EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 30, 2012

Swimmers Daly, Korsberg make college plans

By David Willis dwillis@eagletribune.com
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — ANDOVER — Deborah Daly had long heard that rain during a college visit was a bad sign.

“They say when you go on a college visit and it’s raining you won’t like the school,” she said. “It was pouring and disgusting outside the day I visited Princeton, but I loved it. It was beautiful and I knew I wanted to go there.”

Last week, Daly became one of two Golden Warrior swimmers to join superstar Maggie D’Innocenzo in making their college decisions, as Daly committed to dive at Princeton and fellow Eagle-Tribune All-Star Ashlee Korsberg committed to swim at Harvard.

“Harvard was always my favorite,” said Korsberg. “It is such a great college with great swimming. It was still a tough decision, but I knew I wanted to go to Harvard.”

Korsberg, who won four individual or relay events at Division 1 States last spring, had a tremendous resource while making her decision in her sister, 2011 Harvard swimming co-captain and four-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star Kristi Korsberg.

“She had such a great college experience at Harvard that it helped some,” said Ashlee. “I used to always go to her meets and my club team practices there sometimes. In the end, I loved everything about Harvard. When I went on my recruiting trip, I knew I could see myself there for the next four years.”

For Daly, who won the diving at Division 1 States last season, the Ivy League was always the target.

“I wasn’t sitting there and saying I only wanted to go Ivy,” said Daly, who scored a 31 on her ACTs. “But they had everything I wanted. I wanted a small school with top academics and Division 1 diving. I looked at Yale, Dartmouth, Columbia and Brown, but I loved Princeton.

“The diving there is great. They have had a diver place first or second at Ivys each of the last few years, and they regularly take divers to NCAAs.”

While Ashlee is following the footsteps of her older sister, she will not be joined at Harvard by twin sister and fellow Golden Warriors standout Alexa, who is still making her school decision.

“It will be hard to be away from my sister because we have always been together for 17 years,” said Ashlee. “But we will be fine. It will be good for us to do separate things for a few years.”

Now with the anxiety of college recruiting out of the way, both have there eyes set on another prize.

“I was so stressed out the last couple months,” said Daly. “Now I have fewer worries, and now we want to win states. It was be amazing to not lose a single meet in four years.”