Lauren Lubus, 14, began her swimming career at age 7. From an early age, she was a very talented all-around athlete, excelling in soccer and basketball as well as swimming.
At the age of 12, Lauren started showing a great talent for butterfly. She broke the Ozark 11-12 girls record in the 50 yard and 100 yard fly with top 16 times of 27.40 and 59.77, respectively.
She made her first junior cut in the 200 fly when she was 13. At last summer’s Southeast Junior Championships in New Orleans, LA, she finished 10th in the 100m fly (1:04.84) and 18th in the 200m fly (2:21.71).
Lauren had a great 1997-98 short course season, culminating at the Southeast Junior Championships in Charlotte, NC. She qualified in 4 events and won both the 100 and 200 yard fly. Her 100 time (56.36) qualified her for seniors and her 200 fly time (2:01.05) set new Southeast Junior Championship, Ozark Association and team records, as well as being the fastest time swum at any of the 3 regional junior meets. She also helped Rockwood’s 800 free relay to a second place finish; Rockwood came in third at juniors in the girl’s team competition.