Grovetown High School diver Meghan Zets had a specific set of criteria for the college she wanted to attend, and the University of West Florida fit the bill.
On Wednesday Zets made it official, signing her national letter of intent to dive for the Argonauts next year.
While she was interested in the university, the trip to the campus in January sold her.
“It was great,” said Zets. “The campus was so beautiful. January is like freezing in Georgia, it’s shorts and a T-shirt in Pensacola. And the beach was like a block away.”
Zets started diving her sophomore year, placed 10th in the state her junior year and finished her senior season taking ninth in the state.
She’ll now join the Division II Argonauts, who will be competing in the Gulf South Conference as a first-year program.
How her first year plays out is something Zets will experience as she goes.
“I’m not really sure what kind of meets we’re going to, but Andrew (Hancock), the head coach, was talking about me taking them to nationals,” Zets said. “I wouldn’t take it as far as that, but I’d be happy if we made it to nationals.”
Zets’ private coach, Jim Tingen, thinks she has untapped potential.
“If the coach coaches her, learns (about) her, and coaches her according to what motivates her, then she’ll continue to thrive and she’ll get as good as she can get,” said Tingen.
Zets, who wants to become an oncology nurse, worked with Argonauts diving coach Barbara Parker in the past.
“I actually practiced with her a few times at UGA clinics and she helped me so much in just two days,” Zets said.