In light of two Stingray Swim Club members announcing their intentions to join the NCAA ranks, 18-year old Kenneth Glidden and 17-year old Sarah Jackson, Head Coach David Pursley says the hard work of Cayman’s swimmers is paying off.
“For Cayman swimming in total, we have seven swimmers in college. That’s massive. That’s big progress.”
Mr. Pursley said it’s the swimmers’ desire, along with diligent networking, that has allowed their athletes to move onto the collegiate level.
“They have to put in the work. They have to make that progress and show they are a Division One athlete. Show they can make that commitment. There are no scrubs walking into college sports. You have to be able to commit to the sport. Once they do that, it’s just a matter of exposing them. We hit the emails hard, we hit every school across the country trying to find fits and use every connection that we have. Somehow, it’s working out.”
Mr. Pursley added an emphasis on academics has been key to attracting schools as well.
“Our senior group the last two years has had over a 32 average GPA, they are committed academically, they know what it takes to get to that next level.”