If you know Felicia Lee well, you most likely call her "Flee."
It's not a knock on her diminutive stature or spunky personality. It's simply a nickname she's had since she was a young swimmer in New Jersey before relocating to train at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club (NBAC) as a precocious 13-year-old even though her NBAC coaches might like to take credit for it.
"It started way back when I was still swimming with the Montclair YMCA Dolphins," Lee said. "But when I moved to Maryland to swim with NBAC, I never told anyone about the nickname; Paul Yetter just kind of independently started calling me Flee. Since then it's really stuck.
"I remember back in the day at one Pro Swim Series meet, the announcer actually introduced me as 'Flee' behind the blocks instead of my full name. And in relation to my size, I guess I've never really thought about it. But that does kind of make sense, doesn't it?"
What also makes sense is Lee's continued position as one of the United States' best butterfly swimmers.
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