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Para Swimmer

 

Hello Swim Families,
 
One of the perks to swimming in JH is that we get lots of other USA Swimmers who are visiting town and would like to practice with us.  It is often inspirational for our kids to meet these swimmers and learn about their programs. Last night was one of those occasions.
 
Last night Mikaela Jenkins, age 15, who is a member of the USA National Para Swim Team removed her prosthetic leg and leaned it up against our box right next to our quote of the day.
Mikaela had her leg amputated at a very young age.  Despite that, she swims the 100 Free in 58 seconds and the 100 Fly in 59 seconds and holds the American Para record in the 400 IM.
 
After practice she read the quote with the kids and commented on it.  She told the kids that she swims 4 hours a day every day and her morning practice starts at 5AM so she gets up at 4:25 every day.
 
I am sharing just a few articles but if you google Mikaela Jenkins swimmer there are many more.
 

http://www.reitzmirror.com/swimming/just-keep-swimming-disability-doesnt-stop-reitz-freshman-jenkins/

 
 
If that isn't inspiring I don't know what is.
 
So happy to have met such a lovely, determined young lady.
 
Coach Cindy