Athlete of the Week Jennifer Malocha

Sport: Swimming

Grade: 11

Events: 100m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle, 100 Butterfly

Expectations: "As a swimmer, I feel that everyone’s expectation is to improve their times, which is the most important thing," Malocha said. "But as a team, we came in knowing that we have a lot of good swimmers, especially club swimmers. The incoming freshman help to advance the team. I think that all together we are trying to work together and accomplish receiving our league title again."

What She Likes Most About Swimming: “I am able to be with the people that I go to school with," Malocha said. "They are my friends and we have such a strong bond and we are able to work together. Especially during relays, there is such a high team spirit that makes you want to swim faster and represent your school.”

Best Swimming Memory: “Freshman year when I made states and we broke a school record for the 200m Freestyle relay involving Danny Freeman and Emma Wentland,” Malocha said.

Proudest Moment in the Pool: Malocha was able to be a starter as a freshman when PV won its 8th year of leagues, and that was a big deal for her.

PV junior Jen Malocha in the pool during a swim meet.

Funniest Moment: When she suffered an asthma attack after winning leagues for the first time.

Best Thing About PV: “The people and [the feeling] that everyone is supporting you," Malocha said. "I feel like there is a lot of school spirit and everyone is proud to be an Indian and I feel like that is something that is really important in a school. This makes me proud of who I am and [makes me] work harder as a person.

Favorite Actor/Actress: Dylan O’ Brien

Favorite Movie: Moana

Favorite Song: "Better Now," by Post Malone

Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Doherty

Favorite Food: Chicken wings

Favorite Season: Summer

Favorite TV Show: "Grey's Anatomy"

Favorite Pro Athlete: Missy Franklin

Favorite Animal: Kangaroo

Malocha turns her head to take a breath.

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cookies and cream

One Superpower: The ability to motivate people

What She Does In Her Free Time: She plays lacrosse and runs.

One Thing People May Not Know: She can juggle.

Role Model: “My father because he has always motivated me to not be afraid and to push through, and that no matter what happens to always be proud of yourself,” Malocha said.

Future Plans: She is undecided as of now but is open to the idea of swimming in college.

Dream Vacation Spot: Bora Bora