"When I got on the block, I just went for it," said Ky-lee Perry of Norwalk.
Sweet 16 and a national champion. Ky-lee Perry won the 50-meter women's freestyle at the YMCA National Swimming and Diving Championship last month in Indiana.
"It was like, wow I did it,"said Perry about her win. "I didn't think I could do it but I did."
The rising junior at Brien McMahon High School wasn't always a swimmer, trying her hand at basketball and softball before joining the Wilton Wahoos when she was 11.
"My mom thought it would be a good energy outlet for me. Help me get all my energy out when I was younger and focus on school work."
Five years later, Perry practices six,sometimes seven days a week and it paid off. She completed the 50-meter freestyle in 25.95 seconds to win the national title.
"It's nice to be on the Wahoos because you get to go to nationals and junior nationals and senior nationals and all these cool places to compete against great people."
And she says one day, she hopes to be an Olympian.
"Hopefully I make the Olympic trial cut and get to go there and come in either first or second."