Kylee Hynes

Lake Kandle Lake Sharks Swim Team
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Kylee started her swimming career at the age of seven when it became clear that she had no interest in soccer, gymnastics, ice skating, lacrosse and just about every other sport that existed. Kylee has been swimming in the SSA league for 11 years as an Elmer Shark for 8 years and more recently as a Lake Shark for the last three years.  Some of her favorite summertime memories include the team breakfasts, never getting into the water on time, Peach Bowl, and the record breaking relay in 2019.  In addition to summer swimming as a shark, Kylee swam for GPAC, TWAC, and the GCIT swim teams. During her senior year Kylee was also named captain of the GCIT Girls Swim Team. Kylee has been awarded several honors throughout her swimming career such as First Team All-Conference in the 500 freestyle, NJ.com’s freshman swimmer to watch, Most Improved, Top Scholar Athlete, and numerous other student-athlete awards. Along with being a swimmer, Kylee also ran on the GCIT Girls Cross Country team both her junior and senior years and even managed to make the varsity team her senior year. When she was not competing athletically, she stayed active and involved in clubs and activities such as teaching adaptive swim lessons for Tidewater Adaptive Aquatics as well as being a member of the National Honors Society, National Technical Honors Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and DECA. Kylee served as the president of her DECA chapter her junior and senior years. In addition, Kylee graduated top 5 of the GCIT 2020-2021 class and earned the honor of having the highest GPA and being the Top Scholar in her Business and Finance Academy at GCIT. This fall, Kylee will be heading to the University of South Carolina where she will attend the Honors College and will be double majoring in International Business and Marketing while also minoring in Spanish. Go Gamecocks! Kylee would like to first thank her mom for being her biggest cheerleader, the person who understands her more than she understands herself, and the person who would drop everything to take her to a swim meet or college tour. Also, her dad for always having her back, putting life into perspective when she is freaking out, and taking her to the 5 am morning practices. She would also like to thank her sister Julia for always challenging her to do her best in everything she does and keeping it real with her at all times. Kylee would also like to thank her entire family and her friends for their unconditional love and support. She would be lost without them. Kylee's words of advice to the younger swimmers are “to never take life too seriously, know that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to, and when all else fails just keep swimming!”