Whitney Phelps Flickinger – Honor Athlete

164 feet and ½ inch is the distance from one end to the other of a 50 meter pool, but to seven year old Whitney Phelps, it may have well been a mile. “I’m not swimming in that pool!” she declared upon seeing Meadowbrook for the first time. Whitney Nikol Phelps was born in April of 1980 and took her first strokes in swim lessons at North Harford Swim Club, where she would eventually have her first races in summer league alongside her sister Hilary. When Hilary joined the North Baltimore Aquatic Club in 1987, Whitney initially balked at the enormous size of the club’s newest training venue, Meadowbrook. Training under coaches Patty Stephens, Tom Himes and Murray Stephens, Whitney lost her fear and gained, in her mother’s words, tenacity and determination. As Whitney rose the age group rankings, state, zone, Juniors, Seniors, it became clear that she was on a course to the highest levels of the sport. As part of a talented group of female swimmers at NBAC, Whitney was key player in NBAC’s two consecutive National Titles in 1994 and 1995 and a US Open title in 1994. Being named the Maryland LSC Swimmer of the Year in her age group consistently in the years from 1989 to 1998, Whitney was a major contributor to NBAC’s number one age group ranking throughout that decade. Winning the national championship in 200 Fly at Summer Nationals in 1994, Whitney was selected for the USA National Team for the FINA World Championships in Rome in September 1994. Runner up in 200 Fly in the Summer of 1995, Whitney competed in the Pan Pacific Games in Atlanta, winning a bronze medal in 200 Butterfly. A nagging back injury led to a less than hoped for finish in Indianapolis at the 1996 Olympic Trials. Whitney’s perseverance led her to continue training through high school. Graduating from Towson High School in 1998, Whitney completed her career swimming at UNLV where she competed for the Running Rebels, setting a conference record and being named UNLV Rookie of the Year and Conference Freshman of the Year. Whitney married Bob Flickinger in 2005 and the couple have two children, Taylor and Connor. For her record setting swimming – several still standing Maryland records – being a member of two National Championship women’s teams, and representing the United States twice in international competition, Whitney Phelps Flickinger is inducted into the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame.