7News had the chance to speak with Mia Sunseri, a local middle school student who is a small fish in a big pond when it comes to the swimming competitions she is competing in, and she’s still beating some of her bigger competitors.
Her teachers describe by her teachers as fun-loving, humble, and sweet 8th grade student at Triadelphia Middle School.
At just 14 years old she just took on college competitors at a national swimming meet, she still managed to place in the top 15.
At just 6-years-old, Mia Sunseri says she started swimming for fun.
At 8 or 9, she started swimming competitively at the Wheeling YMCA.
At 13, Mia placed 14th in the 200 meter breast stroke at the YMCA long course Nationals in Indianapolis.
“The entire summer I trained for it, it was just a lot of hard work, a lot of dedication, and it all paid off,” said Mia Sunseri.
Mia was one of 87 competitors to even qualify for the event, most of which were high school athletes pursuing college level swimming.
“It was really exciting, especially for how young she is and the disparity in age, it was thrilling, it was exciting, there are a number of adjectives that I could use but it was for her to just make it and then perform as well as she did it was really exciting,” said Tony Sunseri.
Her Mom, Dad, and sister Ava are her constant cheerleading squad, but her Dad isn’t only her supporter, he’s her coach and swimming inspiration.
“It’s great to see her involved I think that she’s developed a lot of life lessons a lot of great experiences made some great friendships and it’s a great sport for a number of reasons,” said Tony Sunseri.
She said those long hours in the pool have taught her a lot.
“It mostly taught me time management to just manage my time between school and homework and going to swim practice after words and just getting everything done,” said Mia Sunseri.
After watching this year’s Summer Olympics Mia said her goal is to shoot for the stars.
“In 4 years, I really want to make it to the Olympic trials in Omaha, just yeah, I really want to make it there,” said Mia Sunseri.