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Monticello's Athena Vanyo is becoming a member of Virginia Tech to take part in Virginia's swimming program – The Day by day Progress

Vanyo was grateful for the opportunity she was offered at Virginia Tech, but believes UVa is a perfect fit for her.

"I was saddened to let the coaches and future swimmers at Virginia Tech know because they were all so nice to me," said Vanyo.

Academically, Vanyo hopes for a career in the medical field. As a member of the Health and Medical Services Academy in her high school, she hopes to graduate with a degree in biology and pursue her ultimate goal of becoming a doctor.

Vanyo is the second Monticello swimmer to commit to swim at UVa. In September, Junior Izzy Bradley made an oral undertaking to join the Cavaliers.

"It will be exciting for me to swim in my hometown in front of friends and family in college," said Vanyo. "My friends and I have always enjoyed cheering on the UVa swimmers from the stands at their home meetings and I can't wait to be on deck while my friends and family cheer me on anyway. I'm excited too for my teammate Izzy Bradley to join UVa. She is a strong swimmer, we share the same urge to continuously improve and it will be fun to have a familiar face on the team. "

Vanyo also has big plans for her final season at Monticello.

"Swimming in high school was always the highlight of every school year for me," said Vanyo. “We finished third in the state in my sophomore year, the second last year, and I hope to lead the team to their first state championship this year. One of my personal goals in my senior high school season is to set a state record in the 100 butterflies. "

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