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Mayo to Swim for Bethel University


Abigail Mayo, Hamilton Heights’ senior, has signed a letter of intent to swim for the Bethel University Pilots in Mishawaka, Indiana this fall. Bethel University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and Crossroads League. She is the daughter of Brian and Kerri Mayo. 

Mayo, currently a three-year varsity letter winner and team caption for the Hamilton Heights Girls Swim team, said it was during her visit to Bethel University that she felt called to pursue her post-secondary education and swim at the collegiate level.  “Everyone I met on campus was friendly and helpful,” said Mayo, who plans to study nursing to eventually become a nurse and work in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. “It offers a Christ-centered environment with an academically challenging focus.” 

Mayo has been passionate about swimming since about the second grade.  She has been a member of a swim team since the 6th grade and began giving swim lessons in 8th grade.  She credits Ellen Reed, her swim coach in South Carolina, for being influential in first developing her stroke techniques and teaching her how to be a part of a team. 

“Abigail has been a member of the swim team for three years,” said Sue Beale, Hamilton Heights Girls Varsity Swim Coach.  “She has been a great addition to the team both in the water and out. She always has a smile on her face and has done a great job with her role as Co-captain this year.” 

“We are very proud of Abigail and what she has accomplished the past four years at Hamilton Heights,” said Kurt Ogden, Hamilton Heights Athletic Director.  “She has been a model student athlete.  We wish her the best as she continues her swimming career at Bethel University.” 

Mayo, a member of the Harvest Church, is active in 4-H and Hamilton Heights FFA when she is not in the pool.