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Purser to swim as a Crusader

Purser to swim as a Crusader
Purser to swim as a Crusader
Sean and Dawn Purser sit with their daughter, Morgan, a North Harrison High School senior, as she signs to swim at the collegiate level at Valparaiso Univertsity. Photo by Kaitlyn Clay
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

Morgan Purser, a senior at North Harrison High School, will trade her Cougar title for that of a Crusader next year as she continues her swimming career at the collegiate level at Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana.

Purser chose Valparaiso after touring its campus and hearing from swimmers on the Crusaders’ team about how much they enjoy the program there and are pushed to be better swimmers by their coaches.

“Everyone there seemed to absolutely love it,” Purser said. “I met with the coach and immediately felt like it was the right decision and fit for me.”

It also helped that Valparaiso had the major Purser is interested in. After attending a Women in Engineering program at Purdue University, Purser said she instantly felt called to pursue a degree in environmental engineering.

Purser said she had hoped to stay in Indiana for college but there aren’t many schools with both a swim team and that major. Luckily, Valparaiso fit the bill for both. Purser also intends to minor in civil engineering.

Purser said she has been swimming on various teams since the age of 5. She said this past season she was a participant in the 200-meter freestyle and the 100-meter breaststroke events, both of which she hopes to continue racing in at the collegiate level.

She said it is a bit bittersweet that her time at North Harrison swimming is coming to an end. While she is excited to continue at the next level, she will miss the bond she has with her team mates and her coaches.

“I have known both of my coaches my entire life, so adjusting to a new coaching style will be interesting,” Purser said. “I will miss both of them so much. I also am going to miss my friends and all the fun we would have at practices together and at the meets.

“I’m so thankful for the time at North Harrison; it has made me who I am,” she said.

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