Photography by Lizzy Nicole Photography
This All-American swimmer was named an Olympic Trial Swimming Quialifier in 2012, a member of the Birmingham Belles, Homewood High's SGA President, and maintains a 3.9 GPA.
17, Senior at Homewood High School, Birmingham, Alabama
Executive President of SGA
“My second grade teacher, Polly Hatfield, told me I had
perseverance. I have always thought back on this at difficult times and remembered that I have to persevere.”
Genny has been swimming competitively for about 10 years now. Her swimming career hasn’t always been easy. She was faced with extreme health challenges. But she didn’t use them as excuses to quit. “They have inspired me to always continue on and know that I can do anything once I commit to the goal.” Genny has earned several honors as a swimmer including the Olympic Trial Swimming Qualifier in 2012, and she’s been a four-time State Champion in the 10-meter backstroke, an All-American swimmer since 2010, as well as a Scholastic All-American swimmer. She also teaches swim lessons and is a swim coach in the summer.
Swimming, Studying and More
In addition to spending hours swimming every week, Genny is heavily involved in other extracurricular activities like Peer Helpers, SGA, Birmingham Belles and Church Lector. She’s also a Birmingham Magazine “Super Student,” a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. To top it all off, she also received the Homewood Chamber of Commerce Award as the outstanding student of Homewood Middle School. Genny plans to swim in college at a Division 1 school and major in exercise science and become a nurse.
PG (Parental Guidance) Rating
Genny believes her parents are her No. 1 fans. “It’s very time consuming, and they’re always supporting and motivating me. When I was younger, they’d always get me to practice. Even if I was upset, they didn’t let me give up on my goal.”
John and Liz Pittman admire their daughter Genny’s dedication, John commenting on her maturity and Liz admiring “her willingness to be prepared and strive to be the best she can.”
Genny has an incredible work ethic. She swims about nine times a week before and after school and does 5 a.m. morning laps and workouts. Her school counselor, Alison Hill said, “Genny is an avid swimmer. Her dedication is admirable, and her commitment to her schedule and time management is outstanding.”
Liz believes parents should let their children learn from their own mistakes. John added that parents should “open doors and provide core values” like his parents have done for him. He added, “The rest, they will develop.”