Germantown Academy athletes sign letters of intent
Over the years, Germantown Academy has been well-represented with some of the top athletes in the area in a vast number of sports. And this year is no different.
In a letter of intent “signing” ceremony June 10 in Germantown Academy’s Common Room, 32 different GA senior student-athletes were recognized for their commitments to various schools around the country.
“It’s one of those situations where we get to say that we unGHUVWDnG KRZ GLIfiFuOW LW LV to go through a school that is as academically rigorous as GA while still being able to play your sport to the point of where that sport is actually helping you go to college,” GA athletic director and boys’ basketball coach Jim Fenerty said. “The kids face a very tough academic curriculum at GA and they also play their sport at a very high level.”
Among the athletes who committed to Division I schools, four come from the boys’ and girls’ basketball programs, including Julian Moore (Penn State), Nicholas Lindner (Lafayette), Dempsey Cooper (Rhode Island) and Kiernan McCloskey (Lehigh).
Other Division I athletes include members of the crew team Eric Blood (Brown) and Alexandra Takei (Uni- versity of Penn), wrestler William “BJ” Crozier (Virginia Military Institute), football player Robert Flood (Elon), swimmers Conall Loughlin (Penn State) and Rachel wilinskas (Georgia), cross country and track star Benjamin Ritz (Columbia) and lacrosse player Caroline Haynie (Lehigh).
Earl Edwards, who also played on the basketball team, will be attending Division II Morehouse College IRU WUDFN DnG fiHOG.
“Earl could’ve gone to several Division III basketball schools, but he loves track,” Fenerty said. “He really has fallen in love with the sport and it’s a great slot for him.”
The remaining GA athletes who will be playing sports at the collegiate level include 19 seniors who will be attending Division III colleges.
From the Patriots’ football team, Louis Stevens (Wesleyan), Robert “Joe” Taylor (Catholic University), Cullen Doyle (Salve Regina), Robert Gorman (Johns Hopkins) and Matthew Levy (Rhodes College) were all recognized.
Basketball players Melanie Repella (NYU), Frances Sweeney (Emory), Angela Upright (Ursinus) and James Drury (Washington College) all committed to their respective schools, while big man Greg Dotson, who will be playing basketball in college, is still two or three weeks away from deciding which college he will be attending.
“All eight of my senior guys were eligible to be there at our ceremony and I have a great group of guys who just really made me look good,” Fenerty said. “Greg [Dotson] has his stuff narrowed down to three or four schools and will be picking soon. I am just really proud of all of them and it’s one of those WKLnJV WKDW ZKHn ZH finished after graduation on Friday, I became less of a coach to them.”
From the soccer programs, Sarah Armato (Franklin C Marshall), Lauren Budinsky (NYE) and Adam Villari (Boston Col- lege) were included, while water polo members Brett Felgoise (Ursinus College) and Brianna Harrity (Connecticut College) were also in attendance. Catherine Perlmutter (Dickinson ColOHJH) RI WKH fiHOG KRFNHy team, softball player Brynn Riesenberg (Oberlin College), lacrosse player Patrick Sawyer (Scranton) and multi-sport athlete Jared WKLWPDn (WUDFN DnG fiHOG, soccer; Middlebury College) rounded out the athletes honored.
“It’s one of those situations where we don’t just limit it to Division I,” Fenerty said. “I’m real proud of everyone involved and I thank their families for sending them to GA.”
In November, six GA student-athletes committed to Division I programs. Front row from left: Dempsey Cooper (basketball; University of Rhode Island), Rachel Zilinskas (swimming: University of Georgia), Kiernan McCloskey (basketball: Lehigh University). Back row from left: Nicholas Linder (basketball: Lafayette College); Julian Moore (basketball; Penn State University); Brad Garcia (lacrosse: Stony Brook University).