The Alaska Swimming Junior Olympic Championships are this week at the Bartlett High pool, and kids at the state’s biggest all-age meet of the season don’t have to look far to find inspiration.
Two of the competitors at the four-day meet are high school seniors who have signed letters of intent to swim at NCAA Division I colleges.
Maximus Addington of Dimond High is headed to the University of Denver, and Izzy Powers of Chugiak will take her talents to the University of Hawaii.
Addington and Powers both won state titles at the state high school championships earlier this school year, with Addington taking the boys 200-yard freestyle title and Powers sweeping the 50 free and 100 free titles.
The two are believed to be the only swimmers from Alaska this year to sign a letter-of-intent with a Division I swim team. Addington plans to study biochemistry at Denver, and Powers plans to study biology at Hawaii.
Addington and Powers are among dozens of college-bound Alaska athletes who will combine sports with academics at college. Here’s a list of recent signings.
Erick White, East — Saint Martin’s (NCAA DIvison II)
Cameron Withrow, Grace Christian — Arizona Christian (NAIA)
Evan Hoosier, Dimond — UAA (NCAA Division II)
Ashlynn Burgess, Chugiak — Seattle Pacific (NCAA Division II)
Annabelle Austin, Polaris K-12 — Anna Maria College (NCAA Division III)
Kaylee Merrill, Wasilla — SUNY Potsdam (NCAA Division III)
Berkleigh Radcliffe, South — Buffalo State (NCAA Division III)
Addison Swanson, Eagle River — Plymouth State University (NCAA Division III)
Amber Steinhilpert, South — Alvernia University (NCAA Division III)
Tristan Stetson, West — Buffalo State University (NCAA Division III)
Makena Thompson, South — Trine University (NCAA Division III)
Kiana Trupp, South High — Plymouth State University (NCAA Division III)
Jack Green, West — American University (NCAA Division I)
Maddie Moser, Dimond — Beloit College (NCAA Division III)
Jalyn Osborne, Dimond — Eastern Arizona (junior college)
Maximus Addington, Dimond — University of Denver (NCAA Division I)
Chris Loudon, Dimond — University of the Redlands (NCAA Division III)
Alexis Mattson, Colony — UAF (NCAA Division II)
Izzy Powers, Chugiak — Hawaii (NCAA Division I)
Girls track/cross country
Kylie Judd, Dimond — Wisconsin Eau Claire (NCAA Division III)
Julia Fetko, Service — UAA (NCAA Division II)
Jordyn Liedike, Grace Christian — Thiel College (NCAA Division II)
Reilly Plumhoff, Dimond — UAA (NCAA Division II)