May 13, 2014 — Two of Glens Falls’ talented student-athletes will swim for the College of Saint Rose next year. Garret Frandsen and Tylor Duguay celebrated signing their national Letters of Intent with dozens of friends and family members at the Glens Falls Civic Center on April 29.
Both of the future Golden Knights were Section II champions during their swimming careers at Glens Falls, although each counted their team’s sectional victory as the highlight of their high school years. “Winning sectionals with my team for a second year in a row—that was awesome,” said Garret. “It’s the team aspect,” agreed Tylor. Each swimmer took individual Section II titles, with Garret winning the 200 Free in 1:48:89 his junior year, after winning the 500 Free in 5:12:02 his freshman year. Tylor was Section II champ in the 500 Free his junior year, with a time of 5:03:21.
“Their time here at Glens Falls was decorated with many accolades,” said Varsity Boys Swimming and Diving Coach Kevin Crossman. “Both of these individuals are extremely hard working and motivated.”
Both swimmers had high praise for Coach Crossman as well, with Garret remarking that his decision to attend Saint Rose was shaped by interactions with his future Golden Knights coach. “He reminded me of Coach Crossman,” Garret said. “[Coach Crossman’s] a role model for all of us. No more needs to be said.”
Each of the student-athletes visited several other schools, such as Hartwick and LeMoyne colleges. In the end, academics and swim team dynamics made the decision for them. “Saint Rose really stood out to me – nothing came close to it,” said Garret, who plans a medical career as a physician’s assistant. “It just seemed like a really good fit for me.” Tylor agreed, noting he’s wanted to go to Saint Rose since last year. “I want to enter in to the MBA program, and they have a really good program,” he said.
Tylor said he got a lot out of the recruiting process. “Keith was great, and helped me understand what it will be like to be part of the program,” he said, referring to Keith Murray, head coach of the women’s and men’s teams at the College of Saint Rose. “They had five recruits coming in this year, and they’re all signing, so it’s going to be exciting,” Tylor continued.