Juneau-Douglas High School senior Kyle O'Brien recently has signed a letter of intent and accepted a scholarship offer to attend Northwestern University.
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O'Brien is a two-time high school All-American and was voted Alaska's outstanding high school swimmer in 2005 and 2006. He also was named Alaska's male swimming athlete of the year in 2004, 2005 and 2007.
O'Brien swims for Glacier Swim Club and the Southeast Alaska Swim Team.
He leaves as one of the most decorated athletes in Juneau-Douglas swimming history.
In 2006, the Crimson Bears' senior successfully defended his 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle titles at the state championships. His time of 1 minutes, 41.17 seconds in the 200 shattered a 21-year-old state record.
During his sophomore year, O'Brien joined forces with five others to bring a boys state championship home to Juneau. He captured the 500 freestyle title and was a part of the state championship 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays teams.
O'Brien joins one of the NCAA's elite programs in Northwestern. Last year, the Wildcats finished sixth overall at the national championships in March and broke the NCAA record in the 400 medley relay. It was the highest finish ever for Northwestern since swimming became an NCAA sanctioned sport.
Also, Amanda Jones accepted a scholarship to swim at South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D. Jones, a member of the two-time state champion Crimson Bears' girls team, reached All-American status as a member of two relays.
Jones was part of Juneau-Douglas' state champion 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams.