Swimming

Oh Tallahassee, here she comes!

Tuscola’s record-setting three-time state champion signs with Florida State
By Caroline Cox | Nov 18, 2012
Photo by: Mary Wallace Front row, from left, are Judy Stringfield, Katy Stringfield and John Stringfield.  Back row, from left, are Andy Wagner and Robin Bachelor.

It was a beautiful Friday morning (Nov. 16) when senior Katy Stringfield made it all official by signing her national letter-of-intent to swim for Florida State University.
Her signature also marked her as the last of the “Swimming Stringfields” to swim competitively as older sister Anna swam for Davidson College and brother Jake is currently swimming for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.
“I chose FSU because I’ve always wanted to go to school there,” said Stringfield. “When I went there it felt right. This year couldn’t go by fast enough.   I can’t wait to get there and start contributing to the team.”
Stringfield had been swimming for a dozen years and currently holds three state swim records. She set two state records in her sophomore season and defended her state title in the 500 freestyle at the state meet her junior season.
The future Seminole is also a two-time “Iron Man” champion, which is a popular competition in Western North Carolina.
“Katy wouldn’t be where she is now if it weren’t for Smokey Mountain Aquatic Club (SMAC).” said Tuscola head swim coach Robin Bachelor. “I’m very excited for her opportunity these next four years” The current SMAC coach, Andy Wagner has only been coaching her for six months, but is more than impressed with Stringfield.
“She’s a very hard worker. Not only is she a three-time state champion, but she also is ranked in the top 800 out of 300,000 high school swimmers in the USA.
“This is a big deal for Tuscola High School and SMAC. If she keeps working hard she will have an opportunity to be on the record boards at Florida State.”

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