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Five St. Luke’s Seniors to Continue their Athletic Career in College

Daniel Clarke
Student-athletes around the country celebrated National Signing Day for all sports except football, on Thursday, Nov. 11, including four St. Luke’s seniors who signed their own National Letters of Intent (NLI).

Catalina Hendricks (University of Rhode Island – volleyball), Justin Higgins (Davidson College – baseball), Alex Lanzillotti (Northeastern University – baseball), and Mackenzie Nelson (Virginia Tech – basketball) signed NLIs, officially committing to attend those schools.

The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution. A prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters). The institution agrees to provide financial aid to the athlete for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).

In addition, senior Ethan Xia (University of Pennsylvania – crew) received a “Likely Letter,” as is the custom for Ivy League schools. Ivies do not provide NLIs to their recruited athletes. That said, it is a huge honor and the result of incredibly hard work for a student-athlete to receive a Likely Letter from an Ivy League school.  

Students, faculty, and staff attended a ceremony inside Carey Gymnasium to honor and support the five student-athletes. 

Last year, Last year, 20 members of the class of 2022 continued their athletic careers in college, including six who signed NLI:Nicholas Besgen (University of Fairfield – swimming and diving), Annalise Correia (Lafayette College – lacrosse), Caroline Lau (Northwestern University – basketball), Teddy Truwit (Duke University – tennis), Mac Busby (Cornell University – rowing) and Eason Jones (Yale University – swimming).

A number of student-athletes from St. Luke’s Class of 2023 have committed verbally to institutions. We look forward to bringing more news on those student-athletes in the coming months.
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