Bluffton's Pangilinan to swim at Limestone

ksalter@islandpacket.comMay 15, 2014 

After four successful years of swimming at Bluffton High School, senior Ashleigh Pangilinan signed with Limestone College on Wednesday.

Pangilinan's signing brings the number of Bluffton High athletes pursuing college sports to 19, according to athletics director Dave Adams.

Pangilinan, who specializes in the backstroke, said she is happy to be able to continue swimming, an activity she took up more than 10 years ago at the encouragement of a friend.

"It's hard trying to find a place that you want to go, but when you finally have an official visit, finally get the feel for the school, you know exactly where you want to go," Pangilinan said.

Pangilinan said she plans to study for a career in physical therapy. While she works toward that goal, she'll be back in the pool, a reward for the hours of hard work she has put in to get to this point. Bluffton swimming coach Eric Kemeny said Pangilinan is a very determined athlete who is set up to excel in college.

"I think she's going to be phenomenal," Kemeny said. "I think once she gets there, she's going to continue to drive and have a good, successful career."

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