Downs helps take Bantam swim team to state twice

CLARKSTON, WA - When it comes to swimming, Lucy Downs is no stranger to the pool.

Her parents had her taking lessons at the tender age of four and she hasn't looked back.

"I was in swim lessons and then my coach said I should be on the swim team and then so I've swam ever since," said Downs.

Practicing every day, sometimes having to hit the pool before class has taken a toll but it's all worth it. Last year she went to state as a freshman and achieved that milestone again this year in not just one event, but two.

"I qualified in the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay," said Downs.

With state competition starting Friday, it has been a week of preparation and Downs is excited to hit the pool and compete in the sport she loves.

"It's a lot of fun, it's a good sport," said Downs. "It's just...I have a lot of fun with my team."

Speaking of teammates, one that Downs often turns to is her friend, Kaitlann McDonnell, who will compete with Downs in the 200 freestyle relay. Both said qualifying for state is something they've worked hard for and they've helped each other get there.

"I feel like the more we swim together, we push each other and our competition never gets in the way of our friendship," said McDonnell. "We always want to push each other harder. We're like sisters pretty much."

Downs said swimming has been a great experience and hopes it will continue after high school. If it were her choice, she would be heading south to TCU.

"I want to do it, I want to try and get a scholarship," said Downs.