Brittany Gobat is accustomed to firsts.
The Fox Creek High swimmer earned the charter school's first state title, winning the 2006 individual crown in the Class A 100-yard breaststroke.
On Tuesday, Gobat became the first athlete in Fox Creek history to land a college athletic scholarship, signing her letter of intent to swim at Georgia Tech.
"It's pretty exciting," she said. "I'm glad that I set a standard for the school, and also this puts the school out in good publicity."
Gobat chose the Yellow Jackets during a visit to Tech earlier this month. She also was courted by Clemson and Florida Atlantic.
"The people on the team, I felt like I really bonded with them, and that's really important when you're going into the next four years," she said.
Gobat said she expects to specialize in breaststroke and also compete in the individual medley. Her career-best in the 100-yard breaststroke is 1:04.60.
The 17-year-old has an honors-weighted 4.3 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. She plans to major in biomedical engineering and eventually go to medical school.
"There's no one more deserving or that we'd rather have as our first one to do it," said Fox Creek athletic director Russ Schneider, who added that her signing gives hope to other athletes at the 278-student school.
Reach J. Scott Trubey at (706) 823-3424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.