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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

September 05, 2015 07:12 GMT

AM Prep-Scores and Skeds

MLB

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Friday's Games

N.Y. Yankees 5, Tampa Bay 2

Baltimore 10, Toronto 2

Cleveland 8, Detroit 1

Boston 7, Philadelphia 5

Chicago White Sox 12, Kansas City 1

Houston 8, Minnesota 0

Seattle 11, Oakland 8

L.A. Angels 5, Texas 2

Saturday's Games

Tampa Bay (M.Moore 1-3) at N.Y. Yankees (Eovaldi 14-2), 1:05 p.m.

Baltimore (M.Wright 2-3) at Toronto (Price 13-5), 1:07 p.m.

Philadelphia (Asher 0-1) at Boston (Miley 10-10), 4:05 p.m.

Cleveland (Salazar 12-7) at Detroit (Simon 11-9), 7:08 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (Quintana 7-10) at Kansas City (D.Duffy 7-6), 7:10 p.m.

Minnesota (E.Santana 3-4) at Houston (McCullers 5-5), 7:10 p.m.

Seattle (F.Hernandez 15-8) at Oakland (Chavez 7-13), 9:05 p.m.

Texas (D.Holland 2-1) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 6-10), 9:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Friday's Games

Chicago Cubs 14, Arizona 5

Washington 5, Atlanta 2, 10 innings

Miami 6, N.Y. Mets 5, 11 innings

Boston 7, Philadelphia 5

Pittsburgh 9, St. Louis 3

Colorado 2, San Francisco 1

L.A. Dodgers 8, San Diego 4

Milwaukee at Cincinnati, ppd., rain

Saturday's Games

Milwaukee (W.Peralta 5-8) at Cincinnati (Jo.Lamb 0-3), 1:10 p.m., 1st game

Arizona (Ray 3-10) at Chicago Cubs (Arrieta 17-6), 2:20 p.m.

Philadelphia (Asher 0-1) at Boston (Miley 10-10), 4:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh (Morton 8-6) at St. Louis (Jai.Garcia 7-4), 4:05 p.m.

Milwaukee (Garza 6-14) at Cincinnati (Sampson 2-2), 6:10 p.m., 2nd game

Atlanta (S.Miller 5-12) at Washington (G.Gonzalez 9-7), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets (B.Colon 12-11) at Miami (B.Hand 4-4), 7:10 p.m.

San Francisco (Peavy 4-6) at Colorado (Bettis 6-4), 8:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (A.Wood 9-9) at San Diego (T.Ross 10-9), 8:40 p.m.

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Friday's Games

( 4) Baylor 56, Southern Methodist 21

( 5) Michigan State 37, Western Michigan 24

(23) Boise State 16 Washington 13

Saturday's Games

( 3) Alabama vs. (20) Wisconsin at Arlington, Texas, 8 p.m.

( 6) Auburn vs. Louisville at Atlanta, 3:30 p.m.

( 7) Oregon vs. Eastern Washington, 8 p.m.

( 8) Southern Cal vs. Arkansas State, 11 p.m.

( 9) Georgia vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Noon

(10) Florida State vs. Texas State, 8 p.m.

(11) Notre Dame vs. Texas, 7:30 p.m.

(12) Clemson vs. Wofford, 12:30 p.m.

(13) UCLA vs. Virginia, 3:30 p.m.

(14) LSU vs. McNeese State, 7:30 p.m.

(15) Arizona State vs. Texas A&M at Houston, 7 p.m.

(17) Mississippi vs. UT-Martin, Noon

(18) Arkansas vs. UTEP, 3:30 p.m.

(19) Oklahoma vs. Akron, 7 p.m.

(21) Stanford at Northwestern, Noon

(24) Missouri vs. Southeast Missouri, 4 p.m.

(25) Tennessee vs. Bowling Green at Nashville, Tenn., 4 p.m.

WNBA

Friday's Games

Connecticut 73, San Antonio 72

Minnesota 81, Indiana 65

Saturday's Games

Phoenix at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

MLS

Friday

No Games Scheduled

Saturday's Games

Orlando City at New England, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at Montreal, 8 p.m.

Toronto FC at Seattle, 10 p.m.

Philadelphia at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

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