ANDOVER — After months of intense recruiting, Andover swimmer Maggie D’Innocenzo would never say her college choice came down to the flip of a coin.
But a pair of coin flips didn’t hurt.
“On Thursday night I sat down with my mom and we had narrowed the choices down to USC and Texas and I saw stuck,” she said. “I made a list of pros and cons, and it came out to a 9-9 tie and the (scholarship) money was basically even.
“My mother said to me, ‘As a joke, lets flip a coin. Heads for Texas, tails for USC.’ We flipped and it landed on heads, and I was kind of excited. Later I was talking to my father and he said we should flip a coin as a joke, not knowing I had already done it with my mom. It was heads for USC and tails for Texas and it came up heads. Then I started to realize USC was where I wanted to go. There was a sign there.”
Late last week, D’Innocenzo, the Golden Warrior senior and record-setting three-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star, officially committed to swim collegiality at USC next fall.
“It is just such a relief,” said D’Innocenzo, who is the No. 32-ranked recruit in the country by collegeswimming.com.
“It was a long process that officially started on July 1. USC had been e-mailing me months before that, and we had kept in touch. I visited and loved the school, and I can’t wait to move out to Los Angeles.”
D’Innocenzo is the second member of her family to be a top college swimming recruit, following her brother Nick who is currently a senior swimmer at the University of Texas, a school that also strongly pursued Maggie.