2021 Swimming Recruits

To be one of the best. It's the reason athletes compete at the NCAA Division III level. And at George Fox, athletes get the opportunity to pursue their passion for sports at a nationally ranked Christian college with a storied athletic tradition that includes both individual and team national championships.

We're excited about the quality of student-athletes who will join us for the 2021-22 academic year as we pursue our vision of being "the team to beat." In April, we hosted a virtual Commitment Day to celebrate their decision* and are proud to introduce our newest Bruins to you.

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Allie Bates

Name: Allie Bates

High School: West Albany High School (Albany, Oregon)

Sport(s): Swimming

Position(s): 200 and 500 Freestyle

Height / Weight: 5'7"

Intended Major:

 Business Administration

Why I Chose George Fox:

I love the smaller campus community.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

I learned how to play guitar!

Fun Fact:

I work in a bakery.
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Zac Celebrado

Name: Zac Celebrado

High School: Kentridge High School (Renton, Washington)

Sport(s): Swimming

Position(s): 100 butterfly

Height / Weight: 5'4" / 152

Intended Major:

Kinesiology

Why I Chose George Fox:

I chose Fox because of the warm welcome I was met with at my two campus visits. The close-knit community that Fox has is something that I can see myself be a part of. I believe that Fox is the perfect place for me to transition into the next stage in my life.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

Something that I started due to quarantine was turning to video games to keep in touch with my friends. The game that I specifically picked up was Rocket League.

Fun Fact:

A fun fact about me is that one of my favorite hobbies is the sport of judo.
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Audrey LeMoss

Name: Audrey LeMoss

High School: Grants Pass High School (Grants Pass, Oregon)

Sport(s): Swimming

Position(s): 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly

Height / Weight: 5'7"

Intended Major:

Animation

Why I Chose George Fox:

I chose George Fox because of the community and emphasis on being a part of something.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

Making little keychains/charms out of polymer clay.

Fun Fact:

My favorite color is orange :D
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Adrienne Pena

Name: Adrienne Pena

High School: Summit Learning Charter (Portland, Oregon)

Sport(s): Swimming

Position(s): Freestyle and Butterfly

Height / Weight: 5'0"

Intended Major:

Nursing

Why I Chose George Fox:

Ever since the first time I visited the campus, I have felt comfortable and drawn to the university. The Be Known promise and small class sizes are also what encouraged me to choose George Fox.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

A new hobby I tried during quarantine was baking because I was craving cookies. Many of my cookies came out flat because I experimented with different ingredients, but they were still very delicious. My favorite kind of cookies that I successfully made were peanut butter dark chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.

Fun Fact:

I really enjoy drawing and painting in my free time. Sometimes, I might stay up too late working on an art project while listening to music. But that is when the ideas start flowing and things start getting exciting.

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Aries Valenzuela

Name: Aries Valenzuela

High School: Jesuit High School (Tigard, Oregon)

Sport(s): Swimming

Position(s): 200 freestyle, 200 backstroke and 100 backstroke

Height / Weight: 6'0" / 165

Intended Major:

Nursing

Why I Chose George Fox:

I chose George Fox because the swim team made me feel welcomed, and I felt at home when I visited the campus. Academics are also important to me, and I believe that George Fox will prepare me for my future career in order to meet the demands of our rapidly changing world.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

Cooking became a hobby for me when I was in quarantine. My honey-garlic wings were my favorite creation. Cooking is now one of my favorite pastimes because it is rewarding to eat something I prepared myself

Fun Fact:

During my semifinal basketball game in sixth grade, I made the game-winning shot.
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Sarah Watkins

Name: Sarah Watkins

High School: Stanwood High School (Stanwood, Washington)

Sport(s): Swimming

Position(s): Long-distance events

Height / Weight: N/A

Intended Major:

Nursing

Why I Chose George Fox:

I chose George Fox because of the Be Known promise.

Fun Fact:

The hedgehog is my favorite animal.
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Caleb Wilson

Name: Caleb Wilson

High School: Richfield High School (Richfield, Minnesota)

Sport(s): Swimming

Position(s): 200 IM and 100 Backstroke

Height / Weight: 6-1 / 185

Intended Major:

Marketing

Why I Chose George Fox:

I chose George Fox because of the location and the Be Known promise.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

Spinning a basketball on my fingers.

Fun Fact:

I can solve more than 20 different kinds of Rubik's Cubes.
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Josh Woodward

Name: Josh Woodward

High School: Klamath Union High School (Klamath Falls, Oregon)

Sport(s): Swimming

Position(s): 100 Backstroke, 200 IM, Freestyle Relays and Medley Relay

Height / Weight: 5'9" / 165

Intended Major:

Pre-med, Biology

Why I Chose George Fox:

It is a small school with a great reputation! Fox offers my study of interest and has a swim team. It was the most approachable school of all!

Fun Fact:

I do enjoy being competitive. I swam my first race at 3 ½.
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* Student-athletes listed on this page have accepted George Fox University's written offer of admission and/or financial aid. George Fox University is a member of the NCAA Div. III.