Abby Kriegler and Rachel Kuehn made their college commitments official on Wednesday when they took part in the first day of the national early signing period.
Kriegler will swim for North Carolina State University. She is a two-time NCISAA State Champion in the 500 Freestyle Event and holds school records in the 200 IM and the 100, 200 and 500 Freestyle events. Kriegler earned Scholastic All-America Honors for the 2017-2018 year from USA Swimming, and she won Asheville's 2018 high school Ironman swim meet, setting a meet record in the 500 Freestyle.
Kuehn will join the golf program at Wake Forest University. This fall, she won her third-consecutive NCISAA Division II state title in golf. She was named 2017 NC Junior Girls Player of the Year by the Tarheel Youth Golf Association, was named to the 2017 USA Today American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls Golf First Team and was the 2017 NC Women's Amateur Champion.
Both athletes said they are excited to make their college commitments official. "I've never been so sure about anything," Kuehn said. "Wake Forest is the perfect fit for me. It has a great golf program, great academics, it's close to home, it's the right size. I feel great about this decision."
Kriegler says she can't wait to start swimming with her future teammates. "The team has a family atmosphere," she said. "The girls on the team work hard every single day. I really want to work hard and get better, so I know State is a good fit."
While Kriegler and Kuehn signed their letters of intent, Asheville School Athletic Director Carl Boland thanked them for all their hard work over their years at Asheville School.
"The hours they put in often go unnoticed, and their work ethic is extraordinary," Boland said. "On behalf of the athletic department, I want to say congratulations and that we're thankful that both of you shared your talents with us."