SCHOOL: P.K. Yonge
FAVORITE SWIM EVENT: 100 backstroke (defending 1A state champion), 500 freestyle
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.