Fair is (maroon and) gold
Currently, Paul Fair is undergoing a pretty big transition.
Yet, it will be nothing compared to what he goes through next year.
Fair, who is in the midst of his annual transition from football star to swimming superman, signed a copy of his orignial Letter of Intent Monday to join the University of Minnesota swim team.
For Fair, who signed surrounded by his parents, coach and teammates at the middle school pool Monday, college swimming will certainly be a change.
Most swimmers of Fair’s ability are already year-round swimmers. Fair, with other interests such as football, is not.
While that means Fair will have to transition to what is likely a more draining regime, it also means the room for growth is huge.
“I think [University of Minnesota] Coach Dennis Dale saw him as kind of an untapped type of guy,” said Magic Coach Dirk Westveer.
“If he keeps progressing, and starts to swim year round, the sky is the limit on that kid.”
Fair has been pushing his ceiling higher and higher since his first time in the pool for the Magic.
As a seventh-grader he became Monticello’s youngest male swimmer to qualify for an individual event at state.
As a tenth-grader, he became the first Monticello swimmer to win four state championships in a season. Last year he repeated it.
Now, he will become the first male Monticello athlete to compete on scholarship at the University of Minnesota since Joel Przybilla played basketball there.
And he will look to continue to raise that ceiling at a university he has grown up following.
“It’s like a dream come true,” said Fair. “I can’t really believe it right now.”
The senior also considered LSU and Iowa, but an official visit to the Gopher’s campus was the final push he needed for a decision he seemed destined for.
“I kind of had it in the back of my head that the U was a good possiblity,” said Fair. “When I went for a visit I was convinced.”
Fair, who signed the official LOI in November, will go on a partial athletic scholarship that can increase as his participation on the team and his value to the team grows.