A Wilson swimmer can be seen dancing and making her teammates laugh before races.
High school and college sports are competitive, but Marianne Flynn thinks fun is what sports should be about.
Her light-hearted approach to swimming has been effective this season. "I try to lighten up the sport for everyone or else it will drain you. A lot of fun is taken out of the sport," said the Wilson standout.
The athlete has been making splashes all season long. So far she shattered the Cumberland Valley pool record in the 200-meter Individual Medley and 100-meter breaststroke. In addition, she broke Governor Mifflin's record by a half a second in the 100-meter breaststroke.
Flynn currently won the 200-meter IM on Friday, March 3, at the District 3-AAA. She has been undefeated in the breaststroke and was seated first in District 3-AAA for the 200 IM. "Last season I came in second (Districts) and lost to my friend. She is a good swimmer and I was very happy for her."
"Being undefeated all season long and seated first in districts, there is a little bit of pressure," said Flynn, adding that, her strategy all season long has been to race against her time, not other swimmers.
She became interested in the sport when she was about seven years old. "I saw my sister perform and it looked like fun and I had to join. I got hooked." Flynn explained that she was glad that she didn't start swimming at an earlier age. "Many swimmers started swimming a lot younger than me. Some people that swim at such a young age, seem not to enjoy it as much when they are older," said the swimmer.
With her success this year, many colleges are interested in the junior. "I have been getting random letters. It is fun to see that other coaches are watching me."
In addition, the standout is very close to her dream - making the Olympic trial time. "It is definitely one of my major goals. I am very close, closer than I thought. I would love to go to the trials, but it is a lot of hard work."
Flynn and her teammates will be heading to states on March 15-17 at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.