After helping lead the Greenbrier High School girls swim team to a repeat as Columbia County and CSRA champions in 2013, Leah Haney will be heading to a national contender next year.
On the first day of the spring signing period Wednesday, Haney signed a letter of intent to swim with Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla. The Moccasins recently finished sixth at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Division II National Championship.
Haney, named the CSRA Female Athlete of the Year. leaves after winning the 50 freestyle at the CSRA Championship and helping the team to 13th place in the girls 400 free relay at the state championship.
“I’m excited to be going off to college and having a new team,” said Haney, who expects to swim the 50 and the 200 free. “I love my team now, but it’s going to be exciting to be with new people and have new experiences.”
She swims year-round with the Aiken-Augusta Swim League and her coach, Adam Byers, was happy with Haney’s new opportunity.
“It’s been fantastic, really, kind of watching her grow and develop as an athlete and a young person, and we’re very, very proud of her to get the opportunity to go down to Florida Southern and swim,”
Haney found Florida Southern on a swimming Web site, liked what she saw and went from there.
“It was a small school and it’s got the nursing program.”
On her visit to the school at the end of January, the Moccasins’ coach warned it would be harder to pursue nursing while swimming, but it is a challenge she is ready to take head on.
“He expressed it’s more difficult to do swimming with nursing because of the time management, but I’m going to do my best,” Haney said.