HELENA — Another standout student-athlete from Helena is making the jump to college athletics, though Robert Wagner’s jump is a little farther than most.
Wagner committed Tuesday to swim at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York.
Though the transition will take him to the East Coast, Wagner thinks it will be a good chance for him.
“St. Francis welcomed me with open arms," the Helena High product said. "They were very energetic and excited to have me. And right away, they hashed out what their college was, like exact details, and were very enthusiastic to give me an offer.”
Part of the reason why Wagner is leaving Montana is that Montana is one of the few states that does not have a college swimming program in the state, which in Wagner’s eyes is because people don’t care about the sport. This is why Wagner’s determined to show people that they’re wrong.
“There's no other way to put it: Not a whole lot of people care about it,” said Wagner. “I think I got to continue this for myself and for everybody who swims in Montana to show that you can do this, even if it's not really done in your region.”
Wagner said he plans to study either business or marketing. Last season, the Saint Francis College Terriers Men’s Swim team finished 2-1.