Nate Parsley will be attending Rowan University in the fall. He will major in either business management or marketing, and will be a member of the college's men's swim team.
Four years of high school swimming wasn’t enough for Milford High’s Nate Parsley to accomplish the goals he had set for himself.
“After my junior year I realized I wasn’t going to be done in two years,” Parsley said.
This fall Parsley will try to accomplish his goals of dropping time and being one of the top swimmers in his personal events in college, when he joins the Rowan University men’s swim team.
Parsley chose Rowan, in Glassboro, N.J., over Franklin & Marshall, in Lancaster, Pa., which also wanted him to swim.
“Mainly I had a gut feeling about (Rowan),” Parsley said. “It just fits.”
Parsley said he plans on going in with his major undeclared, however, he has been accepted to the Rohrer College of Business at Rowan University, and will likely major in either business management or marketing.
But he is very excited to join the swim team, where he will likely be a distance and backstroke swimmer.
“I think my versatility made it easy for them to want me on the team,” Parsley said. “I’m willing to work to be wherever they need me.”
That hard working quality is one of the reasons Milford head coach Doug Yeager believes Pars-ley will have a successful college swim career.
“Nate has the motivation, commitment, and hard working attitude to compete (at the college level),” Yeager said. “Some great qualities Nate will bring to Rowan are leadership, a never quit attitude and a strong background which will help him make it through the rigor of collegiate swimming.
“I am very proud of Nate for his accomplishments the past two years and it is only going to get better for him. Nate is the type of student-athlete that will be successful at anything he does.”
Parsley is a four-year state meet qualifier at Milford High School. This past year, he finished third in the 100 backstroke at the conference meet, and has been one of the most proficient 500 freestyle swimmers over the last few years. He also became a regular 200 individual medley swimmer for the Bucs this past season.
He was also named team MVP during his junior season.
“Nate has improved greatly over that past two years,” Yeager said. “He has not only dropped time in all of his events, but he has also improved technically. This is proof of Nate’s hard work, commitment and respect for the sport of swimming.”
Parsley has been swimming since he was in elementary school, and has competed with the Lake Forest community swim team, the Sussex Family YMCA team, the Central Delaware YMCA team and the MHS team.
“It’s been such a big part of me and I can’t imagine stopping now,” Parsley said.
To prepare for the college swim season, Parsley plans on competing all summer with the Central Delaware YMCA team, where he will have meets two days a week and regular practices. He will also do some lifeguarding, which should help him get in top shape.
“My goal (at Rowan) is to start in my events, and to be one of the top 3 in any of those events,” Parsley said, adding that he also wanted to be on the team’s main relay squad.
In order to accomplish those goals, Parsley has to be physically and mentally prepared.
“Nate is definitely cap-able of much more from the level he is at now,” Yeager said. “Nate needs a little more training technically in all of his strokes. This is something that Rowan will definitely provide for him with new drills and training sets.”
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