Instead of heading to Oklahoma, where he's been accepted as a National Merit Scholar, Edmond Memorial swimmer Willy Utsch will head to the Spokane, Wash., area.
As a Mormon, Utsch is heading to eastern Washington for a two-year mission.
“I'm really looking forward to it,” Utsch said after competing in the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Swim Meet on Monday night at Jenks High School. “It's something I've wanted to do for years, and I'm excited.”
Utsch will attend either OU or Brigham Young University when he finishes with the mission. His plan right now is to major in engineering.
“Who knows what could change in two years, though?” Utsch said.
Utsch leaves for his mission on Nov. 7, soon after he turns 19.
Utsch trained for Monday's meet for the past few weeks.
“It's pretty nostalgic to go through this again,” he said. “It brings back the memories of going to state for four years. It wrapped everything up nicely.”
The East won both the girls and boys meets, with the boys turning in a dominating performance, beating the West 61-33.
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