Anna Otterstetter signed her college letter of intent to swim for the Colorado School of Mines on Thursday, April 12, in the St. Michael library.
Anna, who has been swimming since she was nine years old, is a mid-distance freestyler and backstroker. “The moment I started swimming I loved it and never looked back,” she said. Now as a senior in high school, Anna has received both an academic and athletic scholarship for her accomplishments.
The Colorado School of Mines is a top ranked engineering school. While at
tending Mines, Anna says she plans to major in mechanical engineering and that she hopes to eventually work for Lockheed Martin where she would help build airplanes for the Air Force.
“As a future college-athlete, I am most looking forward to the community the team will provide. Mines is a very academically challenging school, and I look forward to conquering classes and the pool with people who have similar goals to mine.”
St. Michael swim coach, Ian Jarrell, said Anna’s motivation helps her stand out from other high school swimmers. “I’ve only briefly coached her, but I can tell you she’s very motivated and wants to be good at what she does,” he said.
During her junior year at St. Michael, Anna placed third in the 200 yard freestyle at the Division III High School State Meet and received the team Warrior Award. Her senior year, she secured second place at the State Meet in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:00.18, making The Advocate All-metro Team. Anna also lettered in swimming all four years at St. Michael.