December 18th, 2012


SPIRE Academy Alex Rosen

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SPIRE Academy swimmer Alex Rosen committed to swim for famed Ohio State University Coach Bill Wadley fall 2014. OSU is currently in the top ten ranked swim teams in the nation. Rosen choose SPIRE to take his performance to the top level and recorded six personal best times on his way to winning the 200 Yard Freestyle at the Mark Braun Classic in November. His rise to swimming prominence, along with natural leadership abilities in the pool and classroom and physical stature, caught the eye of Coach Bill Wadley.

“Alex spent five weeks over the summer swimming at SPIRE and returned to spend his senior year training at SPIRE. This has been the greatest experience of Alex’s life,” said Alex’s mom, Jody Rosen. 

The national average of athletes going from individual high schools to Division I is 5%. SPIRE Academy expects to send more than 70% of its graduates to DI programs, with a high percentage to U.S. News & World Report top institutions. 

In its inaugural year, SPIRE Institute swimming boasts a top ten NCAA DI recruit, an Olympian, multiple Junior and Senior National qualifiers, a 28-time NCAA All-American and national caliber swim meets at the Junior and Masters levels.

For more information on SPIRE Academy admissions, please contact Matt Bashaw, SPIRE Director of Admissions at 440.466.1002 or


About SPIRE Institute SPIRE Institute, in Geneva, Ohio, integrates sports and education, training and wellness with a focus on the development of the whole self.  It features 750,000 sq. ft. of Olympic grade facilities under roof, acres of outdoor fields and a multi-sport stadium complex. In September 2012, it launched SPIRE Academy, a high school and post graduate residential sports academy. SPIRE Academy and its nationally renowned coaches also summer and holiday camps, and weekend training sessions in track & field, volleyball, swimming, basketball and soccer (with more sports to follow).  Junior athletes train alongside collegians, professionals, wounded veterans, Olympians, Paralympians and masters level athletes. SPIRE features athletic development programs with Michael Johnson Performance, mental skills training with Jack J. Lesyk, Ph.D., CC-AASP, sports medicine, nutrition and wellness programs, and a variety of customized high school and collegiate academic options. SPIRE can simultaneously host clubs, leagues, tournaments and championship events, in multiple sports, no matter the weather or the season.

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