In less than a month, Yanne Toussaint will end her collegiate athletic career forever. She will no longer dread setting her alarm for 6:00 a.m. every morning. She will no longer have to sit through hours upon hours of bus rides. She will no longer spend long nights finishing that one assignment she didn’t have time to do between practices. When she graduates in May, Yanne Toussaint will board a plane back to her hometown in the Netherlands, and at first she may not look back.
But when she does look back, she sure does have a lot to look back on.
Yanne is a four-time NAIA All-American in the pool and a Marketing and Organizational Leadership double major in the classroom. She is involved in Greek Life as a member of Tri Delta. She started her journey in America in Palmer, Alaska, where she attended Colony High School as a foreign exchange student.
Yanne is a fierce competitor, and has been apart of twenty top 16 finishes at NAIA swimming Nationals, and is an eight time conference champion. Her individual success is absolutely undeniable.
However, Yanne’s contribution to the swim team as a whole is admirable, and can not be replaced. In her collegiate lifetime, she has been a part of five conference records. She is an avid member of all relay teams, and has served as a team captain for three years. Her leadership has helped to foster and influence the entire team, and she bears the weight of the responsibility with grace.
“Yanne always makes the right decisions for the team,” said teammate Hanne Tevelthuis. “She encourages us with positive energy, and is the perfect leader.
Even though in a few short weeks Yanne will leave her team, Brenau and America, it is clear that her legacy will live on through her teammates, her friends, and her unwavering commitment to Brenau University.