Spartan turned Knight, White commits to swimming for Lynn University

Over the past weekend, senior Jasmine White officially committed to swim for Lynn University. A small Division II school located in Boca Raton, Florida, the Fighting Knights participated in the Sunshine State Conference. She is the only athlete so far from the class of 2021 to commit to play sports collegiately.

This moment has been a long time coming for White, as she dreamt of swimming collegiately since elementary school. “I have wanted to be a collegiate swimmer since the summer going into second grade. I started swim lessons at an early age and switched to club practices,” White said. Playing a sport collegiately is not an easy task to accomplish, and White embraced the challenge. “Ever since I had my mindset on swimming at the next level I sacrificed a lot of things like going to sporting events, school dances, and other activities. In the summers I would fill my calendar up with events like practices, swim camps, and meets,” White said.

I have wanted to be a collegiate swimmer since the summer going into second grade”

— Jasmine White

Equally difficult was getting in contact with different colleges, coaches, and even current swimmers. The COVID-19 pandemic only increased the difficulty of the college search process. “My commitment process started at the beginning of my junior year. It was a lot of emails, phone calls, and reaching out to the right people at the right times. The process was a long journey and because of Covid most coaches were flooded with emails and there was not a great time to watch meets or do overnights,” White said.

“I went to Miami and visited Lynn University and Nova South Eastern University because they had swim programs, the size school I wanted to attend, and the major I wanted. Due to COVID-19, I had many zoom calls with the head coach along with talking with my coach and getting them to communicate. After months of talking with the head coach, my Coach, and my family I decided to commit to Lynn,” White said.

The future is bright for White and she is eager to tackle the challenge ahead, “I am excited to see how hard I can push my body and to see how far I can go in the next chapter of my swim career.”