(NLI Photos) 4 GPAC Swimmers Sign National Letter of Intent This Past Week

by Amanda Smith 0

November 21st, 2013 College, College Recruiting, News

Four swimmers from Greater Pensacola Aquatic Club have signed their National Letters of Intent to swim Division I next fall.

Jacqiue Kinman will stay in her home state and head to Florida International University, Brianna Mount will hopefully (and very much likely) get an appointment to the Air Force Academy this winter, Olivia Weekley will head west to Arkansas, and Nate Thomas will leave the warm Florida sun and head north to Purdue.

Kinman and Mount are teammates at Washington High School, while Weekly and Thomas attend Pace High School. Kinman and Mount just ten days ago claimed the Class 2A Statie Title for the High School, the first ever Pensacola area team to win the state championship in swimming. The claimed state titles in the 200 medley and freestyle relays.

Kinman is a sprint freestyle and breaststroke swimmer. With bests of 24.77 in the 50 freestyle, 53.73 in the 100 freestyle and 1:04.77 in the 100 breaststroke, respectively.

Mount is another sprint freestyle specialist at GPAC. Her bests include a 23.53 50 freestyle, 51.66 100 freestyle – both times she just posted last week. Plus she has a 1:55.33 200 freestyle and 58.88 100 butterfly will both be beneficial at the Air Force as well.

Weekley was a former gymnast, turned swimmer around the age of 11. She’s now a sprint freestyle and butterfly specialist. Her bests include 23.92 50 freestyle, 53.78 100 freestyle – which can quickly be improved at Arkansas, plus a 55.86 100 butterfly. Her versatility in the sprints will be valuable in the Razorback relays.

Thomas has some serious height to him – he’s 6’8”. And just recently he was the Class 3A State Champion in the 100 freestyle (45.91), and runner-up in the 50 freestyle (20.95). His bests include 20.69/45.88, plus 58.73 100 breaststroke and 52.00 100 butterfly. He will quickly be plugged into the sprint events for the Boilermakers.

All four swimmers swim under Phil Kraus.

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Amanda Smith is a former swimmer at both Indiana and USC, where she earned a total of nine All-American honors at the NCAA Championships. Smith, a middle-distance specialist as a swimmer, was also 3-time USC School Record holder, a 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee, and an Olympic Trials …

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