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VanDeMark leaves her mark as she heads to collegiate level

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Alma High School senior Evelyn VanDeMark signed her National-Letter-of-Intent to swim at the collegiate level at Sioux Fall South Dakota on Wednesday.

VanDeMark earned multiple All-State honors for the Panthers during her prep run via top-eight finishes in the Division 3 state finals.

Yet her path wasnít easy, if anything it was anything but.

In the fall of 2015 she was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a rare muscle and tissue cancer. This diagnosis came as a shock to VanDeMark, her family and friends but it didnít stop from doing what she does best which is winning.

With the support of her family, friends and the Alma community VanDeMark underwent months of chemotherapy while battling the disease.

The good news is that she is now cancer-free and taking her game to the next level.

As an athlete she closed her career as one of the most-decorated swimmers in Alma history which is a statement within itself considering the rich tradition at the school.

As a freshman she earned All-State honors in the 100 butterfly via a sixth-place finish. She also finished ninth in the 500 freestyle, missing All-State honors by one spot.

As a sophomore she finished sixth in the 500 freestyle before winning the Division 3 state title in the event as a junior with a winning time of 5:11.43, some seven seconds better than the runner-up. She was also seventh in the 100 butterfly as a junior to garner All-State honors.

As a senior she finished fourth in the 500 freestyle to lock up All-State honors for a fourth-straight year.

All in all VanDeMark has definitely left her mark in the Alma record books both as a swimmer and as an inspirational fighter.

Last Updated: 4/20/2017 1:46:05 PM EST