Courtney Novotny always wanted to play water polo and swim when she got to college.
But the Gov. Mifflin senior was uncertain what school she wanted to attend until she stepped onto the Virginia Military Institute campus in Lexington, Va. Then she made her decision quickly.
"I went on an open house visit to VMI and the campus felt like 电子货币交易平台apphome," Novotny said. "I got the opportunity to speak with cadets and they were so welcoming and encouraging. I love the structure at VMI and I will be able to play the two sports I love while participating in ROTC, which is a dream come true."
Novotny said she was leaning toward committing to Wagner before visiting VMI. She also considered Mount St. Mary's.
But the academic and athletic opportunities at VMI were the deciding factors, Novotny said. She plans to major in biology while participating in Navy ROTC. After graduation, Novotny plans to commission in either the Navy or Coast Guard and attend graduate school to become a physician's assistant.
Novotny led the Mustangs in scoring in each of the last two years. She had 58 goals and 13 assists this season after tallying 70 goals and 18 assists in 2019. Last year, she was voted to the All-Berks team as well as the Pennsylvania State Water Polo League Central Conference first team and PSWPL All-State third team. She plays club water polo for Buxmont.
In swimming, Novotny was part of Gov. Mifflin's All-American 200 free relay, which placed fourth at the District 3 Championships last spring. Her team also earned a District 3 eighth-place medal in the 200 medley relay.
At VMI, Novotny said she will be a water polo player first but still will have plenty of time for swimming.
"The structure at VMI will allow me to play two Division I sports at a time," Novotny said. "Since it is a military school, I would be doing physical training during practice times anyway, so it makes sense to do both sports. I am on a water polo scholarship so more of my time will be dedicated to water polo."
Novotny said she played a lot of hole-set at Gov. Mifflin, but considers herself a utility player who can play multiple positions. In swimming, Novotny said she expects to compete in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle as well as the 200 individual medley.