FREMONT – Over the last decade, few athletes at Fremont Ross have shown as much versatility – with such a high level of success – as senior AnneMarie Moses.
Tuesday afternoon, just three days after closing an outstanding swimming career with a seventh-place medal at the state swim meet, Moses committed the next four years to narrowing her focus from the pool and the volleyball court to the track. Moses signed a letter of intent to continue her pole vaulting career at Ohio State University.
“I’m really excited to go to the next level,” Moses said. “I’ve always wanted to do college athletics and Ohio State is the perfect fit for me. I can see myself there for the next four years and I’m really excited I get to keep doing what I love.”
Tuesday marked the culmination of an impressive multi-sport career. She’s lettered in three sports a year since her freshman year. Moses was one of the Lady Giants’ top offensive threats in volleyball. She qualified for the state meet four times in her swim career and is a member of the school record-holding 200 medley and freestyle relays. She took up cross country last fall, joining the team about midway through the season and by season’s end was its No. 3 runner.
Girls track and field head coach Travis Bates said Moses’ success stems not just from her gifted athleticism but from a deep work ethic.
“She has a work ethic beyond most kids,” Bates said. “She’s kind a throw-back to the kind of stereotypical gym-rat. She’s never not doing something. She’s had God-gifted, natural talent, but the fact she does so many different things has developed her whole athleticism and ability.”
Despite her success in so many areas, pole vaulting has been the sport closest to her heart. The program record-holder in the event, having reached a height of 12-feet, 2-inches, her career began in elementary school when pole vaulting coach Pryde Yost saw her athleticism and knew she’d be a good fit for the sport.
“She’s one of the few athletes I’ve ever had who do exactly what you tell them to,” Yost said. “She’s definitely Division I material. Her size and her strength is exactly what a lot of coaches want. She has a lot of potential to go a lot higher. She definitely has that ability.”
Said Moses: “Pole vault is just so much fun. The adrenaline you get from clearing a bar, I love it so much. I’ve been swimming my whole life and some people are surprised I’m not swimming in college but, honestly, I just love people vault. It’s my favorite thing by far.”
In addition to her athletic achievements, Moses’ performance in the classroom has also been elite. She’s seventh in her class with a 4.23 GPA. She said she plans to major in chemical engineering.