When Lakeside High School’s Ashley Chafin made her decision about where she wanted to attend college, it meant she didn’t have to choose.
Looking for a place where she could play softball and swim, Chafin found Division III LaGrange College (LaGrange, Ga.). Thursday, Chafin made her decision to become a collegiate Lady Panther official.
“It took a long time,” said Chafin of her journey. “It was really hard to choose which school was right, but in the end it was definitely LaGrange.”
As well as being a standout on the Lakeside softball team, through the years Chafin set swimming records for Greater Augusta Swimming – which have since been broken – and holds standing records for Petersburg Racquet Club. It was important for Chafin to remain a multiple-sport athlete.
“I’m just excited to do both,” Chafin said. “For years people told me I would have to choose and just to be able to do both is just a great relief. If you’ve played both sports your whole life, I don’t think you should have to give up one. Everyone can find a place where they can do what they love and can do both.”
Chafin looked at places like St. Andrews University and Covenant College, but in the end they just didn’t feel like the right fit.
“At first when I went down there (LaGrange) for my preview day, the whole atmosphere was great,” Chafin said. “Everyone was so happy and so cheerful. It was just so much fun. and then when I talked to both the coaches they were both so encouraging and so kind, I just knew that was the place I needed to be.”
While competing in two sports will mean constant training, Chafin is confident she can flourish.
“They overlap for a couple of weeks, but I’ve been doing both sports my whole life so I’ll be able to balance it I’m pretty sure,” said the potential exercise science major.
Chafin’s first competition at the college went swimmingly. Long after she had made up her mind about which school she wanted to attend, Chafin was among over 100 students at LaGrange’s scholarship weekend in February. She finished third, getting her school paid for.