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Alix Makes a Splash

Updated: Friday, February 21 2014, 01:55 PM CST

It's cold...especially for a Texan. It's early...especially for a teenager. But McNeil High School sophomore Alix Gavin does not need ideal conditions to perform.

"Excuses are really not part of her vocabulary," exclaims McNeil head swimming and diving coach Johnny Foss.

"She'll be the one that will be swimming 100 percent every time," said Kate Shomper, a junior on the McNeil swim team.

Alix does not want to hear your excuses. For the early part of her life, she couldn't hear anything.

"I wasn't turning my head at every loud noise so [my mother] wanted to get it checked out," Gavin explained. "She did, and I was 100 percent deaf."

Because her inner ear is not formed correctly, Gavin was born with severe and profound hearing loss.

"There's nothing I can do to change it," Alix admits.

When she was five, Alix received her first electronic implant. Her second came at the age of 10. With both implants on, Gavin still hears less than 40 percent of all sound. But the device is not waterproof.

So in the pool, Alix hears nothing.

But she sure makes a lot of noise.

After competing in the 2013 summer Deaflympics - last month, Gavin represented Team USA in the Deaf International Swimming Championships. At the event, Alix won six medals and was voted Youth Swimmer of the Meet.

"Deafness does not need to hold me back." Alix said. "I want to be an inspiration to all those other deaf people think they cannot do what they really like to do."

"She's just that example," admitted Coach Foss. "Whatever you have going on in your life: whine a little less, work a little harder. She's just a good example for the rest of us."

Even when it's not cold, or not early, training can me monotonous

"We swim all the time," explained Shomper. "Swimming is the same. You look at the bottom of the pool."

But even when the McNeil Mavericks are looking down in the water, they've got someone to look-up to in the next lane.

by Adam Winkler
Alix Makes a Splash


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Scores & Schedules

November 24, 2014 08:09 GMT

NFL

Thursday's Game

Oakland 24, Kansas City 20

Sunday's Games

Green Bay 24, Minnesota 21

Cincinnati 22, Houston 13

Chicago 21, Tampa Bay 13

Cleveland 26, Atlanta 24

Philadelphia 43, Tennessee 24

New England 34, Detroit 9

Indianapolis 23, Jacksonville 3

N.Y. Jets at Buffalo, ppd., snow

Seattle 19, Arizona 3

San Diego 27, St. Louis 24

San Francisco 17, Washington 13

Denver 39, Miami 36

Dallas 31, N.Y. Giants 28

Open: Carolina, Pittsburgh

Monday's Games

N.Y. Jets vs. Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Baltimore at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m.

NBA

Sunday's Games

Memphis 107, L.A. Clippers 91

Miami 94, Charlotte 93

Portland 94, Boston 88

Golden State 91, Oklahoma City 86

Denver 101, L.A. Lakers 94, OT

Monday's Games

Portland at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Orlando at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Phoenix at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

New York at Houston, 8 p.m.

Indiana at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Chicago at Utah, 9 p.m.

NHL

Sunday's Games

St. Louis 4, Winnipeg 2

N.Y. Rangers 5, Montreal 0

Anaheim 2, Arizona 1

Vancouver 4, Chicago 1

Monday's Games

Pittsburgh at Boston, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Ottawa at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

MLS

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP Eastern Conference New England vs. New York

Leg 1 -- Sunday, Nov. 23: New England 2, New York 1

Leg 2 -- Saturday, Nov. 29: New York at New England, 3 p.m.

Western Conference LA Galaxy vs. Seattle

Leg 1 -- Sunday, Nov. 23: LA Galaxy 1, Seattle 0

Leg 2 -- Sunday, Nov. 30: LA Galaxy at Seattle, 9 p.m.

MLS CUP

Sunday, Dec. 7: New England-New York winner at LA Galaxy-Seattle winner, 3 p.m.

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