With her towering 6' height and collection of state titles in swimming, Lexie Malazdrewicz can seem a little intimidating. But, as soon as you talk to her, you realize there is nothing scary about this soon-to-be senior at Evergreen High School. While Lexie shows no mercy in the swimming pool, her gentle and fun-loving personality outside of the pool makes her impossible not to like.
After moving around seven times as a kid, Lexie finally ended up in Evergreen at the end of 3rd grade. Throughout the moves, Lexie and her family maintained their love of fitness. “We’re all really into sports and staying fit and healthy,” Lexie says of her family. Her parents and her brother, Kyle, were all golfers, but that wasn’t Lexie’s thing.
She had previously been a summer club swimmer and enjoyed the water so much that she decided to try her hand at competitive swimming once in Evergreen, joining the Evergreen Hurricanes. Lexie says that when she began swimming competitively, she was focusing on her soccer playing, planning on only swimming in the summers for fun. “But turns out,” she says. “I absolutely loved it.”
That’s when Lexie decided to take on swimming year-round. From that point on, she stunned everyone. Throughout her high school swimming career, Lexie has won five individual state titles in races like the 200-meter and 500-meter freestyle. She holds several state records and was named the 2011-2012 Canyon Courier Athlete of the Year. Her most recent accomplishment? Making it to the Olympic Trials in Omaha.
Lexie raced against American favorite, Missy Franklin, in the 200-meter backstroke. “The Trials were amazing, something I will never ever forget,” she says. Lexie smashed her own personal record, finishing twelfth overall in the event. While it wasn’t enough to take her to the Olympics, it was certainly enough to put her on the radar. But for Lexie, it was all about the experience. “I just took every single moment in and just enjoyed it all.”
When Lexie’s not in the pool (which isn’t often), she’s hanging out with her friends, spending time outdoors, and volunteering at Red Rocks Church with Kids Rock, a kid’s program within the church that teaches religion in a fun and exciting way. She says she enjoys all the great activities we have to offer here in Evergreen.
Maybe in Brazil in 2016, we’ll be seeing Lexie take home a few Olympic medals of her own. But for now, she’s enjoying swimming on the EHS team and preparing to take on her last year of high school. So keep an eye out for Lexie Malazdrewicz in the future. You’ll recognize her for the last name that will barely fit on the scoreboard and the personality that will steal your heart.