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Tarryn Holmes
Swimming - Wed, May. 28, 2014 by Troy Baranik

The St. Andrews University Women's Swim Team has added another international competitor for next fall, as Head Coach Brooks Teal announced the signing of Tarryn Holmes from Johannesburg, South Africa on Wednesday.

Tarryn has developed an impressive resume in swimming, despite only competing in the sport for four years.  She excelled for her high school team, serving as Team Captain her senior year, and receiving full colors (the  equivalent of lettering) for four consecutive years.  Holmes has twice been recognized with the Central Gauteng Aquatics Top Senior Female Swimmer Award.  Tarryn was selected to represent Gauteng at the 2011 South African Youth Games, where she captured 2 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals, and she represented Central Gauteng at the South African Youth Nationals in both 2013 and 2014.  Holmes competes in Open Water swims and also plays Underwater Hockey for the Gauteng U19 woman's team, competing in the UAE International gala in Dubai in 2011 and 2014. 

Tarryn is an active all-around athlete, participating for her school in netball, soccer, cricket, and hockey as well as swimming.   Holmes is active in community service and the Guide Program, which is South Africa's Girl Scout program.  Tarryn is working toward the highest level of achievement for Guides and has participated in extensive leadership training through the Guide program.

"Tarryn will be a great addition to our swimming program, the University, and our team family," says Coach Teal.  "She is improving rapidly as a swimmer and will make a strong contribution in the Freestyle, Butterfly and Individual Medley events, as well as the relays.  I am very pleased that Tarryn has made the decision to come to St. Andrews and I look forward to a great four years together."

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