Napa’s Morris, Justin’s Starr to swim for Division III
Napa Valley Register
By Marty James
As head coach of the Napa Valley Swim
Team, Asher Green has gotten to know Megan Morris, Seth Anderson
and Sam Starr very well. He knows just how committed they are to
swimming, to practicing and improving their strokes and always
going after faster times.
knows just how focused they are when it comes to their school work
and doing well in each of their classes.
“They’re doing a great
job for seniors,” Green said Tuesday. “I haven’t
seen that senioritis that I would see in some athletes.
“They’re really pretty brainy kids. I’m gratified
to see that they want to continue to swim, even though
they’re going to be in a very demanding academic environment.
At that level, the athletes there just love the
Morris, a Napa High senior, will attend
Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Anderson, a Vintage High senior,
will go to Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore. Starr, who
graduated last week from Justin-Siena, will attend Whitman College
in Walla Walla, Wash.
All three will swim in college, continuing
in a sport that they began with the Napa Valley Swim Team.
“They are great kids,” said
Green. “I’m really going to miss them. Each of these
three athletes picked schools for academic reasons. They’re
not there for athletic scholarships. They’re simply there for
the love of the sport. It’s great to see my kids going
Kenyon, Lewis & Clark and Whitman are
NCAA Division III schools. Kenyon is a traditional DIII powerhouse;
its women’s team has won 23 national team titles since the
program’s inception in 1975.
In March, Kenyon finished fourth for the
third year in a row at the NCAA Div. III swimming and diving
championships inside Indiana University's Natatorium.
“I know they’re looking ahead
to their college years, but they’re doing it wisely,”
Green said during a team workout at Napa Valley College.
“They’re looking to prepare.
“Kenyon is a storied program.
Swimming is very highly respected on their campus. They have a
Morris, Anderson and Starr have been with
the NVST anywhere from eight to 10 years. Their names are all over
the team’s record books.
A look at each swimmer:
• Megan Morris
Morris was recently honored as Napa
High’s Female Athlete of the Year for the 2011-12 school
She has been a strong swimmer for the
NVST’s year-round team and has also excelled on her high
school team. In both her sophomore and junior years, Morris secured
the Monticello Empire League championship for Napa High as the
anchor leg on the last event of the meet, the 400 freestyle relay,
overcoming huge deficits to win the event and the meet both
Her best events are the 50 freestyle and
100 freestyle. She also swims the 100 backstroke and 100
Morris holds NVST senior girls 400-yard
freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay records.
“I love the sport,” said
Morris. “I can’t imagine my life without it. It’s
part of my life now.”
Morris is looking forward to joining
Kenyon’s sprint program.
Kenyon is a member of the North Coast
Morris, who has not yet declared a major,
was an All-MEL swimmer and a team captain who received the
coaches’ award at Napa High.
• Seth Anderson
Besides swimming for the NVST, Anderson has
played water polo for Vintage.
He is an honor student and a member of the
leadership team. He has lettered for four years in both swimming
and water polo. He was captain of the Vintage boys water polo team
and played center defender/utility. In 2011 he was selected
All-Napa County, All-Monticello Empire League and All-Sac-Joaquin
Section for water polo.
Anderson was also co-captain of the Vintage
swim team and led the Crushers at sections in the 400 free relay
and the 200 medley relay while competing in the 100 fly and 100
He has been a member of the Napa Valley
Swim Team for eight years. In club swimming, he has competed at the
Junior Olympics and Far Westerns. The 100 fly and 100 back are two
of his top events. He also swims the 100 and 200 freestyle and 200
Anderson holds NVST records for the 13-14
boys 200-yard freestyle relay, 13-14 boys 200-yard medley relay,
13-14 boys 400-yard medley relay, senior boys 400-meter medley
relay, and senior boys 200-yard freestyle relay.
He intends on pursuing international
studies and business as his major.
• Sam Starr
Starr said he likes Whitman — a
member of the Northwest Conference along with Lewis & Clark
— because it’s a smaller school and offers a good
balance between academics and athletics.
He has enjoyed being a member of the
“I’ve found a great community
here and made friends,” said Starr, who likes training with
other swimmers who are goal-oriented like he is.
His best events are the 100 yard and meter
backstroke and the 100-yard freestyle. His other events are the
200-yard backstroke, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle and 100
butterfly. Starr also played water polo at Justin-Siena.
Starr holds NVST records for the 13-14 boys
200-yard freestyle relay, 13-14 boys 200-yard medley relay, 13-14
boys 400-yard medley relay, 15-16 boys 100-yard backstroke, 15-16
boys 200-yard backstroke, 17-18 boys 100-yard freestyle, 17-18 boys
100-yard backstroke, 17-18 boys 200-yard backstroke, 17-18 boys
100-yard butterfly, senior boys 100-yard backstroke, senior boys
200-yard freestyle relay, 15-16 boys 100-meter backstroke, 17-18
boys 100-meter backstroke, senior boys 100-meter backstroke, and
senior boys 400-meter medley relay.
Starr swam all four years for Justin-Siena.
He was an All-Marin County Athletic League swimmer.