Phoebe Duval– Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS junior Emily Massengale competed in the World Deaf Championships for Swimming from Aug. 25-31 in São Paulo, Brazil.
Massengale placed top eight in all her events and medaled in four events, the 400 free (bronze), 100 back (silver), 200 back (silver), and 1500 free (silver).
“My favorite thing about the meet was being part of the USA Deaf Team and meeting people from other countries,” Massengale said.
Massengale volunteered to swim the mile (1500 freestyle) and although she hadn’t swum the event in four years; she earned a silver medal.
“It felt amazing to medal in an event that I didn’t expect to even place in,” Massengale said. “I was so surprised that I got silver!”
In addition to her individual events, Massengale enjoyed swimming in the 4×100 mixed medley relay, which is made up of two men and two women. She likes swimming mixed relays since, “It’s fun to swim with the boys and girls combined and club swimming doesn’t allow mixed relays.
“It was an honor to swim for the United States and I hope to get the chance to swim for my country,” said Massengale.
Massengale plans to swim in college and continue competing in deaf swim meets. She is optimistic about the future and thankful that although she has a disadvantage, it gives her opportunities that she wouldn’t have otherwise.
“Nothing can stop you from reaching your dreams,” Massengale said. “No matter what your situation is, hard work will get you where you want to be.”