A Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé senior will keep his swimming career rolling as he signed his letter of intent to swim for a Colorado school this week.
Caleb Peimann will join the swim team of the Colorado College Tigers in the fall as he attends college there.
“I’m pretty excited about it. It’s an awesome school, and I’m happy to go there,” Peimann said in a phone interview. “It’s a small school. They have a unique learning system. I think that learning style will help me with that and that time to decompress a bit in between.”
The school, located in Colorado Springs, is a small liberal arts college with an uncommon course block arrangement that Peimann said he’s looking forward to. It also has a good computer science program that Peimann says he may study with.
“I went down there in October and checked out the school, checked out the campus,” Peimann said. “(Colorado Springs) is definitely bigger than Juneau; I definitely wanted to go somewhere bigger.”
Colorado Springs is located south of Denver, and has about 464,000 residents according to the most recent census. That equals about two-thirds the population of Alaska.
“Definitely being away from family and friends, people I’ve known my whole life, that’s going to be a bummer,” Peimann said.
Peimann, who won the state meet in 2019 for the 500 freestyle, will likely continue to compete in that category. Peimann has also been a longtime participant in the Glacier Swim Club.
“I’ve been swimming since I was 11 or 12. It feels like a long time but it’s not that long compared to some people,” Peimann said. “I got to win state for 500 free my junior year. I’ve swam well other places, but that was my best accomplishment.”
Peimann thanked his coaches Robbie Jarvill and Scott Griffith for their support, as well as his parents.
“I want to thank my parents just for getting me up at 6 a.m. and driving me to practice,” Peimann said. “They didn’t have to do that.”