Batesville High School senior Bryce Timonera has accepted of a full athletic scholarship with Indian River Community College (IRSC) in Fort Pierce, Fla., according to high school coach TJ Greene. Timonera is a 9-time IHSAA state qualifier and 2013 IHSAA state runner-up in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events for Batesville High School.
“When you get to the talent level Bryce has, the program that best fits your training and academic needs becomes critical,” Greene commented. “Short and long term goals must be balanced in an effort to get to your ultimate goal.
“Bryce chose the school that will best prepare him for his immediate and long term goals. In addition to the attractive financial offer, Bryce’s decision was based on good academic fit and a nationally recognized ‘sprint’ swim program,” he added.
This year, the mens’ swimming program won their 39th straight NJCAA swimming championships, according to Greene. “This was an interesting and exciting journey for Bryce and his family,” Greene commented. “ Their years of dedication and hard work paid off in the form of an exciting college recruiting process.”
The program at Indian River is a 2-year commitment/program. Timonera’s Initial intentions are to pursue an Associate’s Degree in Marketing or Business. After 2 years at Indian River the intentions, Timonera plans to transfer to another school to pursue a Bachelor’s degree.
“The recruiting process would essentially begin again prior to graduating from Indian River,” Greene continued. “After two years of getting stronger, faster and honing his schools, it is obvious that schools will continue to knock on his door.
“The next OIympics is in 2016. The timing could be ideal for the most talented swimmer to ever come out of the Batesville area,” he added.