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Midland’s Curry signs to swim in college

May 3, 2019

ONA - Taylor Curry never thought her younger brother Chase would be a college swimmer.

“When we took him in our mini-van to practice for the first time in Teays Valley, he screamed and cried because he didn’t want to get out,” Taylor said. “I took his stuff and threw it out the door, then I took him and threw him out the door.”

That story drew laughter from Chase Curry’s Cabell Midland High School swimming teammates, family and friends gathered in the school’s library to see him sign Thursday with Fairmont State University.

Curry, a four-time Class AAA state qualifier with a personal best of 5:28.54 in the 500 freestyle, didn’t dispute the story.

“I didn’t really like swimming at first,” he said. “I wasn’t a big fan of it early on, but it grew on me. The relationships I built through swimming kept me going and made it fun for me.”

Such relationships contributed to him selecting Fairmont State over the University of Mount Union. Chase said he has friends at FSU, where former West Virginia Wild Swim Club teammate Jared Wollaber is a member of the team. He knew no one at Mount Union.

An honor student with a 4.0 GPA eyeing a degree in mechanical engineering with a quest to be a pilot, Curry thanked a plethora of people who made his signing possible. Parents Chuck and Becky Curry topped the list, followed by sisters Haley and Taylor, family, teammates and coaches. Youth coaches Michael White, Philip Berry, Scott Ellis and Chris Rogers drew praise.

“Had you told me when he was physically barring the door, so that we couldn’t get him to walk into the pool deck that he’d stick it out through high school, let alone college, I’d have never believed you,” White said to Becky Curry. “I’m thrilled to hear the news. So, so proud of him.”

Haley Curry said she, too, is proud of her brother.

“Taylor and I played softball and did dance and some things, but none of us ever swam,” Haley said. “Chase was worried he would never find his thing, but he did and is amazing. I’m so glad he found his thing.”

Curry said he visited Fairmont State and loved what he saw.

“I had to find a place to swim for four more years,” he said.