Ten GHS athletes sign National Letters of Intent

November 9, 2017 GMT

The Media Center at Greenwich High School was an especially busy place Wednesday morning — and for good reason.

Actually, 10 good reasons.

Ten Greenwich seniors made it official Wednesday, signing their respective National Letters of Intent to play sports at Division I programs.

The list included two Cardinals girls swimmers and one diver, two boys lacrosse players, two girls track and field athletes, one girls water polo star, one girls lacrosse standout and one boys diver.

Kelly Montesi and Lillian Clisham, both of whom serve as captains of the GHS girls swimming team, will each test their swimming skills at the collegiate level.

Montesi, who has won numerous State Open, Class LL and State Open individual titles the past several seasons, will take her talents to Villanova University. She’s played an integral role on a Cardinals team that won the FCIAC championship this past Saturday and will be the favorite to claim both the Class LL and State Open titles once again, this fall.

“It’s been a really special season, especially since it’s my senior year,” Montesi said. “With it being my last year here, I’m just trying to take everything in and not rush things, because it’s really flying by. I have learned so many things from the Greenwich swim team — most importantly, how to be a good teammate.”

Clisham, who has also produced an outstanding swimming career at GHS, will compete on the women’s team at Georgetown University next fall.

“I’m really excited about going to Georgetown the next four years,” Clisham said. “Swimming here at Greenwich has been the best part of my high school experience. The team has helped me grow as a person. I’m looking forward to states and seeing what we can achieve.”

Kate Russack, who has excelled on the 1-meter diving board for the Cardinals, will dive at Boston University next year. She competed in the CIAC Class LL Diving Championships Wednesday night and was seeded first.

“My diving coach at Greenwich has helped me a lot, I didn’t even make the State Open as a freshman. He has helped me a lot with my confidence and my teammates have helped me so much, they’ve made it a lot of fun. It’s been such a strong season, hopefully we can finish it off with a LL and Open title.”

Lia Zavattaro is recognized as one of the premier high school pole vaulters in the region and nation. Bucknell University, is no doubt, that she will be a part of their program next year.

“I’m extremely excited, I’ve been looking at the Patriot League for a while now and it was basically a matter of where,” Zavattaro said. “It knew it would be the best fit for me academically and athletically.”

The Cardinals senior is preparing for the winter and spring track and field seasons.

“I am ready to tackle on the challenges ahead of me,” Zavattaro said. “I want to qualify for nationals again.”

Hetty McMillan will be a member of the women’s track and field team at Lehigh University.

“I enjoy the faster stuff and being on all the relays, so I really enjoy track and field,” McMillan said. “Competing here at Greenwich has been great. Coming to this school is what introduced me to track and field. Without Evan Dubin as my coach, I wouldn’t be here today.”

Matt Baugher and Jackson Trimmer are each members of the GHS boys lacrosse team that will soon be playing in college. Baugher is headed to the University of Massachusetts.

“Playing for Greenwich has prepared me to play in college,” Baugher said. “The competition has been great — Darien, Ridgefield, New Canaan — all those schools are great.”

Trimmer selected Jacksonville University.

“I’m really excited to play lacrosse down south, where they are trying to build an elite program,” Trimmer said. “It’s a good opportunity and I am also excited about the school’s academics.”

Genevieve DeWinter, an outstanding midfielder on the Cardinals’ girls lacrosse team, will soon join Cornell’s strong program.

“Cornell has great academics, a great lacrosse team and I love the coach and the whole atmosphere of the school,” DeWinter said. “I am super excited to go to the next level and meeting a new team.”

Anne Robinson, the leading scorer on the Cardinals’ girls water polo team the past two seasons, will take her offensive skills to Princeton.

“Water polo is my favorite thing in the world,” Robinson said. “It has taught me about hard work and managing my time. Princeton has one of the best teams outside of California. They are definitely a powerhouse on the east coast.”

James Hopper, who dives for the Greenwich YMCA Marlins, is headed to the University of Pennsylvania. Hopper has garnered numerous medals in regional and national competitions for the Marlins.

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