Madisyn Lyons of Hurricane High takes top honors
Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week's Female Gamer of the Week to Madisyn Lyons of Hurricane High School.
The West Virginia High School swim season ended last week with the State Meet in Morgantown with many local area swimmers coming out on top. One State Champion was Madisyn Lyons, a junior from Hurricane High School, who placed first in the 500 yard Freestyle with a time of 5:12.60. She not only placed first, but beat the second place finisher by more than 14 seconds. She also took home medals in the 200 yard Medley relay, 200 yard IM and 400 yard Free Relay placing 3rd, 3rd, and 4th.
"I was really proud of my teammates. We all swam really well. I was really happy to see Zach Shurow and the boys 200 free relay who are also state champs so it was a great meet for us," said Madisyn about her team's success.
When asked about her performances at the state meet she said, "I swam well and was very excited to win the 500 Free. I really want to break that record next year. I was a little disappointed placing 3rd in the 200 IM but I also swam a season best so I can't be too hard on myself." The 500 Freestyle record is the oldest record in WV girls swimming standing since 1999.
Hurricane High girls coach Kendra Ragle was extremely happy with the performance of her team this season. She said that Madisyn's leadership and work ethic has played a crucial role in their success. "She is by far the most dedicated athlete I've had the pleasure of coaching. She's had a major influence on the work ethic of her teammates and was always there to cheer or guide them when needed. Overall she is a hard worker who is determined to do whatever it takes to come out on top," said coach Ragle.
One person who has made a big impact on Madisyn's performance this season is her Tri-County Wild Waves coach Phillip Berry. "In the past year Phil has pushed me to work harder in and out of the water and make sure I am taking care of my body. He has gotten me to start stretching more often as well as lifting weights on a regular schedule and eating right. The strength I gained through the lifting has really helped me to be stronger in the water," she said.
Madisyn is the daughter of Susan and Patrick Lyons and has a 3.5 GPA. She is a member of the Tri-County Wild Waves team where she swims year round competing in a variety of events such as the 400 IM, 200 backstroke, 1 mile, and more. Madisyn would like to swim in college for a Division 1 school and will begin to look into her options more next year as a senior.
Look for Madisyn and other local area high school athletes to be named next week's Female Gamer of the week sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald.
Brad Coleman MS, ATC, CSCS, CF-L1, works at Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc.
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