Flanagan swims 100,000 laps at fitness center, promotes health benefits

FAMILIAR SETTING — Avid swimmer Kay Flanagan works out daily at the Boone County Fitness Center swimming pool.

By Gabby Christensen
Albion native Kay Flanagan enjoys starting each day out with a swim at the Boone County Fitness Center.
She loves the feeling of moving through the water and uses the time to sort through her thoughts and review tasks for the upcoming day.
Recently, Flanagan has hit a substantial mark—100,000 laps at the fitness center.
The saga began 15 years ago when Flanagan had a total hip replacement. After hearing from her doctor that she needed to cut back on walking, she decided to take up swimming.
“Fourteen years ago, someone at the fitness center said to me one morning, ‘I bet you can’t swim 300 laps in the month of June,’” Flanagan said. “So, I started swimming and recording my laps and haven’t stopped.”
A daughter of Jack and Marion Kunzman, Flanagan was born and raised in Albion. She is married to Joe Flanagan and together they have four children and four grandchildren.
Flanagan, who has been teaching since the fall of 1982, became the special education director at Boone Central Schools in the fall of 2012.
Over the past few years, Flanagan has also taught elementary reading groups, middle school intervention groups, and this year she is the seventh grade English teacher.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with grandchildren, playing computer games, reading, taking walks and—of course— swimming.
Flanagan tries to swim five days a week.
Sometimes, she said she even tries to convince others to swim with her.

Read the complete story in the Oct. 10 Albion News & Petersburg Press, Print and E-Editions.