30 student-athletes sign to play collegiate sports

Nicole Kresich, Staff Reporter

With 30 student-athletes, Nov. 8 marked the largest National Signing Day in school history.

National Signing Day is the first day that a high school senior can sign a binding National Letter of Intent for a collegiate sport with a school that is represented by the National Collegiate Athletic Association or the Ivy League. The school celebrates the day with a community event, inviting the student body, family members, staff and coaches to attend and support these student-athletes as they transition from high school to collegiate competitors.  

All 30 student-athletes went through a similar recruiting process: contacting college coaches, competing to the best of their abilities, and finding the right fit for them.

Senior golf captain Macee Aguirre said undergoing this process was very stressful.

“I felt like I had to play my best 24/7,” said Aguirre, who signed to the University of California, Riverside. “I felt way more relieved after I signed my name.”

For senior Josephine Flohr, a Stanford University crew signee, signing her National Letter of Intent marked a special moment to her and her family.

“It felt like all the hard work had finally paid off.” Flohr said. “It was really amazing to have that sense of accomplishment. It has been my grandfather’s dream to have one of his children or grandchildren go to Stanford and no one has done it yet. He drove six hours that morning to be sitting front and center and even teared up when I signed.”

During the signing ceremony, each student-athlete listened to their coaches speak in adulation while being recognized for everything they accomplished during their athletic career as a Monarch.

“My dad’s speech was the most memorable part,” said Aguirre, whose dad is also her golf coach. “It showed me how proud he was.”

Seth Miller, who signed to Coker College’s volleyball program, said the most memorable part of the event was “the signing itself.”

“…knowing that I’d be spending the next four years doing what I love was a great feeling,” Miller said.

Harrison Butler, a Southern Utah University Basketball signee, said his favorite moment was “seeing all of [his] friends and classmates reach a milestone in their life.

“I will never forget the pure happiness that everyone felt for each other,” Butler said. “It’s great to finally see all the hard work start to pay off.”

Fall signees

  • Grant Burton: Baseball, Stanford University
  • Maxwell Foxcroft: Baseball, University of Oregon
  • Emilio Rosas: Baseball, University of Southern California
  • Vincent Tosti: Baseball, University of Oregon
  • Harrison Butler: Basketball (Men’s), Southern Utah University
  • Spencer Freedman: Basketball (Men’s), Harvard University
  • Michael Wang: Basketball (Men’s), University of Pennsylvania
  • Nicole Freeman: Basketball (Women’s), California State University, Northridge
  • Madison Johnson: Basketball (Women’s), Xavier University
  • Sarah Rahon: Basketball (Women’s), Seattle University
  • Emma Torbert: Basketball (Women’s), University of Nevada, Reno
  • McKenna Carroll: Crew (Women’s), University of Alabama
  • Josephine Flohr: Crew (Women’s), Stanford University
  • Macee Aguirre: Golf (Women’s), University of California, Riverside
  • Hailee Andry: Lacrosse (Women’s), Kent State University
  • Bailey Burden: Lacrosse (Women’s), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Sydney Payne: Lacrosse (Women’s), Arizona State University
  • Daniela Alvarez: Softball, Providence College
  • Emma Clark: Softball, University of Notre Dame
  • Donna Friedman: Softball, University of Virginia
  • Kelli Godin: Softball, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Madeleine Peters: Softball, Western Michigan University
  • Amanda Valle: Softball, University of San Diego
  • Brianna Buckle: Swimming (Women’s), Assumption College
  • Seth Miller: Volleyball (Men’s), Coker College
  • Erika Calvagna: Volleyball (Women’s), Providence College
  • Kelsey Campeau: Volleyball (Women’s), University of California, Los Angeles
  • Abigail Cherin: Volleyball (Women’s), West Virginia University
  • Rose Murphy: Volleyball (Women’s), Lafayette College
  • Siena Secrist: Volleyball (Women’s), University of Southern California