Sophomore swimmer named Trojan Outreach Athlete of the Month for her work at Bethune Middle School.
THIS SEASON: Jamie Christy, a 2015 sophomore, is a skilled breaststroker who is also improving in the medley and looks to make a leap from her 2014 debut.
2014: Christy competed chiefly in the breast and medley events for the Trojans as a 2014 freshman, providing dual meet depth.
HIGH SCHOOL: Christy prepped at Westminster Prep in Augusta, Ga., where she was a state champion in the 100m breast in 2003 and a finalist as a sophomore. She also competed in the 100m breast at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. She also is part of a handful of age group relay state records.
CLUB/COACH : Dynamo Swim Club/Jason Turcotte.
PERSONAL: She is studying psychology and French ... Christy is among USC's top student-athletes involved with the community, teaching students at nearby Bethune Middle School how to swim on a weekly basis during the school year. Once a week, she gives middle schoolers lessons in swimming fundamentals and self-confidence. "These kids used to be scared," Jamie said. "They wanted to learn, but they didn't understand the different strokes." In the early stages of the program, which formed with the support of Tony Grutman and the Trojan Swim Club, Jamie would dive in to demonstrate a stroke, step by step, until the majority of the group grasped the concept. The students then experimented with the new techniques. First freestyle, then backstroke, which Jamie describes as the easiest strokes to learn. "It started to click for them." Along the way, Jamie has recruited teammates to join her at Bethune. She now realizes her most significant lessons have been personal, not athletic. "There are so many things that can make young kids feel insecure and doubt themselves," Jamie said. "I just want to be able to show them these basic swim techniques, show them how to be comfortable wearing a swim suit."
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