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All-City Swimming: Bishop McGuinness' Lizzy Whitbeck overcomes burnout

By Robert Przybylo, Staff Writer, Published: April 7, 2010


Trying to push herself to the limit was about all Whitbeck could do to keep herself motivated.

Training for a couple of years with her sister, Katie, who is now at Arkansas, and former Edmond Memorial star and current Stanford swimmer Samantha Woodward, Whitbeck had seen what happens when pushed. She used to watch them go back and forth racing each other and train out of their comfort zone. She saw the benefits.

At the high school level, Whitbeck really had no equal.

"I was just working on improving my time – that was my motivation,” Whitbeck said. "I love bonding with my teammates, and this season helped me remember why I love swimming the first place.”

Whitbeck is going to join her sister at Arkansas, where she plans to walk on to the Razorbacks’ swim program.

"I really enjoyed it there,” Whitbeck said. "They have a lot of fun there, and the coaches treat everyone the same. It’s a great environment.”