Coleman Modglin

Coleman Modglin poses with his family at his signing ceremony on Friday. Modglin will swim at Purdue.

Coleman Modglin is one of the high school breaststrokers in the state.

When he decided to make his college choice, he chose to stay close to home.

Modglin officially signed Friday afternoon with Purdue University to continue his swimming and academic careers.

“It feels great to make it officially,” Modglin said. “The recruiting and committing was great, and this is the final step so it is a great feeling. I was shaking a little bit before hand, but it feels awesome now that it is official.”

There have been several girls from the Zionsville program that have swam for Purdue in recent years, but Modglin will be the first male swimmer for the Boilermakers coming from Zionsville.

He said when he was looking at schools, Purdue had everything he was looking for.

“The team was awesome and I loved that,” Modglin said. “The facilities are great up there, and it is a great academic school as well. They had the three things I was looking for and I am excited to go up there.”

Modglin is a three-time HCC champion, including winning the 200-yard IM and 100-yard breaststroke last year.

He placed third in the breatstroke at the IHSAA State Finals last year, and helped the medley relay team to a seventh place podium finish.

For his senior year, he has big goals.

“After this summer, getting my first Olympic Trials cut and I reset some of my goals,” Modglin said. “I am chasing that state record now and that’s my biggest goal right now. I also excited to swim on a relay with my little brother.”

Coleman’s brother Will will be a freshman on this year’s Eagles team and part of a strong crop of younger swimmers on the roster.

Coleman is going to be one of the few seniors in the line-up, but he said he is really excited for the potential of the season.

“I am so excited for the year,” Modglin said. “Last year some of them came up as freshmen, but they weren’t quite there yet. This year, I think they are definitely ready and we are going to be a force to be reckoned with.”

Modglin said that when he looks back his time at Zionsville swimming for the Eagles and the Zionsville Swim Club, he is going to remember all the friends he made on the team, and the chances he had to swim with his brother.

He is currently undecided on a major.

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Zionsville Times Sentinel and Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.

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