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Home arrow Sports arrow SWIMMERS PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE

SWIMMERS PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Brenton Dowdy, Owen Kenton, Matt Hibbert ().
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Brenton Dowdy, Owen Kenton, Matt Hibbert ().

By Raenelle Kwock

Observer Staff Writer

College can be described as diving into a new adventure. Three seniors from the La Grande boys' three-time state champion swim team are at various stages in selecting a college.

Brenton Dowdy signed a letter of intent to swim for the University of Washington. Owen Kenton is waiting to hear from a third college before making a decision. Matt Hibbert is looking at colleges.

Dowdy looked at Indiana and Hawaii before deciding on Washington.

The biggest thing was the distance traveling home. He said he did not want to fly back home.

Washington is "closer around here" and it has a good swim program, Dowdy said.

The men's swim team is ranked 13th.

"Everyone on the team is really nice," he said.

The engineering and medicine programs also attracted Dowdy.

"Washington has good choices for those," he said.

Dowdy said he is excited about Washington.

"It is nice before the season starts" to have made a decision, he said.

He will probably specialize in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly.

Kenton has been accepted to Alfred University in New York and Tulane University in New Orleans. He is waiting to hear from Washington University in St. Louis before making a decision.

Alfred and Washington University offer Division III swim programs. Tulane does not have a swim program.

Kenton is interested in pursuing biomedical engineering. All three schools offer these programs.

"I always wanted to travel more," he said about venturing out of the Northwest.

He said he is planning on coming home twice a year.

"I want to explore for awhile," he said.

Kenton said he would probably swim the individual medley and breaststroke at Alfred and is unsure about Washington University.

He chose the schools for academics and a "bonus" of a swim program.

Kenton said he is "leaning" to these schools because of the swim programs.

"There is still no decision yet," Hibbert said.

Hibbert has been looking, but there are no colleges out there catching his eye at the moment.

 
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