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Tigers’ Gill to swim at Florida Tech

April 12, 2012
By Andrew Davis - Staff Write ( , The Inter-Mountain

Elkins High School's senior swim standout Connor Gill signed a letter-of-intent to attend Florida Tech on Wednesday.

Gill, who was a four-year letterman for the Tigers, qualified for the state swim the past four season.

"I'm very excited to have a chance to swim at the next level," Gill said. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity, and I know it's going to take a lot of hard work to be successful. But I feel that I'm ready and up for the challenge."

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The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Davis
Elkins High School swimmer Connor Gill signs a letter-of-intent with Florida Tech on Wednesday. Seated with Gill, from left, are Stewart Gill (father), Cary Sponaugle (mother) and Mickey Sponaugle (stepfather); back row, Elkins athletic director Todd Price, Elkins head swim coach Jean Schmidt and Elkins assistant coach Michael Roessing.

Gill had a pair of top five finishes at the state swim meet this season as he placed third in the 100-yard butterfly and fourth in the 50-yard freestyle.

"I'm very excited for Connor to be going to swim at the collegiate level," Elkins coach Jean Schmidt said. "I think he is very capable of doing well and I think it will be a very good experience for him."

Florida Tech's swim program will be in its first full season as a Division II sport. It has been a club sport the last two seasons.

"It's exciting to be part of a new program," Gill said. "The recruits they have coming in are really fast, so I think we could have a good season right off the bat."

Gill had scholarship offers from several other schools, including some Division 1 programs within the Big East Conference.

"I just really liked the campus and the community at Florida Tech," Gill said. "I also liked the entire coaching staff. I can't wait to get there and get started."

Gill is the son of Stewart Gill and Cary Sponaugle. He is the stepson of Mickey Sponaugle.



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