Kynlee Files, a 15-year-old swimmer from Warren, made a big splash this week at the AAU Junior Olympics in Ann Arbor, Mich. where she medaled in seven events and received the Joe Ferrell Award, a national title awarded to the outstanding female and male swimmer of the year.
Files and a male swimmer from Hawaii were nominated and selected for the esteemed award based on their performance, sportsmanship and character.
Competing in the girls 15-18 age bracket, Files also received seven medals including a silver in the 1500 meter (one mile) freestyle. She finished with a time of 21:49.35.
She also medaled in several relays, the 200 meter butterfly, and the 200 meter breaststroke.
Files began swimming on the Monticello Marlins Swim Team when she was eight. Two years later, when her family moved to Warren, she swam for the Warren Waves for a year then began training as a year-round swimmer with the El Dorado Hurricanes under Coach Farrin Cain.
Files, who is homeschooled, keeps a rigorous schedule between school and swimming but also enjoys horseback riding, hiking and singing. She is the daughter of TJ and Brandy Files, of Warren.