Ashburn, VA (January 17, 2015) – Stone Bridge High School senior Jordan Trent has committed to swim at Wingate University beginning in the 2015 – 2016 academic school year.
“I chose Wingate upon returning from a 3-day recruiting trip back in September, said Trent. I stayed with a members of the swim team, participated in their weekend events, observed their practices, and was able to meet their entire team. I really felt at home. I also really liked how the swim team stayed together as friends, even outside of swim practice.”
Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private institution located in the suburban landscape of Wingate, North Carolina. It has a total undergraduate enrollment exceeding 2,000 students, and was recently ranked 43rd in the 2015 edition of Best Colleges in the Regional Universities South category.
In searching for colleges, factors in Trent’s decision were that she wanted to go to a college in the D2 swim category that also met her academic interest in Public Relations and Broadcast Journalism. Additionally, the college had to be within driving distance to home. “I liked the feel of Wingate and this feeling was exemplified by the athlete who gave the Wingate tour.” Said Trent, “The athlete did a great job sharing all the attributes of the school, explaining how its size helps you to know most everyone on campus and therefore it made this school my favorite school we visited. I liked the layout and beauty of the campus and how friendly everyone was while we were there.”
“I had a positive recruiting experience and feel very confident that I made a good decision, said Trent. At times the process can be stressful because there are only so many available slots on the team that will open and you want to be selected for one of them.” Trent also shared how a lot of time was spent communicating with coaches and checking the application process.
Trent’s swim coach will be Kirk Sanocki, who has guided the Wingate University Bulldog men and women to national prominence amongst NCAA Division II schools. The Bulldogs swim team, commonly referred to as the Aqua Dogs, are members of the Blue Ridge Swimming League. Most of their yearly competitions take place in the Greater Charlotte, NC region as a means to create a team unity atmosphere. “My first year athletic goal is to make the competition team, said Trent. Not all swimmers are taken to swim meets so I hope to be able to swim well enough to compete as a first year.” Trent’s academic goal is to keep her grades up because she knows that swim practices are long each day and are very demanding. Trent’s strongest strokes are butterfly and freestyle; the result of being on swim teams since the young age of 4 and swimming on year-round team since 3rd grade.
Jordan has many fond memories of swimming in high school. She has coached swimming and taught swim lessons. “I’ve found found so much enjoyment in working with the 6 and under age group. I love helping the ‘little ones’ learn a new stroke or improve their strokes. I really loves when they come up to me at swim meets and express so much joy in telling me when their times have improved.”
Trent has a lot to be thankful along the way! “I am thankful for Kelly Superak, my parents, my brother and my sisters (all swimmers too), and friends that have supported me along this journey. It has always been a family affair growing up!”
Jordan’s advice to others in pursuing their dream is to remain determined when fighting for a goal. “There are days when you have so much homework, seem to get little sleep, and you want to let up. However, determination is a must in pursuing your dream. Always believe in yourself, trust your abilities and do your best!”
Please join me in congratulating Jordan on her commitment to Wingate University.
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