Brooke and Lexi J.

Tom Taylor Family YMCA

After moving to Washington from Las Vegas, Valerie wanted to get her daughters Brooke and Lexi involved in swim lessons. "It started as a safety measure because we live on the waterfront," said Valerie. "But now the girls love swimming competitively."

Since starting the swim program, Lexi and Brooke developed strong aspirations to swim competitively long-term, wanting to follow in the footsteps of their three aunts who were collegiate swimmers.

Lexi and Brooke love the comradery and friendships they made on the Y's swim team, but their true joy comes from competing with each other, and pushing each other to try their hardest.