Christy captured two medals at the PIAA Championships. She won a gold medal in the 500 freestyle and a third-place bronze medal in the 200 freestyle.

For her accomplishments, Christy has been selected as The Phoenix Female Athlete of the Year.

"It was a shock to win it," Christy said of her feat.

The current Rams sophomore trains at the Boyertown YMCA under coach Linda Jones. Spring-Ford Area High School does not have its own pool or a swimming team.

"During Christmas I practice 4 1/2 hours a day," Christy said. "Normally I am in the water 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours. I just do the free and butterfly. I do not do the other strokes.

"I have been swimming since I was 8 years old. I started off in Pottstown. I switched to Boyertown shortly after that."

Christy has started what should be a phenomenal career as a first-class state swimmer. She hopes it leads to a college scholarship down the road.

Christy credits Jones for a lot of her success.

"She is great," Christy said. "She is always supportive. She is at practice and up early. Some days we practice before school, but most days it is after school."

Christy spends most of her time in the water as a full-time activity so she does not participate in other athletic endeavors.

She has some relatives who were swimmers, including her mother.

Christy is a diminutive student-athlete. Currently, she stands just 5-foot-4.

"But I don't think that affects me all that much," she said.

Work with weightlifting and medicine balls are part of the conditioning routine.

Christy has left the bar at a high point to measure success for the next three years. She expects a lot of herself and those around her will, too.

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