Next year, Paideia senior MaryKathryn Terry will continue her education and swimming career at Georgia Tech, where her father and grandfather also went to school.
“She’s a top local sprinter who will add depth to our young sprint program,” Georgia Tech swimming coach Courtney Shealy Hart said. “MaryKathryn is a third-generation Yellow Jacket.”
But surprisingly they weren’t the reason Terry decided to become a Yellow Jacket.
“Originally I didn’t think I would want to go to Tech but in swimming they have these days called Junior Days where juniors go visit and you meet people on the team,” Terry said. “You see the facility and it gives you a good idea of how it would be to go there.
“I went to that and really only because I had some friends who were going but I absolutely loved it,” Terry said.
Interestingly, Terry was probably destined to attend Georgia Tech.
“I have a picture in the hospital with a Yellow Jacket onesie on,” said Terry, who plans to major in business.
Until then, Terry plans to continue focusing on the 100 and 200 freestyle events, and qualify for the state swim meet for the fourth time.
“I’m looking forward to state,” Terry said. “It’s my favorite meet.”