A+ Athlete: Lindsay Looney, Denison

Published: Jan. 15, 2019 at 4:36 PM CST
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This week's A+ Athlete is Lindsay Looney of Denison High School.

Lindsay is a 5-time swimming state champion. Including 3 gold medals in the 200 IM, and 2 more in the 100 Fly.

But the accomplishments in the pool don't stop there. She represents team USA on the National jr team, she was voted the Texas Girls Coaches association female athlete of the year in 2018, and she holds the state record for the 100 meter butterfly with a 54.40.

But she doesn't plan on slowing down anytime soon.

"I love the feeling of being able to race and pushing myself to the best that I can be," said Looney. "Racing is so much fun, and being able to compete with other people on a big stage is the best feeling ever."

"She's hungry. She knows that this is just a little stepping stone. She knows that after this, she's got college, then possibly the Olympics," said Denison swim coach Mike Garcia. "So she's got bigger things in mind than where she's at now. She knows she's good where she is now, but she wants greater things."

But it's in the classroom where Lindsay makes the biggest splash.

She is a USA Swimming Scholastic All American, she's involved in the National Honor Society, and she has a GPA of 4.29, which puts her in the top 6 percent of her class.

Using her competitive drive in and out of the pool.

"It gives me a drive that I am able to use in the classroom but also in the pool," said Looney. "I want to be the very best in the pool, and I want to do my very best in the classroom. That's where it helps."

"She's a great kid that we are so pleased to have here. She's a really special representative," said Denison history teacher Staci Schneider. "She puts Denison on the map for one more thing. It's just a really special thing to have her in class. We really really enjoy."

After graduation, Lindsay will continue her swimming career at Arizona State University.