2021 MHS graduates Greta Snaza and Amaya Street plan to continue their athletic careers while pursuing college degrees. Greta will attend the University of Sioux Falls and Amaya is enrolled in Augustana University. Both Greta and Amaya will begin their college life next week.
Greta plans to major in radiology technology and will also pole vault for the Cougar track and field team. “Ever since I started pole vaulting, I’ve loved watching track, looking at results, and just doing everything that deals with pole vaulting and track,” she explained. “I met a girl that was going to college to pole vault. I thought it was awesome and cool, and I wanted to be like her and break records in the state.”
Greta says she decided on the University of Sioux Falls because “I wanted a small school that had radiology tech and a track program. USF just had every aspect I was looking for. My goal is to go to higher heights than I ever have in high school, make friends, and have fun doing what I love.”
She says she can envision herself staying in the Sioux Falls area after graduation, starting a family or living with friends, and working at a hospital.
Amaya was recruited to swim freestyle, breaststroke, individual medleys (IMs), and relays for Augustana. “I’ve known Augie’s swim coach, Coach Lindsey, for a long time. She also coaches the Sioux Falls youth swim team, so she’s been at all my meets and has seen me swim a lot. She talked to me a lot about swimming in college. So, I visited the school, and it was everything I wanted.”
Amaya started swimming when she was eight years old and her passion for the sport has grown. ”I think I’ve always wanted to swim in college since I was really young. I think it’s cool. It’s always been my dream, and it’s my favorite thing to do.” Her goal is to qualify and swim at the Division II NCAA Championships.
At Augustana, Amaya plans to major in biochemistry and eventually enter the field of research. “I want to work in a lab and study things. I hope to do some job shadowing to see all my options. So, I don’t really have a set path just yet.”