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Joshua Garber Commits to the University of Florida Gainesville

Garber 1Joshua Garber has committed to the University of Florida Gainesville. For Garber, the choice of UF was an easy one, "I have always been a huge Gators fan, especially when it came to sports such as swimming. Attending this University has always been a dream of mine." Garber continues,  "I love the weather here in Florida and coupled with UFs outstanding academic program it was a great fit for me".

The University of Florida has earned the prestigious accolade of second place on both Forbes "Best Value Public Colleges"and  Kiplinger’s “Best Values in Public Colleges” lists. Garber plans on pursuing an Engineering degree, with his sights set on an MBA. The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering at the University of Florida is one of the largest and most dynamic engineering programs in the nation and graduates of these programs are slated to be successful in their careers. The college produces inventions at twice the national average and startups at five times the national average.

Garber will graduate from Coral Glades High School on June 2, 2017 where he has served as the Captain of the Coral Glades Varsity Swim Team for the last two years. Garber is also the current Captain for their Water Polo Team.

He plans to continue pursuing his swimming career while attending college by swimming and playing water polo at the club level. He is excited about the opportunity to balance his education and recreation, "participating in these intramural sports will allow me to participate in my passions while taking on a huge academic workload".

Garber began swimming at the age of 4. At age 7 he joined Coral Springs Swim Club. He remembers, "being super slow as a little kid starting out, but with practice I saw my speed increase over the years". His hard work in practice led to further fond memories of exciting swim meets and acheiving new personal records. Garber also fondly recalls CSSC's sense of community. He remembers enjoying the Halloween parties, complete with a haunted house and "meeting new people which was super fun!".

When asked what he enjoys most about swimming, Garber replied, "I enjoy the competition. Being surrounded by such great swimmers has always inspired me to be greater and faster. Swimming allows me to be competitive". Garber 2

"CSSC has given be the opportunity to hone into my skills as a swimmer. Sometimes confidence was lacking and I am grateful to Coach Eddie and Coach Jessica in younger years. Their support and encouragement helped me overcome my obstacles in the pool. I am also thankful to have had Coach Dave in the past. His practices were not easy but he sure knows his stuff! Having him support me through the years has meant a lot. It has been an honor swimming for an elite club such as CSSC, they have taught me dedication and perseverance does pay off, both in and out of the pool."

 Apart from studies and swimming Garber has a passion for volunteering in helping animals. "I dedicate a lot of my time to volunteering for the Coral Springs Humane Unit and also lead a charitable  Swim-a-Thon event with my friends called "Kicking 4 Kanines". Together we raised over $800 to the Broward County Humane Society".  Garber also run a comedy YouTube channel called theJEGnetwork.

 

 

 

Bryce Pierce Commits to University of the Cumberlands

Bryce Pierce (18) verbally committed to the University of the Cumberlands, a liberal arts college located in Williamsburg, KY. pierceThis school houses more than 4,300 students, out of which 1800 are undergrads, enrolled in more than 40 academic programs. Founded in 1889, the University of the Cumberlands “encourages students to think critically and creatively so that they may better prepare themselves for lives of responsible service and leadership.” Pierce chose this school because he felt it offered all he was looking for: a small and challenging academic environment in combination with a strong swimming program.

Pierce had the opportunity to spend a couple of days on campus to share with the swim team members and coaching staff. “I felt a great sense of belonging,” he said. For Head Coach Eric Skelly, it was a similar experience. “Clearly fast swimmers are important to us, and Bryce’s times were right what we were looking for,” said Skelly, “but it was getting to know him better that made me feel sure this young man would be a great addition to our program. bryce freeHe is a successful athlete with great character,” he said. “We couldn’t be happier to have him next fall. For what I could appreciate during his visit, Bryce’s transition into our program will be smooth. He is a great fit for the Patriots.” The Patriots compete in Division I of the NAIA. Skelly highlighted that in the four years of his tenure, his “main goal has been, and continues to be, to keep the team’s performance among the top 5 in the Mid-South Conference and to contribute to the increase of retention and graduation rates” in his program.

Swimming wasn’t the only consideration for Pierce. “Something I really like about this school is the small size of its classes,” he said. According to the U.S. News and World Report, at this university more than 58% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. Pierce plans to major in Exercise and Sport Science. bryce fly“I would like to become a swim coach. I really like helping people get better in swimming,” he shared. Recently, CSSC National team swimmers went to Mullins Park Pool in Coral Springs to help young swimmers from the age group program in their swim practice. “I really enjoyed working with them and the experience made me see myself comfortably helping others master the sport.”

A homeschool student since first grade, Pierce started swimming at the Coral Springs Swim Club when he was about seven years old. “I started swimming when I was really young due to health reasons,” said Pierce who was born a preemie with lung problems. “Swimming has helped me be strong and healthy,” he added. Besides swimming, he also played football until he was twelve when he decided that though he enjoyed the game, he did not like pushing people. “I stuck with swimming then," he said. Pierce experienced “learning for the love of learning and not merely for the interest in a grade,” as he would put it. “Homeschooling has allowed me the flexibility to succeed at my sport and many other activities, but it’s not always easy to be homeschooled,” he added. “I did not like being stereotyped as ‘not-properly socialized’ because I did not go to traditional school,” he shared. “That wasn’t my experience. I participated in many group and community activities that gave me a very balanced academic, athletic and social life.” Pierce is a lifer at Boy Scout Troop 336 through which, this last year, he helped design and execute a community project to replace the floors and renovate the facility at the Caring Kitchen, a hot meal program of the CROS Ministries in Delray Beach, that services the local homeless population. “I made a promise to them that the project would get done, and I was happy to be a part of it,” said Pierce proudly.

bryceAt the Coral Springs Swim Club, Bryce Pierce is a 3-time recipient of Coach’s Award. Such recognitions are presented annually at the CSSC Banquet. He received his first award in 2011 when he swam in Blue group (age-group program). Later on, he was awarded two years in a row (2013 and 2014) as part of the Senior I group. Today, Pierce is a member of the National team at CSSC.

Pierce had a very successful high school season last fall. “I had a great time and it was, in some ways, bitter sweet,” he said. “I’m glad that I was able to finish with a bang.” He qualified for States in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly and he finished the season with best times (1:42.89 and 51.52, respectively). “I particularly enjoyed swimming the relays,” said Pierce, “Our humble team was made up by two seniors, one junior and one 7th grader. We all did our best and supported each other.” He represented the South Florida Heat, the homeschool swim team. To read details about his States performance, click here.

For Bryce Pierce, the upcoming weeks will be filled with the mixture of excitement and nervousness. He’ll graduate on May 24 at the statewide homeschool graduation organized by the Florida Parent Education Association in Orlando. He plans to swim double practices through the summer at CSSC to pursue best times in long course, while he selects classes, makes dorm accommodations, and packs his bags.

Pierce will attend University of the Cumberlands on an athletic and an academic scholarship. Pierce credits his success to hard work, to the support of his parents and brother, and to the constancy of his swimming friends. “I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them.”

Lindsey Sauer Commits to Asbury University

After months of applications and tours, Lindsey Sauer (17) verbally committed to Asbury University, a Christian liberal arts school located in Wilmore, KY. The U.S. News and World Report ranked Asbury University first among Regional Colleges in the South. This school is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.lindsey sauer

Sauer, a homeschool student since 8th grade and a long time swimmer for the Coral Springs Swim Club (CSSC), is very excited to move into this new stage in her life. “The college selection process can be stressful at the beginning when you are figuring out what you want,” said Sauer. “But as you narrow it down, it becomes a lot easier.” Sauer is planning to major in Exercise Science. Her goal was to find a small college where she could enjoy an intimate campus life, develop academically in her field of interest and continue a successful swimming career. For Sauer, her faith was also a deciding factor. “It’s very important for me to have a balanced lifestyle where my spiritual, athletic and intellectual needs are met. I feel sure this is what God wants for me.”

Asbury was the perfect choice for Sauer. “When I visited, I felt that Asbury could be my home away from home. I know that my college experience will help me grow and learn to live on my own. I can’t wait,” shared Sauer with excitement. She plans to balance out her major with two minors: Creative Writing/Journalism and Nutrition. “I will like to develop into a high level swim coach or personal trainer, but I also would like to have the background to explore sports writing in the future,” she added.

Asbury University competes in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics), an athletic association that oversees college and university-level sport programs for smaller institutions. Come the fall, Sauer will be swimming for The Eagles under the guidance of Coach Alex Keyser. eagles“Lindsey is an awesome girl,” said Coach Keyser. “We are very happy that she has chosen to swim for us. She will make a great impact in our team,” he added. The 2015-2016 season will be Coach Keyser’s fifth season as head of the Men’s and Women’s swimming team at Asbury. Being a graduate of Asbury University himself, Coach Keyser is very eager to continue to take the Eagles to NAIA National Championships and he believes Sauer will be instrumental to the team’s future success. “I believe Lindsey has great chances to establish new school records in the mid-distance free and sprint butterfly races,” said Coach Keyser, who defines himself as an “encourager.” “I want to motivate my swimmers be successful in the classroom, in the pool and in life. I want to help them develop skills to overcome adversity.” For Lindsey Sauer swimming is an integral part of her life. “I want to be a strong contributor to the success of my team.” Asbury University offered Sauer both athletic and academic scholarships.lindse sauer freestyle

Sauer feels ready to tackle the challenges ahead. “As a homeschooler, I have learned to manage my time and my priorities,” she said. “I have learned to control distractions in order to get things done, and I know these skills will serve me well to succeed in college.” She chose Asbury for the great balance it offered her, for its location and for the feeling of belonging she experienced while touring. She visited the first time on her own, and on a second trip she took delight and felt proud to show the place around to her family. “I knew then that Asbury was the place for me. I felt as if I was already a student there.” Sauer is also looking forward to experiencing winter and the change of seasons in Kentucky.

Lindsey Sauer will graduate in Orlando on May 24 in a statewide homeschool graduation ceremony organized by the Florida Parents Educators Association (FPEA). She will officially sign with Asbury University at the beginning of summer and plans to move to Wilmore the weekend of August 8.

Swimming since elementary school, Sauer feels sure that the sport will always be a big part of her life. “It has helped me grow in so many ways,” she said offering a smile. “My swimming coaches and friends have been very supportive throughout the years.”

As she gets ready to wrap up her last high school academic commitments, Lindsey Sauer is excited. “Not everything is set in stone but I have a pretty good idea of what I want and what I want to do. Going into college is just a start.” She will swim at CSSC though the summer, making memories to take with her in the fall.

Sauer’s top events are the 200-yard free (1:58.41) and 100-yard butterfly (1:00.03). She achieved her best time in the 200 free at Regionals last November. To read more about Lindsey Sauer’s last high school swimming season, click HERE.

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