By Steven Kochersperger
Mount Vernon Wildcat swimmer Kelsey Turner is all smiles these days after recently signing her National Letter of Intent to continue her swim career at Western Kentucky University.
Turner chose the Hilltoppers as her college destination after having a great visit and seeing what they have of offer.
“Western Kentucky was actually the first place I visited,” Turner said. “I fell in love with everything there. The people were really nice and reminded me of everyone back home.”
The Hilltoppers are at a high point in their swim program and believe that Turner will be a great fit. Western Kentucky Swimming and Diving coach Bruce Marchionda is excited to have Turner sign with his program.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Kelsey to the Western Kentucky Swimming & Diving Family,” Marchionda said. “We truly feel that WKU is a place where Kelsey can reach her goals both academically and athletically. Western Kentucky Swimming is coming off and exciting year highlighted by placing Claire Donahue on the USA Olympic Team. The program is on the move and Kelsey is a piece of the puzzle for our future plans. She not only brings strength to our program in her individual events but will be a positive force in our relays.”
Turner set a Mount Vernon school record last season and had one of the fastest times in the butterfly. She placed ninth in the state meet in the freestyle and made All America honors, meaning she was in the top 100 swimmers in the nation in her event.
And for Wildcat coach Larry Zoller it’s been an honor to watch Turner grow year to year putting in the work to become a great athlete.
”The neat thing about Kelsey is that she has gotten better every year she has been in our program,” Zoller said.”Last year was her best year ever. She was one of six All American swimmers we had. Western Kentucky is a great matchup for Kelsey. She’s at that level right now where she has become one of the better swimmers in the nation.”
For Turner, swimming has been a lifelong activity that she has not only enjoyed but has helped her grow. She began swimming at Brittlebank pool when she was 4 years old and came to the Mount Vernon club around age 9. Since that time her confidence has grown and she has found her niche as a swimmer.
Turner will continue to work hard to make her senior season a season to remember. Currently Turner is ranked fourth in the state in the 200 Free and 17th in the 500 freestyle.
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