Two Lawrence High swimmers are taking the plunge into the NCAA Division One talent pool.
Andrew Poggio is headed to St. Louis, and Jennifer Adams has signed with Wyoming.
"I'm just glad to see both of them will be given a chance to continue to improve," LHS coach Pat Grzenda said. "Both have tremendous work ethics. These are the kinds of kids that deserve those scholarships."
Lawrence now has nine student-athletes committed to Division One schools. The others are: Joy Stover, Northwestern swimming; Nicky Smith, Missouri softball; Kristina Johnson, Kansas softball; Andy Bengtson, KU golf; Tariq Butt, KU tennis; Brad Romme, KU baseball and Jason Thoren, KU football.
Poggio chose the Billikens over KU and several small colleges. His sister, Jeanne, swims at Kansas.
"I'm pretty excited," Poggio said. "I went on a trip the week before Easter. Overall, I really enjoyed the people and the coach and the school. It's a place I fit in well. It's an up-and-coming program. Last year I think they only had 10 swimmers, and they've got nine freshmen coming in. I feel comfortable there, and I also think I can get a great education."
Poggio also played soccer at LHS. He considered going to a smaller school to participate in both sports.
"I wanted to go someplace where I could play soccer in the fall and swim in the spring," Poggio said. "But I didn't see how it was going to work out. I'll have to devote a lot of time to it. Soccer is a sport I enjoy, but swimming is my first love, and St. Louis is the place for me."
Adams also considered KU, but Wyoming and Drury were on her short list.
"(Wyoming) took me up there for a trip, and I felt I could make a difference on the team," Adams said. "It's kind of scary going off to a new school. I'm excited about it, but it's a ways away. I just want to finish my high school season."
Adams' brother, Ryan, went to Wyoming. He walked on to the swimming team.
"My brother thought I could do something for them," Adams said. "So he talked to them for me. I got some Division Two and Three stuff, and some smaller colleges wanted me. In swimming, you have to do a lot more contacting than in other sports. It was such a big decision, I didn't like having to think about it."
She didn't much like talking about it, either.
"Everyone that you meet says, 'Where are you going to school?' Now I can tell them," Adams said.