Swimming

Purrman signs to swim for D-I Iona

Tuscola senior takes talent near the ‘Big Apple’
By Caroline Klapper | Apr 25, 2013
Photo by: Caroline Klapper Tuscola senior Collin Purrman, front row middle, signs his NLI with Iona with his family and swim coaches in attendance.

From October through March, the weather can get brutal in New Rochelle, New York.
But Tuscola senior Collin Purrman really doesn’t care what the weather will be like outside because he’ll be spending most of the next four years inside the Hynes Athletics Center pool.
After a solid prep career at Tuscola High School, Purrman signed a national letter-of-intent to swim for Division I Iona College Thursday afternoon.
“I’m excited I get to be on the team,” Purrman said, adding he thanks all of his coaches, including Tuscola Head Coach Robin Batchelor, Assistant Coach Suzan Miller and Smoky Mountain Aquatic Club (SMAC) Coach Andy Wagner.
But Purrman is very familiar with the college as his parents Wendy and Ted Purrman are alumni of Iona.
Purrman has been swimming since he was 7 years old and has excelled in the sport, achieving many athletic and academic achievement awards. Purrman served as captain of the Tuscola swim team for two years and was named the team’s outstanding swimmer for three years.
He capped his final season in the pool at Tuscola High being named the WNC Athletic Conference meet’s most valuable swimmer and took second in the annual Ironman meet in December, 2012.
In February, at the NCHSAA Class 3-A Swimming and Diving Championships, he finished sixth in the 200 free with a time of 1:47.74.
Purrman may also swim the 100 back and the 500 free for the Iona Gaels.  
“We’re proud. It’s going to be a great opportunity for him,” said Coach Wagner. “We’re feeling like he’s where he needs to be.”
Wagner said he expects Purrman to be about the middle of the ladder on the Iona team, presenting challenges but putting him “in a good position.”
“He’s put in a lot of work,” said Batchelor, who retired as the Tuscola head swim coach at season’s end. “He’s going to be missed.”

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