Standout swimmer Kara Eisenmann highlighted a group of seven Lewisville High School athletes who signed college letters of intent during the one-week early signing period that concluded on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
The three-time UIL state qualifier signed with Texas A&M, making official the commitment she made to the Aggie swimming program a month ago. She chose A&M over the University of Tennessee, the University of Missouri and Southern Methodist University.
“I’m really excited,” Eisenmann said after committing to the Aggies, who are currently ranked 10th among NCAA Division I women’s swimming teams. “A&M was my last recruiting trip. I didn’t know what to expect going in, but when I was there, everyone was so welcoming. I was looking for a positive environment and A&M really showed me that.”
The decision didn’t surprise first-year LHS swimming coach Craig Harris, who has been working with Eisenmann as the national team coach at Lakeside Aquatic Club. He praised her commitment to team in a largely individual sport.
“Kara has always been willing to swim whatever we ask her for the best of the team,” Harris said. “So now it’s time for all of us to be excited for her to go to A&M. It’s a competitive program with a history of putting swimmers on the international level.”
Eisenmann and Harris agree that College Station is the place that will prepare her best for a spot in the 2020 Olympic trials. She took a monumental step toward her Olympic goal last year when she participated in her strongest event, the 100-yard butterfly, at the USA Swimming Winter Nationals in Seattle, Washington.
On the strength of that experience, Eisenmann—also a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American—finished first in both the 100-meter and 200-meter butterfly at the USA Swimming Futures Championships in Austin last spring, achieving Olympic trial times in both events.
“We took her up to the Winter Nationals because I wanted her to be around elite swimmers,” Harris said. “It paid off in Austin and we’re all looking forward to seeing where this momentum is going to take her.”
Before she’s off to college, Eisenmann will also be attempting to make her fourth trip to the UIL state meet this spring. Like most swimmers at her level, she is probably the most decorated athlete at her school, practicing and achieving among classmates often oblivious to her talents.
“Club swimming is intense — you show up to work and all eyes are on you,” Eisenmann said. “High school is different. There’s a team atmosphere to it. I can walk the halls at school, concentrate on what I need to accomplish and people are surprised when they realize the level that I am competing.”
Among other notable LHS athletes signing Division I letters of intent were baseball pitcher Collin Storms with the University of Oklahoma and softball outfielder Katrina Jackson with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Storms’ teammate Chris Giordano signed with Highland Community College. The softball team had two other signees: Makayla Corbin with San Angelo State and Kaylee Rodriguez with Tarleton State.
Lady Farmer soccer player Hannah Curtis signed with Lubbock Christian.