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Local swimmer Banton to become part of U.S. university’s ‘Herd’

St. Mary’s College student will study, swim at West Virginia’s Marshall University
20190802-Sault Surge swimmer Paige Banton photo supplied
Sault Surge swimmer Paige Banton. Photo supplied

Sault swimmer Paige Banton, heading into Grade 12 at St. Mary’s College, has made her verbal commitment to Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, a Division I school in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 

Banton has devoted countless hours to her sport over the past several years, and the opportunity to swim for Marshall University’s ‘Herd’ was too good to pass up. 

Marshall University, known for its depiction in the film We Are Marshall, is glad to acquire a breaststroke and individual medley specialist heading into the 2019/2020 season.

“I am proud to announce my verbal commitment to Marshall University where I can study biology and continue to do what I love, swimming,” Banton said.

“I am very excited to work with my new coach and this amazing group of girls that welcomed me to the team during my visit. From that time on, I just knew that if I chose Marshall I would make memories that would last a lifetime.”

Banton currently swims for the Sault Surge Aquatic Team under Sarah MacDonald, head coach. 

Swimming is a big part of Banton’s life. Her mother has been a coach with the Surge for a number of years, and she trains with her younger brother. After her final year of high school, Banton will make the trip to Huntington, West Virginia to join a new swimming family led by head coach Ian Walsh.