By Alyce Cho
Recently, I got a chance to talk with La Canada’s local Michael Phelps, Dane Bell, who received a half academic and half swimming scholarship to Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Dane has been in the water for his entire life; he has been swimming competitively since he was in kindergarten. His passion to become the most successful swimmer that he could be was so strong that he’s never wanted to quit for his entire career. This drive led him to participate in CIF during freshman year, where he broke the La Cañada high school record in the 500 yard freestyle. He also tied last year for fifth in the 500 at last year’s CIF tournament. Outside of school, he swims for “Swim Pasadena”, a club that trains in the PCC facility.
Besides Drexel, Dane also received scholarship offers from schools like University of Connecticut and University of Massachusetts. However, he chose Drexel because it is in Division 1 for swimming, and it has a very good civil engineering program that has the option of dual majoring in architecture and engineering, and an interesting co-op program, a paid internship, that counts as credits. At Drexel, he plans to major in Civil Engineering while staying devoted to swimming and hopes to get his master’s degree in 5 years.
When asked what his biggest relief was after committing to Drexel, he said, “I’m relieved that I don’t have to worry about applying to multiple places and wondering where I’ll get in and where I’m going. I’m set. Just this last semester of senior year.”
Congratulations to Dane again, and go Dragons!
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