SCHOOL: P.K. Yonge

YEAR: Senior

FAVORITE SWIM EVENT: 100 backstroke (defending 1A state champion), 500 freestyle   

HEIGHT: 5-foot-8   

A great day for me consists of: Dunkin Donuts coffee in the morning and seeing my friends first thing in the morning at school. 

B est movie I’ve ever seen? “The Incredibles.”  

C oach Kara Dawson’s best words of advice for me? Lain, keep swimming.  

D ay of the meet, I do what to prepare myself? I drink a lot of water, eat a lot of fruit and I listen to music that will get me pumped up for the meet.    

E asiest part of my school day: My English class. It’s super chill, we just read a lot. I like reading. 

F avorite sport besides swimming: Soccer.   

G oals for the season? Stay a top finisher at state and also place at junior nationals in December.

Note: Lain swims year-round with Gator Swim Club.  

H appiest day of my life was when ... I went to New York with my best friend and my mom. It was really fun, I’ve never been to New York. That was my birthday last year. 

I nteresting thing about me away from swimming: I sing in a rock band.  

J oker on the team: Georgia Bates. She is always smiling and laughing. She makes practice so much more worth it.

Note: Georgia Bates is a teammate on Gator Swim Club. 

K ey to becoming a good swimmer is: Listening to your coach, following the plan and making sure you have confidence in yourself.  

L ike listening to ... classic rock.  

M ajor I plan pursuing: Broadcast journalism or oral surgery when I go to the University of Florida. 

N ickname? People on the team give me the name Lain Lines, because of the lane ropes in the pool. Started in middle school.  

O ne person who inspires me the most: My mom. She has been through so much. She always tells me to keep my head up and keep positive thoughts. 

P re-race ritual: Always drink water before my race, then behind the blocks I like to shake my arms out and stretch, and always have my eye buds on listening to a good song.  

Q uiet time activity: Watching TV and taking a nap. 

R easons for emergence of quality girls swimmers in Gainesville area? Girls coming up are super hard workers, they really train in practice. I train with a lot of them. They really have their minds set on amazing things.

S troke that is most difficult: Breaststroke. I’ve struggled my whole life.  

T oughest part about being a swimmer is ... waking up at 4:30 in the morning for a 5 a.m. practice. 

U niversity of Florida is best for me because .... I get along really well with the girls, I clicked with the team. It felt like home when I was here.

V acation spot I love? The beach.  

W hat will it take for P.K. Yonge girls to capture another district title and finish in top 10 at Class 1A state? We have a pretty good shot at doing both. Making sure the girls have a lot of confidence, we know they can swim fast. Having a lot of confidence going into the meets. 

X factor: Do you see Blue Wave girls challenging for city title? I definitely do. We have a lot of really good girls this year, and a lot of up-and-coming girls. We have a really good shot of winning.  

Y our legacy, how important is it to help P.K. Yonge have a big season? It’s a big role. I’m a senior, and a lot of the younger kids look up to the seniors. Helping those kids as much as I can so they are prepared for meets.  

Z ombie fan (Walking Dead, World War Z, Z Nation)? Yes. I grew up watching horror movies with my dad. I like the whole zombie stuff.