Hartmann, Goularte make college commitments

Two South Kitsap seniors announced their college decisions just days before graduation.

In reality, Dana Goularte and Conner Hartmann made their selections more than a month ago, but they announced them Tuesday at the high school.Hartmann, who had a 38-0 record en route to a Class 4A state championship at 189 pounds during the winter, signed with Duke University. Goularte, a three-sport athlete as a junior, will focus on basketball at Western Oregon.

After maintaining a 3.944 grade-point average, Hartmann said he was focused on gaining admission to an elite university. He camped last summer at Cornell, but said that was not an athletic fit, and was not admitted to Stanford. Hartmann said his decision came down to Duke or a handful of smaller colleges.

Financial aid will cover roughly 90 percent of Hartmann’s tuition at Duke, where he hopes to major in economics and pursue a career as a research analyst at a smaller corporation. He also has not ruled out majoring in journalism or political science.

Hartmann will have plenty of time to think about his future next season as he was told that he likely will redshirt as he prepares to compete in the 197-pound weight class.

“I’ll be getting used to the season and gaining a little wait,” he said. “Just adapting.”

Despite a 113-15 three-year record with the Wolves, Hartmann said he has plenty to improve as he prepares for college competition.

“I’m just trying to get my techniques down,” he said. “I’m not very comfortable tying up with throws. I’ve been trying to do some freestyle Greco Roman wrestling to get up to par.”

But Hartmann also feels some of his strengths will translate well at Duke.

“I feel like I’m pretty good on the mat and that will help me a lot in college with different rules, like getting riding points,” he said. “I feel like I can ride pretty well and that will help me in closer matches.”

Hartmann is the first wrestler to sign with a major university from South since Brent Chriswell headed to Purdue in 2006.

Meanwhile, Goularte becomes the latest member of the school’s girls basketball team to sign with a college. Point guard Kelsey Callaghan signed with Western Montana in March.

Goularte will compete in the Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Western Oregon, which is located in Monmouth, finished tied for sixth in the conference last season with a 9-9 record and were 11-16 overall.

The 5-foot-11 Goularte, who transferred to South from Tacoma’s Life Christian Academy in 2009, initially thought she might have to decide between basketball and soccer in college.

“Coming to South helped me realize that basketball is kind of what I wanted to play in college,” she said. “I dropped club soccer (shortly after transferring) and I picked up summer basketball.”

Her summer team traveled to various locations throughout the country. Long flights will be no different in college as the GNAC schools range from Alaska Fairbanks to Montana State Billings.

“I love to travel and I love to play basketball,” said Goularte, who also considered Concordia, Western Washington and Whitman College.

Goularte, who has maintained 3.74 gpa, plans to major in biology and later attend medical school to become an anesthesiologist. Her father, Tony, is a biomedical engineer, and mother, Barbara, is a registered nurse.

“My parents had a big, big impact on what I want to become,” she said.

Goularte, who expects to play significant minutes next season, said she also will have fond memories of her experience at the school, including a state-playoff appearance during the winter.

“I was really nervous about coming to South as a junior,” she said. “But I’m really glad I did because it pushed me toward what I want to become. I’m really happy with my experience here.”

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