George Washington's swim team holds its practices at the University of Charleston because there is no facility at the high school. The team shares the UC pool with other swim programs, including HYCAT.
"We have meets almost every Saturday," she said of the frequency of high school competitions.
Hemsworth has high hopes for her team. "Our goal is to win both the regional and state meets," she said.
From past years, she predicts Morgantown High School will be George Washington's girls' biggest rival. (Last year, Morgantown edged out GW by six points for the state girls' title.)
Hemsworth is an accomplished swimmer. "I hold two relay records at Windermere Pool," she said. "And I also have a few individual records."
Along with swimming, Hemsworth has kept busy with a few other sports. "I've played soccer, lacrosse and church basketball," she said.
Hemsworth plans to continue swimming for the rest of her high school years and possibly beyond.
"My goal is to swim through college, but it depends how I do in high school," she said.For more information on HYCAT swimming, visit www.hycat.org.