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Little Rock Mills Student and Dolphin-Laser swimmer signs with Razorbacks
 Little Rock Mills Student and Dolphin-Laser swimmer signs with Razorbacks
Jessie Garrison, 18, of Little Rock, a senior at Wibur D. Mills University Studies High School in the Pulaski County Special School District, signed her letter of intent last Thursday to join the Arkansas Razorback swim team this fall in front of Mills Athletic Director Raymond Cooper, Principal Veronica Perkins, Arkansas Dolphin-Laser Swim Coach Kyle Cormier, family and fellow students. After Garrison put pen to paper in a ceremony at the school’s gymnasium, the crowd enthusiastically “called the hogs.”

Garrison, who has been swimming since she was nine, was the number one recruit in the state. She has been Swimmer of the Year for the State of Arkansas eight times and has been to Junior National Swimming Championship four times. She has a long list of records, including that she was first in the nation in the 13-year –old age group for the 800-meter freestyle. That same year she was second in the nation in the 200 Meter butterfly. The butterfly is her signature stroke.

Her coach, Dolphin-Laser’s Kyle Cormier, said Garrison has “mental toughness and the ability to handle the highs and lows of the sport better than anybody I have ever seen. She will be on a team where everybody will be dominant and talented, but it will be her mental fortitude that will separate her,” he said. Cormier said as part of the Southeastern Conference, the Razorback swim team is known for world-class athletes.

Garrison is part of the Mills Scholars Program and has a 3.3 grade point average. “She is an outstanding student, and we are very proud of her hard work and success in the water and in the classroom,” Perkins, the school’s principal, said. “Go Comets, and go Razorbacks!”