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February Male Athlete of the Month: Jordan Ovanic

For some athletes, competing on the Division I level is just a dream. For senior Jordan Ovanic, it’s becoming a reality.

Ovanic has been swimming since he was in first grade and has only improved since. He has swam on the high school team since his freshman year and at the Ottawa YMCA long before that. “High school swim meets have less events and are shorter and more fast paced compared to the YMCA, making for great competition,” Ovanic said. Ovanic swims the 200 meter IM (medley), 100 meter freestyle, 100 meter backstroke, and the 50 meter freestyle.

Ovanic’s hardwork and dedication paid off because next year he will be swimming for Division I South Dakota State University. He decided on this school because “It’s hard to find a college with a good agriculture program and a men’s swim team, and SDSU has both,” Ovanic said. Ovanic plans to major in agriculture, making it an essential part of his college decision.

Freshman Drew Hood speaks highly of Ovanic and says he has the traits needed to thrive at a higher level. “Jordan is leader in a way that his actions speak louder than words. I think he’ll do really well next year,” Hood said.

Ovanic also swims for two seperate teams outside of high school, the Ottawa YMCA Dolphins and the Joliet Jets. Other than swimming, Ovanic is also a part of Future Farmers of America and National Honor Society. He also works as a lifeguard at Riordan Pool over the summer.