By Anthony Mitchell
For The Daily Item
MUNCY -- Watching her neighbors was all it took for an eight-year-old Emily Maxwell to become hooked on swimming.
After listening to her neighbors rave about swimming, Maxwell decided to sign up for the Lewisburg Gators along with her sister. Once the competitive fire was lit, Maxwell was on the fast-track to success in the water.
Ten years later, Maxwell is one of the leaders on a strong Gators squad while sharing her knowledge and experiences at the pool to help teammates reach new heights.
The hard work and countless hours that she and her teammates invested in the pool paid off in a large way this past season, with the club peaking at the right time.
Maxwell and her teammates saw everything come together in April with a sixth-place finish at the 2013 YMCA Short-Course National Championships in Greensboro, N.C., representing the Sunbury YMCA.
"That was pretty memorable to go out with a bang," Maxwell said. "It was awesome."
While Maxwell described the national championship meet as an incredible experience, she mentioned that she would still like to work harder as she transitions into collegiate swimming.
Maxwell added that her experience swimming on the national stage and dealing with the pressure that comes at that level will help prepare her for the her next step in swimming. She's off to Granville, Ohio, in the fall to swim for the Denison Big Red, winners of five straight conference titles and a team that finished third at the Division III Championships last year.
"I wanted a school that focused first on academics so that's what led me to Division III," Maxwell said.
Maxwell said that she wanted to have the chance to compete at the upper tier of Division III while also striking a balance with her studies.