Olivia Tungate, right, celebrates after signing a letter of intent to swim for Washington State University. Jillian Pape, left, will row for the University of Washington. (Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times)

Olivia Tungate, right, celebrates after signing a letter of intent to swim for Washington State University. Jillian Pape, left, will row for the University of Washington. (Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times)

Pape, Tungate sign letters of intent

Longtime friends Jillian Pape and Olivia Tungate will become “enemies” next school year.

The two Oak Harbor High School senior swimmers signed letters of intent Tuesday, Nov. 14, and will attend rival schools.

Pape signed with the University of Washington, while Tungate agreed to attend Washington State University.

Pape, however, is switching sports. She will compete on the water instead of in it as a member of the Husky rowing team.

Pape considered attending the University of Vermont and California Polytechnic State University but chose the UW because of her familiarity with the school.

“My sister went to the University of Washington, and I felt like I always had a connection there,” she said. “Also, I always wanted to stay in Washington.”

Pape plans to major in “something related to health sciences.”

Tungate said she originally didn’t plan on swimming in college, but a visit to WSU changed that.

“I really like the campus and the coaching staff,” she said.

A call from the coach last summer also helped persuade Tungate to compete for the Cougars.

She is undecided on a major.

The pair just returned from swimming in the Washington state high school championship meet last weekend.

Pape, who qualified for state all four years she was in high school, placed sixth in he 100-yard butterfly and 11th in the 50 freestyle this fall.

Tungate, who swam for a club team before joining the Wildcats as a junior, was fifth in the 100 backstroke and 15th in the 100 freestyle.

Pape, Tungate, Taliah Black and Ashleigh Merrill were fourth in the 200 medley relay.

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