Senior athletes commit to college teams

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Committed seniors represent their schools in the Roberts Gym. Students pictured from left to right: Robert Percival, Michael Landau, Madelyn Buske, Stephen Cooper, Sophia Howell, Kreighton Bluette, Libby Placke, Grace Hartwig, Madeline Collier, Cecilia “Quinn” Tegenkamp, Brett Krueger and Jon Campbell. Photo from Jerry Collins

Elise Wilke-Grimm
News / Opinion Editor

Seniors anticipating playing sports at their future college will sometimes make a commitment to that school.

These seniors have had special interest shown towards them by the coaches of their chosen schools.

About 17 seniors have currently committed to playing their sports at their chosen colleges. The students were congratulated for their commitments to these schools recently.

Senior Madeline Collier has been swimming for 10 years. After falling in love with the sport in kindergarten she has been in the water ever since.

Collier committed to swimming at DePauw where she anticipates studying either Economics or Communication. Due to swimming being a huge part of Collier’s life since she was in kindergarten she is excited to continue with it in college.

“When I met with the team, they were so welcoming, loving, and it really reminded me of being on the high school team here at Webster. I also loved the coaches approach to practices, meets, and just being an amazing teammate,” Collier said.

Seniors who’ve been members of a team for a long time generally become adapted to having that “support system.”

This is also shown with senior Brett Krueger who has been running track since freshman year.

“I finally felt like I was welcome on a team and my hard work paid off in my athletic performance… Like all sports there are good and bad experiences within it, but after high school I realized I wanted to find a new program that would be the perfect place for me for the next four years,” Krueger said.

After four years of utter dedication to a sport it becomes a big part of life, this is why Krueger is looking forward to continuing his passion about his love for running and to his commitment to XC/Track at Rhodes College.

Senior Robbie Percival also agreed that the dedication and hard work put into training is very important.

Percival has been playing sports since he was around four years old. He ultimately decided soccer was what he wanted to play, since it is what he excelled in. He likes how he can devote his attention specifically to soccer when he is on the field and “cut out” all of the stress that happens within daily life.

Though Percival does look forward to continuing with playing soccer throughout college, he has not decided his major yet and wishes to focus on more than just playing soccer. He anticipates deciding as time goes on and as he adapts to the environment of Webster University.

“I want it to be a big part of my college experience but I don’t want it to drown out other important experiences that happen in college,” Percival said.

Senior Cecilia Quinn Tegenkamp also said that her sport, lacrosse, was a part of her decision when committing to Depauw University, but she made her ultimate decision when choosing her school because of the “amazing campus programs and the individual attention it gives to the students.”

“I’ve been playing sports in general since I was about three when I started playing soccer, and started lacrosse when I was 10. I love the organization of lacrosse and the control it gives players with ball movement. It’s such a unique sport and takes so much precision and practice, but is so much fun once the basics are mastered,” Tegankamp said.

Elise Wilke-Grimm – News/Opinion Editor

This is news and opinion editor Elise Wilke-Grimm’s second year on ECHO staff. She is excited to continue working on the ECHO and get lots of chances to write.

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