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Young swimmer overcomes adversity to become one of Florida's best

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She fought off adversity to become one of Florida's top high school swimmers. Carylyn Waite's amazing achievements are "What's Right With Tampa Bay."

"I’ve been swimming since I was 2 years old," she said.

Carylyn Waite's been in a pool most of her life. From age 7 to now 17, this former Tampa Prep star loves competition.

"Once she started swim lessons, she really took to the water. She loved it." Lynda McDermott, Carylyn's mom said.

Carylyn's passion is so great she swam her way into becoming one of the top 25 swimmers in Florida.

"It’s kind of overwhelming, I guess," Carylyn said. "I feel really blessed every day from where I come from, always look back on my story, wow, where I come."

Bill and Lynda Waite adopted Carylyn from China in 1996.

“She was abandoned at a train station when she was just over a year old, malnourished, and underdeveloped. She couldn't walk, couldn't even turn over on the floor because she had no lower body strength at all," Lynda said.

From a life of abandonment to one of achievement, Carylyn will soon go off to Assumption College in Massachusetts on a full athletic scholarship for new opportunities in and out of the pool.

"It is a big part of my life for sure and it really helped me grow as a person," she Carylyn.

Thanks to loving parents, Carylyn is on course for success.

Carylyn has volunteered hundreds of hours at Metropolitan Ministries at their thrift shop. She starts school this fall.


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