and Jenny Weygandt — and earned all-state and all-conference honors after a spectacular season. She placed third in the 100-yard breaststroke and the future looked extremely bight.
But behind the scenes goings-on with her club team took their toll and instead of piggy-backing on a successful first year, Vu plateaued and didn't reach her goals during her sophomore season.
"She got it as a freshman and I think a lot of people thought she peaked after her freshman year. And that could have frustrated her, but she didn't let it get her down and she bounced back," Stewart said. "She wasn't about to go downhill, she went uphill and has continued to go that way. And maybe it was the rumors that drove her to not let people believe she had peaked."
Vu bounced back in a big way last year. She placed in both the breaststroke and the 200 IM to set the stage for a big senior season with the Raptors — whose infusion of young talent has Silver Creek set up for another competitive campaign.
Vu, who credits the people around her for her success both in the pool and in life, has kept her goals simple this season and would like nothing more than to go out with a bang.
"I just want to get some best times and try to get all-state again since I haven't done it since freshman year," said Vu, who at last check had an astounding 4.4 GPA. "I want to try and get records, both conference and school, but those take a back seat to how much fun I want to have."
Having a blast will be a lot easier with the stress of having to prove herself to colleges. Her commitment to the DU will allow her to go out and have that fun.
"Now that I have committed, it's just trying to improve technique-wise and trying to get myself stronger. But time-wise it is just going to fall into place, and if it doesn't, DU will still be there," said Vu, who has mastered the art of multi-tasking. "It's always stressful, but I love learning new things and I know that it will help me get ready for life."