January’s Athlete of the Month is senior swimmer Lacey Hylen.
Hylen started swimming competitively this year, and was previously on the diving team, which she created. This year, however, the diving team is no longer active, so Hylen has turned her focus toward swimming.
When asked what swimming accomplishments she is most proud of, Hylen said, “When I first started swimming my 50m freestyle time was about 35s, but I got it down to 29s. That’s a six-second drop and that’s really hard to do in swimming.”
The swimming season is currently in progress, and Hylen hopes to do well in Regions and potentially make it to state.
Outside of the classroom – and when she’s not creating sports teams – Hylen is involved in several different activities. Most recently, she helped to create the ‘Turning Green’ Movement that the Awaken class will undertake this semester. She is also an officer in National Honor Society and FCCLA, teaches swim lessons, worked part-time, and will soon start lifeguarding.
After graduation, Hylen will attend Northern Kentucky University. “I’m going to major in Biochemical Science and I’m also going to minor in Anthropology,” Hylen said. “I plan on being a Physician’s Assistant, hopefully in dermatology.”
For more information on the swimming team’s schedule and results, visit http://www.wjcolts.com.