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Senior swimmer wraps solo season

By Brian Blair

She is one a kind.

Owen County High School senior Evyn White is the lone member of the school’s swimming team. She recently wrapped up her season and career at the Region 4 meet Feb. 6-7 at Scott County High School. White swam in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke.

She posted one of the top 12 times in the preliminaries to reach the finals in both events. In the finals, the senior finished ninth in the 50-yard freestyle and 10th in the 100-yard breaststroke.

For White, swimming runs in the family. Her mom introduced her to swimming and her dad is her coach. When asked what it was like having a parent as a coach, White said “It is nice having my dad there.”

She grew up in New York and began swimming at the age of seven. Her family then moved to Florida where she swam her freshman year at Martin County High School. White came to Owen County for her sophomore year.

She said she swims two hours a day five days a week at The Pavilion in Georgetown.

White also played soccer for the Lady Rebels where she enjoyed the company of other teammates. She said that while swimming is an individual sport the idea of being the only member of a team is different.

The senior draws inspiration from American swimmer Dara Torres, who at the age of 41 swam in her fifth Olympics in 2008. White said Torres proves that “age can’t stop you.” Torres won three silver medals at the Beijing games.

White also has an opinion on the recent events surrounding Michael Phelps, the American swimmer who set a record by winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Phelps was recently photographed at a party allegedly smoking marijuana.

 “It is a bit of a letdown,” White said. “It is surprising for someone who has so many people that admire him to just throw it all away.”

Phelps has lost several endorsements as a result of the incident.

The end of her high school career will not be the end of swimming for White.

She said you will always be able to find her around a pool.

“I would like to swim in college,” White said.

The senior said she has had some interest from colleges about her coming and continuing to swim at the next level.