Sterling, VA (December 7, 2014) – Potomac Falls High School senior Justing Touve signed a national letter of intent to swim for Fairfield University beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.
“I had an official visit to Fairfield in October. After returning home I talked to my parents and coach, and it wasn’t long before I knew I wanted to go there. I was looking for a small school that offered engineering, and I really liked the surrounding area,” said Touve. “They have a new head coach who the kids all really like and she’s very enthusiastic about the program. I also wanted to go to a program where I would be able to compete and help the team right away.”
“I enjoyed traveling to the different schools to look at their campuses and meet their coaches, but it feels really good to have made a decision. I don’t have to worry about the recruiting process and can focus on my classes and senior year.”
Fairfield University’s new coach Justin spoke of is Janelle Atkinson-Wignall. She swam for the Jamacian Olympic team in the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympics. She was also the head coach for the Jamaican National Team at the 2009 Swimming World Championships.
Touve has been an All-Loudoun selection each of his three high school years and was the school’s MVP his junior year. At the 2014 VHSL 5A state championships, he finished 3rd in the 100 freestyle, and was part of the 4×100 freestyle relay team that set a new school record with a 4th place finish. He is a two-time 1oo-freestyle conference champion and 2014 conference champion in the 50-freestyle. He currently swims for the Nation’s Capital Swim Club under coach John Flanagan.
“I would like to thank my parents for both pushing me and allowing me to swim year round. I am also thankful for the coaches I have had throughout my swimming career (Coach Dierdre, Coach John, Coach Robbie, and Coach Marylin). To all those with a dream, said Touve, “things may get tough, but don’t give up. Sometimes you might not think you are making progress, but eventually you will make it if you just stick with it”.
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Written by Aaron Wyche