Whitney Metzler – Honor Athlete

Whitney began swimming at age five for the Winfield Waves. When older sister Staci began year round swimming for the York (PA) YMCA, Whitney was not content to sit and watch from the stands. With some encouragement from her parents, she began year round swimming at the age of six. After two years, she joined the Sonship Aquatics team where she swam until age thirteen when she and her sister began training with NBAC in Towson, Maryland. With support from her parents in making the daily commute from their home in Glen Rock, PA to Towson and summers at Meadowbrook, both sisters improved through high school. After finishing third in 200 M Breast at YMCA Nationals in 1990 before coming to NBAC, Whitney began training for and excelling in one of competitive swimming’s most demanding events, the 400 IM. She qualified for Junior Nationals in 1991, Senior Nationals by 1993. Whitney was ranked first in 400 IM in Top 16 in 1993 and 1995, ultimately qualifying for the Olympic Trials in 1996, where she and teammate Beth Botsford made the USA Olympic team. Whitney was ranked 13th in the world going into the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, but in one of the most thrilling preliminary races of the meet, made finals and swam in the medal race finishing eighth. In addition to holding the Maryland State records in both yard and meter 400 IMs, Whitney was the recipient of the Samuel H. Shipley Distinguished Achievement Award twice, the York County Sports Person of the Year in 1997 and the Tracy Caulkins scholarship at the University of Florida. Whitney achieved NCAA All America status as a member of Florida’s 800 Free Relay. Now residing in White Plains, NY Whitney is a second year law student working as Director of Communications with Financial Decisions in Manhattan. For her years of hard work and Olympic achievement as a Maryland swimmer, Whitney is inducted into the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame.