HPA students, Kira Parker and Karly Noetzel, have committed to their respective college swim programs next year on the mainland to continue their swimming career post-graduation.
Kira, who is currently ranked 4th in Hawai'i, will swim for a Division I program at the University of Vermont. After an extensive search of over 20 programs, she chose the University of Vermont as it is a competitive program in the America East Conference for student-athletes. Kira noted, "I've always been the type of person who works hard at what I do, and without hard work, I don't think goals can be achieved." The University of Vermont also offers Kira the best academic programs that line up with her career goals beyond college.
Karly, signed her commitment papers to swim next year for the Denison University on November 27. Denison is a Division III powerhouse in swimming, and she will fit right in as she is she is currently ranked 7th in the state. Karly, who viewed 26 different schools and felt that Denison would be the best place for her to continue her swimming career while studying film studies.
When asked how it felt to receive an invitation to attend Denison University and to swim for them Karly replied "I was really encouraged by the coaches offering me a position on such a prestigious team. The team has been in the top three on the NCAA level for the past 25 years. To have the coach look me in the eye and tell me he wants me in the program really touched me and made a welcoming impression without a doubt."
HPA's swim teams are a competitive force at both the island and state levels attracting athletes at all levels to the school. Head coach, Mr. Mark Noetzel's, dedication, leadership, and the pursuit of excellence both in and out of the pool has been a key component to both Karly and Kira's success. The importance of being a scholar-athlete, all-around good citizen, and teammate has both inspired and encouraged the students to push themselves to achieve what at one point seemed the unachievable goal. Mr. Noetzel, who earned All-America status at the University of Michigan as a collegiate athlete, also coaches the year-round swim program, the Academy Swim Club.