Signing day: Dawson’s Alec Timpe finds harmony in school choice

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Dawson School’s Keenan D’Arcy, from left, Nicole Towner, Alec Timpe signed National Letters of Intent on Friday

LAFAYETTE — Dawson School’s Alec Timpe is a bit of a jack of all trades, so to speak. So in his search for a college, he found himself weighing each university’s merits in several different categories.

Cross country, music and academics were all equally important to Timpe, which made his college selection process a difficult one. Eventually, Timpe found the blend of athletics, arts and academics that he was searching for in Lawrence in Appleton, Wis.

At Dawson on Friday, Timpe signed to run cross country at Lawrence, as well as continue his endeavors in other areas.

“I love music and Lawrence has a conservatory so I can be a part of that,” said Timpe, who plays the flute. “To take lessons with the great teachers there, the campus is beautiful, the cross country coach and the team are great, the academics are great, it’s all great. At a lot of schools you can get one or the other but this felt like the only place I could get all three at a very high level.”

Timpe placed 31st in the Class 2A race at the 2014 state cross country championships in the fall. Also on Friday, several other Dawson athletes joined Timpe at the signing table during Dawson’s ceremony in the lobby of the school’s athletics center.

Nicole Towner, a multisport athlete at Dawson who plays softball for Niwot High School, signed to play softball at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. The kicker for Towner was Trinity’s pre-veterinary program, since she has wanted to become a veterinarian since she was 7 years old.

“It allows be to balance my athletics and academics well, and they have a really great research program,” Towner said. “The softball team is in one of the most competitive conferences in Division III. They play the top of the top and I also really liked the coach.”

Towner batted .397 with 27 RBIs in 23 games for Niwot during her senior season.

Also joining the Division III ranks, Dawson’s Jordan Bacher signed with the men’s rowing team at Tufts University in Medford, Mass.

Rounding out the signing group on Friday, Keenan D’Arcy signed to play men’s lacrosse at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. A student at Frederick High School, D’Arcy is a starting defenseman on the Dawson boys lacrosse team.

Weighing several options at the Division III level, D’Arcy jumped at a dual athletic and academic offer from Catawba, a liberal arts college that competes in Division II athletics.

“It’s a liberal arts private school so it’s a great academic school and that’s what I was looking for,” D’Arcy said. “I want to dive into it and test out a bunch of different options to get to know what it is I really want to do before I decide on a major.”

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