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Day reaches first goal with Yellow Jacket signing

Posted: November 15, 2015 - 1:02am
Brennan Day signs with Georgia Tech. With him are Greenbrier coach Kristen Schlegel (from left), father Paul Day, Aiken-Augusta Swim League coach Adam Sasso and mother Kelly Day.                     Photo by Scott Rouch
Photo by Scott Rouch
Brennan Day signs with Georgia Tech. With him are Greenbrier coach Kristen Schlegel (from left), father Paul Day, Aiken-Augusta Swim League coach Adam Sasso and mother Kelly Day.

With the chance to accomplish some huge goals on the horizon, Greenbrier High School’s Brennan Day got his first goal out of the way Wednesday afternoon.

Day, who is expected to lead the Wolfpack once again during the high school season, signed to swim for Georgia Tech. It is the beginning of what could be a momentous senior year for Day.

“This year is actually really a big year in swimming, the Olympic trials are next summer, so hopefully I can get a cut for Olympic trials, which would be very exciting,” said Day. “Also, the high school season is just underway and we have high school state in February, which will be a very exciting meet.

‘‘Hopefully we can do better than we’ve ever done in the past, which is exciting because it’s senior year and I would always love to help the team out and help out in the relays and in individuals at state.”

One of the top distance swimmers in the state – finishing fourth and third at the state championships the previous two years in the 500 freestyle – the plan will be for Day to swim the 500 free and the 400 individual medley with the Yellow Jackets.

Greenbrier coach Kristen Schlegel has been impressed with the way he has gone about swimming while at the school and as a year-round swimmer with the Aiken-Augusta Swim League.

“His work ethic, his commitment to the sport is above and beyond what you normally see from swimmers his age,” Schlegel said. “He’s so conscientous of his swimming career and his goals and what he wants to do, Watching him grow through the high school season the last four years has been amazing.”

Day checked on other options before committing to Georgia Tech.

“Throughout the whole entire process I had some schools I was looking at mostly in the ACC and SEC and I really found myself loving it at Georgia Tech,” said Day, who went on an official visit Sept. 11-13.

Once that trip was over, it was basically off limits for any other suitor.

“I loved the team, I loved the coaches, I loved the atmopsphere,” Day said. “I went on another official trip and really found out that Tech was the place for me so that’s what I chose and I cancelled the rest of my trips.”

A two-time Scholastic All-American and a 4.0 student at Greenbrier, Day, who will be taking a pre-med route, liked the balance Georgia Tech offered.

“I’m thinking more in the future and I know I can get a great education at Georgia Tech and fulfill all my academic dreams there as well as athletic dreams,” Day said.

Those overall dreams are lofty.

“My overall goal for my entire swimming career would be to compete at an Olympic trial level and at the NCAA level in college, so making Olympic trials this year would be the overall dream,” Day said.

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