McIntyre commits to USC
July 3, 2008 · Updated 7:05 PM
Missy McIntyre can finally breathe a sigh of relief.
The highly-touted All-American swimmer from Oak Harbor made a verbal commitment to swim at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Calf., starting next fall.
Its a big weight off my shoulders, she said. Its nice to have that behind me now.
McIntyre, a senior at OHHS, said she had between 20-25 schools interested in recruiting her. The top two other choices beside USC were narrowed down to Arizona and Georgia.
Other major universities interested included Washington, Texas A&M, Texas, Auburn and Wisconsin.
The choice to go to USC was a simple one.
The team is what drew me there, she said. These are people that I want to spend the next four years with.
A great relationship with USC coach Mark Schubert, also the US Olympic coach, was a deciding factor.
Everything he steps on turns to gold for me, McIntyre said.
McIntyre becomes the second member of the OHHS class of 2005 to sign with a major Division I college. Senior Heidi McNeill made a commitment last winter to play basketball at the University of Washington in the 2005-2006 school year.