ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — At Patrick Henry High School, a senior swimmer is leading her team, and her younger sister, in more ways than one.

“I feel like I compete for my team than I do for myself,” Emma Seidel said. “Because I want us to win as a team. I don’t really care about how I do.”

Seidel knows how to make a splash in the pool with her selflessness and team spirit.

“I really just want to include everyone and just have fun and make sure everyone else is having fun around me because I always do best when I’m having fun and I’m cheering on my teammates so I try to get everyone involved,” Seidel said.

Her best has been enough to qualify her at several state finals in her career. But it hasn’t always been easy for the Patrick Henry swim captain.

“I was so scared as a freshman. It was so intimidating,” Seidel said. “My freshman year, I was kinda like, I sat by myself, I wasn’t very outgoing. But as I’ve gotten older, I realize I have to be outgoing cuz then I do better. Cuz then I have more people cheering for me.”

Now Seidel is the one cheering for others, including her younger sister Brinna, a freshman on the Patriots swim team.

“I drive her home from school every day and we talk. We pick on each other a lot. it’s been really really fun,” Seidel said.

And her biggest legacy might be being the role model her little sister deserves.

“I struggle a lot with believing myself so I always try to get her to believe in herself because I don’t want her to ever be like ‘I can’t do this.’ or ‘I don’t wanna do this.’ I want her to feel motivated like she can do whatever she wants to do,” Seidel said.

And while Seidel wants to swim faster than ever before in her final year in high school.

Seidel said: “I want people to remember me for who I am as a person and not necessarily my times.”