My name is Lainey Eckart and I am currently a Junior at Kamehameha Schools Hawaii on the Big Island of Hawaii. My competitive lifestyle began with biathlon races (Lava-Kids & Peaman) when I was 5 years old. This boosted my endurance and my love for competing from a young age. Before starting my wrestling career, I competed in Judo for 4 years. I was a 2x state champion as an orange belt and got invited to compete in the Fifth Annual Grassroots Judo National Championships at the Blaisdell Arena in Oahu. I started my Wrestling Career when I was 12 years old. I traveled to Maui where I competed in the State Championships and took 1st place. I then went up for my 7th and 8th-grade year and placed 2nd. I gained a lot of experience along with growing confidence in my moves and knowledge throughout my middle school years. Before entering high school, I got the chance to travel to Texas for the Brenner Wrestling Clinic and got to compete in the Power Beach Bash(sand wrestling) and placed 2nd. It was a great experience, and a new way to practice and compete in Wrestling. Entering my high school career, I started out strong and fell in love with the motions and drive for the sport. When I enter a match everything comes naturally. I have devoted my time and energy to practice flowrestling. I am now able to move smoothly and make my moves count when I see an opening. With only one loss during my freshman year, I obtained my first BIIF (Big Island Interscholastic Federation) title in the 127 weight class. Going up to the state tournament was the most challenging part for me. I needed to be prepared for people that I had never practiced against before. I ended up placing fourth, leaving me with more knowledge, moves, counters, and confidence. I recently traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, for the MWP Hurt Locker Tournament and showed spectators what I could bring to the table. I had four matches in folkstyle and earned 1st place. This summer, I have wrestling practice 2-4 times a week for 1-2 hours. I also train with the cross country team 2-3 times a week for 2 hours to keep my weight in check, and also improve endurance.