Official Press Release
TAC TITANS swimmer Morgan Montgomery has verbally committed to swim for the University of Vermont. She plans to study nursing at one of the oldest schools in the nation. Montgomery excels at backstroke, and helped the TAC TITANS women’s 400 Medley relay come in 16th place in the USA Swimming Jr. Nationals competition this summer. She is excited to keep practicing and competing this year before she heads out next fall to train with Women’s Swimming & Diving Head Coach Gerry Cournover and his staff in Burlington.
Although Morgan is a Vermont native, she moved to Raleigh at 3 years old and started swimming in Raleigh’s popular summer league when she was only 4. “She began swimming year-round at age 8 and never looked back,” her mom says.
Combining high grades and elite swimming is challenging, but Montgomery’s dedication as a student-athlete has been key to her success all along. Founded in 1791, UVM’s education is so highly regarded, it’s considered a “public Ivy league” school. After Montgomery’s official visit, she knew this was the right place for her, "I fell in love with everything about the school and town. Burlington is such a cool place. I'm so excited that I get to study and do what I love with an amazing team and group of coaches next fall. Go cats go!!"
Her coaches believe that swimming for the TAC TITANS and her high school team simultaneously have helped prepare Morgan for the rigor she’ll face in college. TITANS Head Coach, Raz Cuparencu, says he’s most impressed with her determination and persistence. “Our team is only 3 years old, and Morgan has had an enormous impact while it’s grown to 600 swimmers. This team wouldn’t be the same without her ability to lead and mentor her teammates.” Kevin Maksinchuk, Apex HS swim coach, believes Morgan’s ability to concentrate and visualize will give her a leg up in racing in college. “College swimming is all about the team, so Morgan’s ability to focus and perform under pressure will make a huge impact on the Catamounts. She is dedicated to helping the team be the best they can be.” He adds, “Vermont is very lucky to have her.”
TAC Titans Head Coach
The TAC Titans swim team, founded in 2013, is a non-profit USA Swimming team that strives to develop each athlete to their greatest individual potential. The professional coaching staff, led by Head Coach Raz Cuparencu, develops swimmers who can achieve at their peak in the water, in the classroom and in life. The team trains at the world-class Triangle Aquatic Center located at 275 Convention Center Drive in Cary, NC and can be contacted at www.TACTitans.com or 919-459-4045.