Specializing in the freestyle events, Sydney Gundersen has had an amazing swimming career at Exeter Township High School. So successful that she will continue swimming in college next season.
Earlier this month, Gundersen signed her Letter-of-Intent to continue her swimmer career at Ursinus College in Collegeville.
Gundersen had several other schools in mind before she visited the Ursinus campus in October of her junior year. Once she got there, she liked what she saw.
“I liked the size of the school mostly,” said Gundersen. “I didn’t want to go to a giant school in which I didn’t know anybody. I wanted to get to know my teachers and classmates.”
Gundersen will join a team that has struggled to reach .500 over the last couple of seasons in the PSAC.
She had a chance to meet head coach Kyle Almoney when she made her campus visit 16 months ago. She quickly got a good feeling about him which helped her make her decision.
“He was a real friendly guy,” said Gundersen. “He made me feel like I would fit in very well on the team.”
Sydney is the daughter of Jen Gundersen, the Exeter High School girls’ swim team coach. It will be a change for her to be coached by someone other than her mother. Having her mother as her coach has its good points and bad points. Gundersen said the good points outweighed the bad points in her case.
“The one bad part about having your mother as your coach is that she feels free to yell at me and get away with it,” she said with a chuckle while her mother sat by her just five feet away.
“It actually worked out very well,” said a smiling Sydney.
Sydney has been swimming since she was five years old, so she feels that she’s ready for swimming at the college level.
“I’m a little nervous about competing at that level,” said Gundersen. “I’ll be going up against girls who were among the best swimmers at their high school. I will be a challenge, but I’m ready for it.”