Austin Tucker, 18, a senior at Western Hills High School, has signed a swimming scholarship with Campbellsville University, an NAIA school.
Tucker has lettered in swimming and soccer at WHHS.
Parents: Jody and Karen Tucker.
Plans to major in: pre-medicine.
Selected school because: It is a small Baptist college, nice coaching staff and great educational opportunities.
Letters earned: swimming (4), soccer (4).
Chose school over: Lindsey Wilson.
Honors earned: state swim meet participant (2012), holds school records in 200 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay, academic all-state in swimming and soccer, MVP of Capital City Classic soccer tournament.
Western Hills swim coach Kelly Caldwell: “Austin is an outstanding student-athlete at Western Hills and will become a standout student-athlete at Campbellsville. Austin knows how to work hard in the classroom and in the pool. He is very prepared for the next four years.”
Campbellsville swim coach Casey Smith: Smith said Tucker fits right in with what she’s looking for in her swimmers, someone who can contribute to the team and also embrace the Campbellsville University life.
“He strikes me as the type to enjoy that and contribute to the character focus of our combined rosters,” she said.
His times in the 50 and 100 freestyle, 200 IM and 100 butterfly mirror those of CU’s top returning male swimmers.
“Concentrating on just swimming in college will help him drop a lot of time as he gets into our practice and meet regimen,” she said. “The guys he will be swimming against in practice will challenge him. I expect that he will improve quite a bit. He’s a really good kid. I’m so excited to have him on the team.”