The former NHS standout will compete for either Arizona or Arizona State

After a freshman campaign that didn’t live up to her own high standards, former Newberg High School swimming standout Alysha Bush has decided to transfer away from San Jose State.

“It was kind of on my mind in the spring time and I decided when I got home this summer that it was the best for me,” Bush said. “I have three years left in my college career and I have this burning fire, I want to go to NCAAs and I want to make the national team. I just need to be in a program that’s going to take me there.”

Bush said she is currently deciding between Arizona and Arizona State, as she will be able to transfer to either school without losing a year of eligibility because they are not in the same conference as the Spartans. by: COURTESY OF SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY - Change of direction - 2013 Newberg High School graduate Alysha Bush has decided to transfer after one season at San Jose State. Bush is deliberating between Arizona and Arizona State.

“I feel Arizona or Arizona State would be a great fit because of how well rounded everything is,” Bush said. “They do lots of running, cycle, yoga. They’re kind of similar programs.”

Bush said she also misses practicing with a men’s team, as SJS does not have one.

“That adds another competitive element,” she said. “It’s an all-girls team at San Jose State and I’m so used to swimming with guys, to bring that extra ‘oomph.’ It makes everything more fun.”

Bush, who was named San Jose State co-rookie of the year along with senior Taylor Curado, swam the 50 and 100 freestyles, as well as all of the Spartans’ relays.

In just one season, Bush has moved into the top five on San Jose State’s all-time lists in the 50 and 100 free.

She also swam on the school record-setting 400 medley relay team, the fifth place 200 medley relay and the eighth place 400 free relay at the conference championship meet. Individually, she finished ninth in the 100 free and 13th in the 50 free at the Mountain West championships.

Her best performance of the year was a 49.55 in the 100 free Nov. 23 at the Arena Invitational, which earned her an NCAA ‘B’ cut, but said she felt terrible during the Mountain West Conference season.

“I was completely broken down,” Bush said. “My whole body was broken down. It was tough. I definitely didn’t swim to my potential in conference.”

Bush entered San Jose State thinking she would major in kinesiology, but has also changed her mind on that front, saying she will explore marketing, communications, public relations, management or business in hopes of becoming a corporate recruiter.

Bush has already visited both Arizona schools and is in the process of applying to each school and for scholarships, but said a final decision likely won’t come for at least another month. “I’m excited to see where it takes me,” Bush said. “I’m really hoping that I’ll make the national team or get an NCAA cut.”

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