It fit her academic and athletic requirements and she was in awe of the campus.

And the fact that it is located not far from the Atlantic Ocean made it all the more intriguing for Macy Trattner.

The recent 2017 Hudson graduate recently signed to continue her academic and swimming careers at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.

Trattner, a four-time state qualifier who advanced to the 2017 Division I state competition in four events, liked a lot of things about her college of choice.

However, Trattner isn't going to lie. The sunny weather down south had a lot to do with her decision.

"The campus is beautiful," Trattner said. "It has Spanish architecture and gorgeous gardens. And of course, it has palm trees."

Trattner qualified for the 2017 state competition in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races and as a member of the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams.

She helped lead the Lady Explorers to a seventh-place finish at the 2017 state meet.

"It was amazing," Trattner said. "I loved the team and I loved my coaches. I was so fortunate to come through Hudson and swim for Matt Davis and swim with all of my teammates. My teammates are some of my best friends."

Trattner, who plans to focus on business, has been swimming for Davis since seventh grade when she joined the Hudson Explorers Aquatics Team. Prior to that, she swam for the Cuyahoga Falls Tigersharks.

"Macy was a good swimmer through the HEAT program," Davis said. "I knew she was going to be a huge contributor coming in.

"We had a great senior class when she was a freshman and she was the only kid in her class to get to the state meet."

Trattner felt comfortable with the HEAT right away. She will conclude her high school career with the HEAT during the summer.

"I loved it from the start," she said. "Matt is an amazing, super determined coach. He took me in seventh grade and never let me go. He takes his job very seriously and wants the best for everyone."

Since they spent so much time with each other over the years, Davis saw all sides of his standout pupil.

"Macy is kind of a mix between quiet and pretty energetic," he said. "She can bee all-business, focused and determined and she also can be goofy. She can say something random and get everybody laughing."

Hudson rarely lost during Trattner's career. Her new team, on the other hand, hasn't been quite as successful.

Rollins, a Division II program, finished 1-9 during the 2016-17 season and placed seventh out of seven teams at the Sunshine State Conference Championship.

But Trattner, who also plays for the Lady Explorers lacrosse team, believes Rollins can turn things around quickly.

"The team is definitely up and coming," she said. "They had a new coach [Kyle Berg] and he's really cool. He recruited a decent-sized freshman class."

Trattner hopes to continue to have much success in the pool on the collegiate level.

"I want to drop time and hopefully, be all-conference and place at the conference meet," Trattner said. "I hope I can go to the NCAAs."

As for Davis, he will cherish his time with his standout swimmer, who helped lead Hudson to a top-10 finish at the state meet all four years of her career.

"Macy helped raise the program to a new level," Davis said. "They never lost a dual meet and they never lost a district championship. Hopefully, she, along with the rest of the senior class, have passed the torch."

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