Age: 17

High school: Cypress Bay

College: Indiana at Bloomington


Two years ago, Brittney Phelan was beginning to have second thoughts about swimming.

It was the end of her sophomore year at Cypress Bay High School and the talented breaststroker was having a hard time in workouts.

“I wanted to quit very badly,” Phelan said. 

“I was training but I wasn’t doing well and I wasn’t sure why. I was second guessing myself. I honestly wanted to quit. It was just a year where I wasn’t doing anything with my swimming. But I worked through it. I wanted to see if I could get better and I did.”

Phelan never thought about quitting again and has yet to regret her decision to stay in the pool and keep swimming.

The 17-year-old swam a career-best time in the 200-yard breaststroke at the recent Florida Gold Coast Senior Championships. She was seeded second going into finals. After a blistering opening 50-yard split of 31.83, she went on to win by half a pool length.

Another reward was earning a scholarship to Indiana at Bloomington. She starts classes this fall.

“Swimming is still a huge priority for me,” Phelan said. “I love the sport and I am so motivated to swim. I did think I would go to college and swimming has played a big part.”

Coral Springs Swim Club coach Michael Lohberg wasn’t surprised when Phelan had doubts about her swimming. He said he sees it often with teenage girls.

“At that age, there are always motivational and other issues,” Lohberg said. “Sometimes 16 and 17-year-olds get a little off track but she found her way back. She is fully back on track. The last couple of meets she has done really well. She is focused again.”

Phelan has been swimming since she was little along with gymnastics, soccer and basketball. She said she loved swimming the most and started getting competitive at age 10.

Three years ago, she started swimming at Coral Springs. At zones in Texas, one of her biggest meets, she won the 100 breaststroke at age 15.

“Michael has been great to work with,” Phelan said. “He has done a lot for me actually. I am swimming fast again. He is happy and I am happy with it.”

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