Fortier picks Alabama

Fortier picks Alabama

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Fortier picks Alabama

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One of the most successful swimmers in Big Bend history is leaving the state for college.

Lincoln High All-American Scott Fortier, a three-time Big Bend Swimmer of the Year, accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Alabama. He selected the Crimson Tide after also officially visiting Utah and Tennessee.

“It just felt right,” Fortier said. “The coaching situation is really good. I like the head coach. He seemed like a good, hard-working coach. It just felt right there.

“I liked Tennessee and Utah. Alabama was my third visit, and it was my favorite.”

Fortier, who competes with ATAC during the club season, expects to compete in the 200 butterfly, 400 individual medley and 500 freestyle at Alabama.

He competed in the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. Olympic Trials this past summer, shaving 1.5 seconds off his personal-best time and placing 52nd in the event won by Michael Phelps.

Fortier said he plans to major in exercise science. He added that he has at least one eye on the possibility of applying to medical school following his undergraduate work.

Fortier had one other pretty strong reason for selecting Alabama. One of his ATAC teammates, Hunter Hinson, swims for the Crimson Tide and will be a senior next fall. And another former Tallahassee star, Leon grad Joe Ziegler, finished his senior season with Alabama last spring.

Fortier said he was thrilled to finally make his college decision.

“I’m very glad the process is over,” he said. “I do feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. It feels so good to know I’m going to Alabama.

“I don’t know if it was stress, but it was just this nagging thing that was always there. I wanted to commit. I wasn’t so excited about college for a long time because I didn’t know where I wanted to go. But now that I finally decided and finally committed it’s pretty awesome.”

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