Rosalie Fish came to Iowa Central to grow as a runner and student.
The Triton sophomore sensation has done just that, committing to continue her career at the University of Washington in the fall.
"Iowa Central has trained me how to be a collegiate athlete," Fish said. "Through the running program here, I've learned discipline, patience, ingenuity, leadership and problem-solving skills that led to my growth academically and athletically.
"Iowa Central has changed me into a completely different person in the span of two years. Not only am I more competitive as an athlete, but I've grown significantly as a person. I am grateful for my time here and the coaches I have."
As a freshman, Fish was part of the national championship-winning cross country team and half-marathon winners. During the indoor track championships, she was sixth in the 5km, seventh in the 1000m and part of the fourth place 4x800 relay.
In the fall, Fish was fifth at the half-marathon as the team finished second overall.
Fish was also selected to the NJCAA Student-Athlete Council, a group of select individuals with the goal of advancing student-athlete voices and creating unique experiences for NJCAA student-athletes during their junior college experiences.
She has also been first team academic all-region while studying human services.
The Washington program is led by Maurica Powell, who has led the Huskies to numerous Top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships. She was a standout runner for Stanford and coaches alongside her husband, Andy.
"I choose the University of Washington because of their impressive running program, high-quality education and visible Indigenous presence," Fish said. "I spoke with Coach Powell and after the first conversation, I knew her program and the team environment was the one that was supportive, adaptive and showed results."
-By Dana Becker