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Miss Emma B. McKinley

Charlottesville YMCA Aquatics Club
 
Miss Emma B. McKinley is a worthy recipient of the first annual award, demonstrating swimming excellence that would impress Coach Kyle, while also suffering personal loss.  During the 2009-2010 season, Miss McKinley swam numerous AAAA and AAA times, achieved a number of top 16 finishes at YMCA Nationals (both short and long course) and qualified for Long Course Junior Nationals.  She did this through impressive dedication at practice and while maintaining strong grades at Western Albemarle High School.  Perhaps most impressive to us was that Miss McKinley achieved all of this while her father was battling cancer; a battle he ultimately lost in August of 2010.
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