From York County to Rio: Flickinger’s Olympic journey

Posted: August 3, 2016 in Swimming

Hali Flickinger (left) was part of the 4x200 free relay

Hali Flickinger could’ve been sitting in her parents’ warm house in Spring Grove, enjoying her winter break, while resting and preparing for the grind of her final swimming season at the University of Georgia.

Instead, she chose to spend it in the pool. The same pool at the York YMCA’s Graham Aquatic Center where she swam in middle school and high school. The same pool where she developed into an internationally recognized athlete, as well as an NCAA Division I recruit.

Every day, she made the 15-minute commute and swam with boys and girls seven or eight years her junior, never once letting her training dip. On days when York YMCA head coach Michael Brooks let his swimmers off from two-a-day practices, Flickinger pressed on and trained on her own.

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