Goshen News, Goshen, IN


March 7, 2013


Redskins’ Ronci to swim at Olivet Nazarene Univ.

GOSHEN — Where else but in the basketball-crazed state of Indiana would a swimming coach use a round ball reference to describe one of his competitors?

Such was the case when Goshen High School coach Nate Duell was talking about senior Hayley Ronci as she signed a national letter of intent to continue her athletic and academic careers at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

“If Haley’s sport was basketball she would be a gym rat,” Duell said. “Since it’s swimming I refer to her as a pool rat. She spends all the extra time she can in the pool. She loves practice. That will help her at the next level. Being a practice swimmer at the college level is huge.”

A family connection is how Ronci found out about the school.

“My grandmother is a sponsor at the school and she is the one who first told me about Olivet Nazarene,” Ronci said. “I started looking at the school and it was a nice small size. It also has a huge nursing program, which is what I want to study.”

Bourbonnais is 50 miles south of Chicago.

Olivet Nazarene was founded in 1907, but this past season was the first year for swimming. Scott Teeters is the head coach and the former NCAA Division I coach at Eastern Michigan University and Oakland University (located in Rochester, Michigan) led the Tigers to three national championships and 21 All-American finishes in the recent national championship meet at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Notre Dame and Millikin University (located in Decatur, Illinois) were other schools Ronci looked at.

“The swim team at Olivet was very friendly. They seemed to be very open in helping me get the information I needed to make my decision,” Ronci said. “One thing I know is practices are going to be harder. Colleges have three hours of practice time where in high school we were limited to two.”

Ronci finished eighth in the 500-yard freestyle (5:36.04) and 10th in the 200 free (2:10.60) at this season’s NLC meet. In the sectional, she was fourth in the 500 (5:26.40) and 11th in the 200 (2:09.67).

Ronci only swam one season for the Redskins after her family moved from California.

“My dad has family here,” she said. “He grew up in Goshen and graduated from Concord High School.”

Her swimming career began by chance.

“The school sent flyers around for different sports. I had a couple of friends swimming and they seemed to enjoy it,” she said. “I went to the CIM, which is the California version of the Indiana state meet, my sophomore and junior years. I finished in the top 20 both times.”

She knows she will need to improve to compete in college.

“One of the things I need is to improve my timing on my starts,” Ronci said. “My stroke techniques also need to get better.”

Ronci is getting a full ride to Olivet Nazarene.

“The scholarship is half athletic and half academic,” she said.

Duell added, “In some ways I feel guilty taking any credit for this. I just show them the way and they do all the work. One area where I feel she has the chance to excel in college in the longer events like the 1,000 or the 1,650 freestyles.”

Text Only
  • GN140418 bulls-gibson Improved Gibson proves key for Bulls' success DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Taj Gibson flashed back to the grueling workouts in the searing Southern California heat last summer. There he was with Derrick Rose, running and jumping and trying to take his game to another level for the Chicago Bulls while thei

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140418 base nr-wv kennedy PREP BASEBALL: A pitcher's duel EMMA -- The pitchers were dominant early on until the offenses could getting things going in a high school baseball game between the Northridge Raiders and the Westview Warriors Friday night at Westview. Both starting pitchers hurled four innings of

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Thunder Pacers Basketball [Duplicate] NBA: Pacers switch into playoff mode against Hawks INDIANAPOLIS -- The Pacers believe things have changed. Instead of chasing the top seed in the Eastern Conference, all they have to do is protect their home court. Instead of pressing, they've been joking around. And instead of trying debating what w

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Paul George making big play for endorsement deals

    Paul George already has a winning resume

    April 19, 2014

  • GN140418 bulls playoff push NBA: Bulls ready to start playoff push against Wizards CHICAGO -- Lose a franchise player, trade away another star. Snag home-court advantage for at least one round in the playoffs? It's not the way the Chicago Bulls mapped it out at the start of the season. But here they are, holding the fourth seed and

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140418 ghs wawa nr btrk 01 PREP BOYS TRACK AND FIELD: Warriors triumph GOSHEN -- The Wawasee Warriors showcased a couple of very talented athletes in an NLC meet with the Goshen Redskins and the Northridge Raiders Thursday night at Foreman Field. Juniors Clayton Cook and JJ Gilmer were involved in six first places finis

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • GN140418 bglf goshen hartsough PREP BOYS GOLF: Goshen easily downs Central in 2014 opener ELKHART -- Sometimes, the third time really is the charm. After the first two scheduled meets of the season were postponed due to inclement weather earlier this week, the Goshen High School boys golf team was finally able to start the 2014 season Th

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Golf turns into snooze-fest without celebrities like Tiger and Phil

    The Masters lumbered on last week without two of pro golf's biggest names, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and fans changed the channel. The PGA needs someone with star power if it's going to lure people back to the game.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • TGN Sports Roundtable, Ep. 26

    April 17, 2014

  • Pacers Magic Basketball -3 [Duplicate] NBA: Pacers rest 3 starters, cruise past Magic ORLANDO, Fla. -- Rasual Butler and Chris Copeland each scored 19 points as the Indiana Pacers rested their key players and cruised to a 101-86 victory over the Orlando Magic in the regular-season finale for both teams. The Eastern Conference's top se

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo


Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case

Goshen City Council member Dixie Robinson is asking residents to make an effort to clean up their yards this spring. The city’s Dial-A-Truck program is available to haul trash away. Do you think there are more unsightly properties in Goshen this year than five years ago?

Yes, I have noticed more problem properties
No, I have not noticed more problems
I think the problems are about the same as always
     View Results