Daniel Persson, the tennis prodigy, has risen to the 2nd rank in all of Junior College in doubles and secured the 4th position in singles. In the pool, Cooper Morley powered through to first place in the 100m backstroke event, conquering the West Virginia Mountaineers with finesse. Meanwhile, on the golf course, Alec Prentice distinguished himself by achieving the highest standing among his teammates in this year’s Carolina Cup. These three athletes showcase individual excellence and the vibrant spirit of college athletics at its best!

Daniel Persson, hailing from the vibrant city of Auckland, New Zealand, has brought his international flair to the heart of American college sports. Currently competing in his sophomore year for Tyler Junior College, the same institution where NBA star Jimmy Butler once honed his skills, Persson has emerged as a formidable force on the tennis court. Last year, he and his team came agonizingly close to the national title, securing the runner-up position at the prestigious national finals. Undeterred, Daniel continued his relentless pursuit of excellence, culminating in his recent triumph at the ITA regional championships, where he clinched victory in both singles and doubles. These achievements have catapulted him to the ranks of 2nd in doubles and 4th in singles across the entire Junior College athletic system!

Dan Persson receiving his singles and doubles ITA Regional titles.

Cooper Morley is another Platform athlete who has recently burst onto the American college swimming scene with extraordinary prowess. Competing for Penn State since the spring of this year, he’s had an incredible start to his collegiate journey. Early in the year, his remarkable performance against Virginia Tech earned him the prestigious B1G Freshman of the Week title. Cooper also holds the 4th fastest 100m backstroke time in Penn State history, at an impressive 45.89 seconds! His incredible performances have persisted throughout this year as he recently secured a win in the 100m backstroke event at a swim meet against the West Virginia Mountaineers!

Alec Prentice, from the city of Wellington, New Zealand, embarked on a journey with us to secure a scholarship opportunity in 2022. His dedication paid off, and as a freshman, Alec now competes for USC Upstate, an NCAA Division I college which competes in the Big South Conference. Throughout the year, he’s showcased a relentless commitment to his craft, demonstrating consistent improvement with each tournament. His recent performance at the Carolina Cup is a testament to his hard work, as he emerged as the leading force among his teammates, shooting an impressive total of 226!

Alec after winning the Taranaki Strokeplay Championship

The achievements of our athletes, Daniel Persson, Cooper Morley, and Alec Prentice, are nothing short of exceptional. Their dedication, hard work, and unwavering commitment have propelled them to great heights in the American college sports system. We are immensely proud of their accomplishments and look forward to witnessing their continued growth and success, knowing they will continue to make us proud!

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