WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- A teen swimmer from the Valley is set to represent the United States in an international swimming competition during Labor Day weekend.
Jessie Arnold is currently practicing at the Waynesboro YMCA, but in a couple of weeks, she will be traveling to Hungary to compete in international competition.
Although there's an ocean in between, Jessie is opting to save her energy and take a flight.
She's training for her 7.5k race as she'll be representing Team USA in the Junior World Open Water Championships hosted by international swimming organization FINA.
The Spotswood High School senior said she's excited, but also a little nervous because she's never been that far from home.
Because it's an open water competition she will be swimming in a lake, which presents challenges you don't see in a pool.
"The pool has lane lines and flags, so you know where you're going. But the open water has buoys you have to sight for, so you know where you're going. It's a lot more challenging because it's unexpected, what you may encounter with the other swimmers around you," said Jessie.
This isn't Jessie's first dip into international waters. She competed in a world championship two years ago.
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