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By Derrick Smith

Jenny Oldham is a senior at Choctaw High School and she is a member of the school swim team. While she is able to swim all the strokes, she specializes in the 100 butterfly, 200 individual medley, 200 medley relay, and the 200 freestyle relay. 

There is a lot of preparation that Jenny has to do in order to be prepared for her meets, but she says the work is not all physical.

“Being a swimmer takes dedication and focus,” she said. “Swimming is eighty percent mental and twenty percent physical. In order to do well, you have to be mentally tough. Competing with that mindset has made me the athlete I am.”

The work that she has put in has helped her get to where she is, but Oldham knows that she could not have done it alone.

“My coaches have been big role models for me,” she said. “Not only do they encourage me in swimming, but they also help me achieve my goals in life. Also, my parents because they always believe in me and push me to do my best. And lastly, my family because they always cheer me on when I compete.”

As a swimmer, Oldham has had a lot of personal accomplishments. But she says that breaking records is a great feeling.

“I love breaking a record that is on the record board,” she said. “I have all but one record as of now and achieving those have definitely been highlight moments for me.”

Jenny is involved in more things than just swimming.

“I am involved in my church, First Baptist Church of Choctaw,” she said. “I am also a member of the National Honor Society and I swim for a USA team.”

Oldham and her teammates competed at the state swimming meet in February. They finished twelfth and fourteenth in two different relays. While it was not quite the outcome they had hoped for, Oldham is proud of the way they competed.