[December 2017] 2017 DI and DIII athletic commits Wreckers take their sport to collegiate level

Alex Reiner ’18

As another senior class enters the recruiting process, there are many Wreckers who will be playing sports in different school colors next year. Here are five that have committed to playing college sports.

Nicholas Ortega ’18 was a highly recruited swimmer over the summer as he ranked third in Connecticut for the class of 2018, according to College Swimming. He swam for the Wreckers, as well as various club teams these past four years and on Oct. 1 he decided to continue his passion at Brown University. “I chose Brown for it’s amazing academics, its awesome swim team and coaching staff.” Ortega said. “The Open Curriculum grants me the freedom to really study whatever I want, which is very exciting. [The coaches] and the team [are] amazing people and I can’t wait to spend the next four years with them.”

Christine Taylor ’18 has had tremendous success on the field for the Wreckers. She is a two sport varsity athlete for field hockey and lacrosse. In July, Taylor announced that she will continue both field hockey and lacrosse at the Division III collegiate level for Trinity College. “Trinity allows me to focus on high academics while still playing at a competitive athletic level and have a college experience all at the same time, which is definitely rare to find,” Taylor said.

On fall Friday nights, Staples Superfans packed the stadium bleachers to watch tight end and defensive end, Griffin Lundquist ’18. Now, Dickinson College fans will be able to cheer on Lundquist. “I chose Dickinson because of the good education it offers, the coaches and players were extremely friendly and the fact that I will have the ability to start off the bat,” Lundquist said. Lundquist will play defensive end for the Red Devils.

For a rowing team, the most important member may not necessarily be the biggest and strongest rower, but rather the coxswain, as they are responsible for steering the boat and coordinating the rhythm of the rowers. Eden Schumer ’18 has been a coxswain at Saugatuck Rowing Club for four years and earlier this year she committed to Duke University. “Duke really fits both my academic and athletic goals,” Schumer said. “I’m really lucky to be part of such a hard-working, driven, close team now, so when I saw those same elements at Duke, I knew it was the right choice.”

Year-round since his freshman year, Ben Seiple ’18 has represented Staples track and cross country. Earlier this year, he decided to continue his athletics at Villanova University. “I chose Villanova because I think that it is the place where I can be most successful both as a student and athlete,” Seiple said. For the Wildcats, Seiple will be doing distance running, specifically all races between the one mile and 10k. He will be joined at Villanova by lacrosse commit Alexa Moro ’18 and soccer commit Dylan Middlebrook ’18.