The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

By Scott Swanson
Of The New Era 

Jessica Coats signs to swim for Division 1 Wagner College


May 16, 2017

JESSICA COATS, flanked by her parents, Joseph and Susan Couch, Sweet Home Coach Doug Peargin, left rear, and club coach Rick Guenther, signs a letter of intent to swim for Wagner College in New York.

Jessica Coats signed a letter of intent Tuesday, May 9, to swim for Wagner College in New York.

Coats has swum for four years at Sweet Home, placing seven times in the top three as an individual at the state meet and winning the state title in the 100 backstroke this year after multiple runner-up finishes. She also was a critical part of numerous relay state champion teams.

Coats said she chose Wagner, a Division I program on Staten Island, N.Y., because of its location and the fit.

“I really like the team and the coach,” she said. “He’s very personable. It’s a small campus and...

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