Jenelle Bayor- Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – From Aug. 25 to Aug. 31 LRHS senior Emily Massengale will attend the World Deaf Swimming Championships located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This will be Massengale’s second year attending the competition.
Massengale has been swimming for her whole life, but never realized how far it would take her and the type of competitions she would be able to swim in.
“I can’t wait to fly out to Brazil this Friday, Aug. 23 and see everybody,” exclaimed Massengale.
Massengale will be traveling to Sao Paulo with her local club team coach, Chris Daly. The team has been communicating since May, and Massengale has been training every day for the championship.
Along with swimming every day, she also works out and eats right in order to stay in the best shape possible.
Massengale has also competed in the 2017 Deaflympics located in Hungary and even earned a bronze medal in the 200-meter backstroke and 400-meter individual medley (IM).
“My favorite event to swim is most likely the 200-meter backstroke because it is not too short or too long. I can still pace it but also sprint it,” explained Massengale.
The last World Deaf Swimming Championship was in 2015 and located in San Antonio, Texas. At the championship this year, she will be on the team with some new members along with some she has swam with before.
“I am most excited for making new friends, travelling to a new place, and getting to swim fast while representing my country,” shared Massengale.