Coach: Mike Ahrens
School: Bettendorf High School
Coaches reason for nomination: "Lauren is a outstanding junior on our third ranked team. She was our fourth breaststroker last year who swam at the JV conference meet (set meet record) and this year she is ranked fifth in the entire state. Lauren is dedicated to swimming 12 months a year and continually drops time in all her swimming events. Through sheer drive and determination she has turned herself into one of the elite swimmers in the state of Iowa."
How do you train for this sport? "I train six days a week, year round. I spend some of my mornings in a cold pool at 5 a.m."
What advice would you give someone who wants to do this sport? "Dedicate yourself everyday. Work hard and never give up, and your hard work will pay off."
Plan after high school: "After high school I plan to attend a University and swim."