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NPAC Swimmer Sings with Nanooks

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FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Nanooks added more local talent to its swim team Wednesday when coach Scott Lemley announced North Pole’s Denise Howard will join the Nanooks for the 2010-11 season.

Howard signed a National Letter of Intent to swim for the Nanooks and will have four years of eligibility.

“Denise is one of our most valuable recruits this year,” said Lemley. “She’s a sprinter and will probably make an impact on the team right away.”

A four-year swimmer for North Pole High School, Howard was a state qualifier in three of her four seasons with the Patriots. After claiming Freshman of the Year 2006, she earned the team’s Most Valuable Swimmer and Sportsmanship awards during her prep career.

She was a member of the North Pole Aquatic Club for 10 seasons.

“We’ve struggled a bit over the years having enough sprinters at any one time to put together a really fast freestyle relay,” Lemley said. “Her best times of 26.20 and 56.88 will put her in contention for making our ‘A’ freestyle relays as a freshman next season.”

Howard plans to pursue a career in sports medicine and physical therapy.