Scholarship Will Allow Young Star to Continue Speed Skating Career
The world's top junior woman skater plans to continue juggling her two sport passions when she heads to college next year.
Under an athletic scholarship, Brittany Bowe will play basketball at Florida Southern College while continuing to compete in speed skating, her coach said.
The 17-year-old chose Florida Southern due in part to its willingness to accommodate her continued skating.
The liberal arts college is in Lakeland, Fla., which is 99 miles south of Ocala, the home of Team Florida, Brittany's inline speed skating team.
"We're really excited that she will be able to continue to skate with us," said Team Florida's coach, Renee Hildebrand.
At last summer's World Speed Skating Championships in China, Brittany won six gold medals, two silvers and one bronze, far more than any other junior woman.
She is also an exceptional basketball player. A point guard, she holds the record at Trinity Catholic High School, where she is a senior, for most points scored (1209), most assists (569) and most steals (389).
(posted on Nov. 18, 2005)
Go to Ocala newspaper story about Brittany's signing
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