North Oconee swimmer Craig Kennedy wanted to attend a college with a strong nursing program, which is his intended major.
He looked at three schools and on Wednesday at North Oconee’s field house surrounded by family, friends and coaches, signed his national letter of intent with LaGrange to join the swim team.
“I didn’t really think it would be this big. That was nice. This is really cool. I have never had something like this before,” Kennedy said. “They reached out to me. From there, I went and visited a couple of times. I really liked the school. I liked what they have to offer. I am happy to go there.
“The main thing was their nursing program that they are offering because that is what I want to pursue. Their nursing program is nice. If I want to be a nurse, I want to get my education from there.
“Finding a school that can offer that and offer the right pathway for me was really essential.”
Kennedy was recruited to swim in the 50-freestyle and 100-freestyle.
Kennedy signed just days after competing at the GHSA state meet. He was a member of the 200-freestyle relay team that finished second with a new school record and a member of the 400-freestyle relay team that finished sixth with a new school record.
“It was incredible seeing how I would perform and seeing how my good friend Charlie Logan performed, being the first ever state winner in swimming in school history,” Kennedy said. “He grew up across the street from me. That was great. I am really proud of him.”
North Oconee’s swimming and diving team has won the last four area championships.
“I loved high school season and I loved all of my friends that were on all of the experiences that I had. I am definitely going to miss that,” Kennedy said. “It was a dream. I wish I could do it again. Our program for swimming is in a golden age right now and I hope it keeps going.”