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Distance freestyle swimmer from Michigan joins UAF

Published: Oct. 7, 2020 at 6:41 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Alaska Nanooks swimming program has added five freshman its roster as new Head Coach Cameron Kainer prepares for the 2020-2021 season. One of the new student-athletes is Taryn Aho, a distance freestyle swimmer from Marquette, Michigan.

“I think it’s actually similar to northern Michigan just a lot bigger.” said Aho about the similarities between Alaska and Michigan. “I guess the really big difference will be flying for competitions.”

Taryn Aho during an interview with KTVF.
Taryn Aho during an interview with KTVF.(Aaron Walling/KTVF)

Aho had a very productive 2019 season where she dominated the 200, 500, 1,000 and 1,650 yard freestyle races in the state championships.

“I think I’ve connected pretty well with the coaching staff here and Coach Cameron seems like a very good coach,” said Aho about the connections she has made. “I guess I’ve connected with Oda [Bygdnes] a little bit. We found out that both go rock climbing so that’s pretty cool.”

Aho arrived to UAF as a swimmer and aspires to leave with a biological science degree, which she feels Fairbanks is a great place to accomplish both.

“I think it will be really cool to live up here and it seems like the University has a lot of science related opportunities...so I am really excited to see how I can get those opportunities that not a lot of other places have.” she said.

The Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference is expected to release a season schedule in the coming weeks.

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