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In King George High School girls’ swimming, senior Kathleen Lyon has been shining in the pool, setting three new records so far this season. In the 100 meter butterfly, she topped the KGHS record with a time of 1:08. Lyon also surpassed old records in the 200 and 400 freestyle, clocking in times of 2:12 and 4:45, respectively. Her 400 freestyle relay team (Lyon, Rachel Webb, LeAnn Miller, and Alexandra Benz) broke the school record, too, with the time of 4:25.46. The high school swim season hasn’t even reached the halfway point.
Lyon has set a significant goal for herself this year: to break all eight KGHS records for individual races this year, meaning she has five to go (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, and 200 individual medley which consists of an individual swimming equal distances of four different strokes). Normally, this would be no easy task, as swimmers are allowed to swim in only four events at each meet. However, Lyon is a one-of-a-kind competitor. “I want to be the best I can be,” she said. “I go as myself, motivate myself.”
Last year in the Virginia High School State Championship Meet, Lyon placed fourth in the 100 butterfly. She has set her mind to win that event this year. The State meet will be held the end of February. Individuals make it to the state competition by swimming a qualifying time during the season in specific event(s). Lyon already has the times to qualify for States in every individual event.
Lyon began swimming at nine years old in the local summer league after her parents said she needed to take up a sport. She soon found herself on the Potomac Raiders year-around swim team, which she has continued to be a part of even after joining the high school team when she reached 9th grade. She continues to compete for both teams, practicing every weekday afternoon and three times per week in the morning before school, swimming over 40 miles per week. Lyon said her favorite races are the long distance – 400 meters and further.
The talented senior recently signed a letter of intent to attend St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, in the fall of 2009, accepting a scholarship offered by the Division I school. Lyon had been recruited and was looking at five colleges, but chose St. Francis after going on a recruiting visit there. “The girls on the team were great. The coach showed me everything about the school, including the classroom settings,” Lyon reminisced. She plans to pursue a psychology degree.
Lyon, co-captain of the KGHS girls’ team along with co-captain Courtney Hartnett, is leading the defending Battlefield District Champions in an attempt to capture another district title. The work these girls do surely will not go unrewarded, and we wish Kathleen and her teammates continued success in their aquatic quest. Go Foxes!