PV's Dominique Tso inks with Adams State

Karl Schneider
Piedra Vista's Dominique Tso signs a letter of intent to swim for Adams State University.

FARMINGTON – Piedra Vista senior Dominique Tso signed a national letter of intent on Tuesday to swim for Adams State University.

Tso, who swims in a variety of events, said the decision to sign with ASU — located in Alamosa, Colo. — was easily made after meeting and talking with the program’s coach, Dan France.

“I met the coach when I went to visit the campus during spring break. He gave me a lot of information and was really nice, and it made me think he could be my next coach,” Tso said. “I like his program, and he’s a great man. I think it’s going to be great.”

ASU is an NCAA Division II school that competes in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Tso has already started a training program to help prepare her for the jump from the high school ranks to college, focusing on strength and conditioning. She said part of the training is to get her body ready for the change in altitude when she gets to Alamosa, which sits at an elevation greater than 7,500 feet.

There is no shortage of desire or determination when Dominique Tso gets on the starting platform. The senior quietly led the Piedra Vista swimming team all season, setting the tone for the Lady Panthers with her work ethic.

“She was selected by her teammates as a captain this year, and she was the epitome of what you want your captain to be,” PV coach Kristi Lucero said. “She leads by example and she brings a lot to the table.”

Tso isn’t sure what events the ASU coaching staff will have her compete in when she gets to Alamosa, saying she’ll swim whichever events the coaches want her to. But she did say her favorite and best events are the 200-meter freestyle and the 200 and 400 individual medleys.

Piedra Vista's Dominique Tso competes in the breaststroke event against Farmington on Jan. 9 at the Farmington Aquatic Center.

As great as Tso is in the pool, the chance to swim in college almost never happened.

She started swimming when she was 7 years old, but by the time she was 12, she had almost burned herself out.

“I really didn’t want to keep swimming, so in middle school, I started running cross-country and track, and I made it to state for high school as an eighth-grader for both sports,” she said.

Excelling in distance races, the 5K of cross-country and the 1,600- and 3,200-meter events in track, Tso was content to leave swimming behind. But her parents pushed her more and more to add another sport, and Tso got back into the pool.

Tso followed her parents’ advice about returning to swimming, and now she plans to follow her parents’ career path into law enforcement.

Tso will enroll at ASU in July, taking a couple of classes during the summer to get her ahead academically while likely majoring in sociology, which has a criminology aspect, during her freshman year.

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.