TOMAHAWK - Athletes feel a sense of pride and achievement when they sign on the dotted line to play sports on the collegiate level.
Two Northwoods swimmers did just that this week, both committing to Division I universities.
Tomahawk senior swimmer Kylee Theiler will dip into the division one realm at the University of Wyoming.
"I wanted to be a part of an athletic community where all of the sports really gather together and support each other and that was just such a feeling that I got when I visited the campus that I couldn't turn away from it," Theiler said.
Kylee holds multiple records at Tomahawk High School and at the Woodson YMCA in Weston.
She qualified for the WIAA state swim meet all four years.
She says she couldn't be more thankful for both teams.
"It's been amazing, Theiler said. "There are so many incredible coaches and teammates that it really just gives you a sense of community, such a family feeling and I can't replace it with anything else."
She says she can't wait to compete on an even higher caliber level.
"I'm excited just to start a new adventure in life. I've been in Tomahawk all my life and I'm just ready too see something different in the world," Theiler said.
Kylee says she plans on majoring in business at the University of Wyoming.
Tomahawk senior Travis Phillips will continue his career at Binghamton University in upstate New York.
Travis swam for the Hatchets and is a member of the Woodson YMCA swim team in Weston.
He said he chose Binghamton for the impressive engineering school and competitive swim program.
He says he's most excited for the new friendships.
"Just being able to be a part of another team that is going to be a family to me and being a part of a team that really wants to be there and is going to be pushing everybody will be a lot of fun," Phillips said.
Travis qualified for the state swim meet in 2018.
He brought home a pair of fourth place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle and the hundred-yard butterfly.