2017-11-09 / Sports

Kennebunk’s Gorton, Harms heading to the next level

By PAT McDONALD
Sports Editor

KENNEBUNK — When picking the place you are going to spend your next four years — and the first years of your life away from your family — it’s important to find a place where you feel comfortable.

For Kennebunk seniors Erin Gorton and Isabel Harms, it didn’t take long to realize they had found their new homes when they first stepped foot on the campuses of Southern New Hampshire University and Siena College.

“I honestly just loved the feeling when I went there on my recruiting trip and I felt like part of the team already ... I can’t even explain it, but it was kind of like magical,” said Harms, who will be swimming at Division I Siena, which is located near Albany, New York.

Gorton had the same kind of feeling when she visited the SNHU campus in Manchester, New Hampshire. 

“I basically just went to the school and knew. I met the coach and everything fit perfectly,” added Gorton, who will be playing Division II lacrosse for the Penmen.

The two standouts made their decisions official on Wednesday when they signed their National Letters of Intent in front of their coaches, families and friends.

“It’s very exciting. I’m glad to have my friends and family around me,” said Gorton.

Kennebunk swimming coach Andy Coulombe was thrilled to see all of Harms’ hard work pay off.

“She’s a fantastic swimmer and just a fantastic young lady. We are very fortunate to have her as part of our program. It’s a testament to her and a testament to her hard work, you know she’s put in a lot of hours and a lot of time,” Coulombe said.

Coulombe believes Harms can be a role model for future swimmers in Kennebunk.

“I think if anybody that is looking to potentially go to that next level they can just look at her as the blueprint for how to move forward and reach that goal,” Coulombe said.

Kennebunk lacrosse coach Annie Barker was also on hand for the signing and was happy to see another one of her athletes make the jump to the next level.

“It’s always nice to see that their high school career got them to where they want to be at the next level,” said Barker, who has seen several players sign to play at the college level in recent years.

Barker talked plenty about Gorton’s ability on the field, but she was also quick to praise her work in the classroom and her overall personality.

“She’s a really nice kid as you can see,” said Barker. “The kids love her. She’s nice to her friends, she sets a good example, she’s a good role model, in and out of the classroom, and on the playing field.”

Both Gorton and Harms will be competing at the collegiate level next year, but they still have another seven months to make more memories at Kennebunk High School.

“Mostly my friends,” said Harms on what she will miss most about Kennebunk. “They are great, I love them all. They are really helpful, they are understanding, they are always there for you. Basically this whole entire school if you ever want to talk to someone, they are there for you and that’s really nice. It’s like the best thing I’ve ever had in my life.”

Gorton echoed that sentiment.

“The girls and the team ... we are really close and I love the team,” added Gorton.

Sports Editor Pat McDonald can be reached at pmcdonald@journaltribune.com or at 282-1535 ext. 322. Follow the Journal Tribune Sports Department on Twitter @JournalTsports.

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