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  • Writer's pictureGRACIE TURNER '25

Senior Signees, pt. 2

Back in the fall, we highlighted the seven seniors who signed on to play collegiate sports. This spring we have another five student athletes who will be continuing their athletic careers beyond SUA. Congratulations to all 12 Bulldogs and enjoy reading about this year's spring signees below.

Elle Mader - Mount Holyoke College - Lacrosse

Elle has been playing lacrosse since third grade, and has spent the past three years with Major Force Lacrosse. This program has taught her that “practice does not make perfect, it makes progress.” She will never forget “storming the field as the buzzer went off to crowd around her goalie” after SUA’s win at home against Mt. Notre Dame. Her team felt on top of the world walking back to the locker room. Elle states that “that game was a true testament to teamwork and togetherness.” Wins don’t come easy though, and Elle understands that she must put in the extra hours in order to set herself apart from her peers. She explains how playing lacrosse also taught her to be patient with herself and to be intentional with her shots, passes, and dodges in order to be a better player overall. Her greatest accomplishment as a student athlete has been receiving first honors all four years at Saint Ursula Academy. Elle states that her parents have “taught me that in order to succeed you have to challenge yourself and your limits.” She finds that she discovers new skills and interests when she branches out. Elle has signed with Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. She is attracted to their team atmosphere, outstanding science department, and overall academics. The location 90 miles from Boston is perfect for Elle and she is thrilled to play lacrosse at the next level.

Tara Pund - Soccer - Transylvania University

Tara Pund, in her eighth year of soccer, looks up to her brothers, who taught her everything she knows about the sport. Playing soccer has taught Tara to be a leader and pick people up when they are feeling down. Most recently, her senior night was a night to remember. From her friends in the crowd to the post-game congratulations, it was a night filled with excitement and school spirit. This fall Tara will be attending Transylvania University, a small liberal arts college located in Lexington, KY.

Abby Boeing - Basketball - Muskingum University

Abby Boeing, one of SUA’s basketball seniors, will be playing basketball at Muskingum University, a small liberal arts college 70 miles east of Columbus, OH. She is clearly adored by her SUA teammates, and Halle Morgan ‘22, says that Abby is “the mom of the team. She holds us together with her jokes, her motivation, and her willingness to do anything for the team.” She is never afraid to reach out if her peers are in need. “Abby is the person who you can look up to in any situation. In my year of playing with her she has been a great leader on and off the court,” Grace O’Toole ‘25 explained. She always puts in the extra effort to improve. You can often find Abby in the weight room after school improving her physique. Abby was a leader on the team this year and will bring those talents and motivation to Muskingum in New Concord, OH this fall.

Lauren Otten - Volleyball - University of Buffalo

The University of Buffalo is proud to welcome Lauren Otten to their academic and athletic programs. Buffalo is the largest public university in the state of New York, and among the highest ranked research universities in the US. Lauren has been a part of SUA’s volleyball program since her freshman year in 2018. Lauren, nicknamed “otter” by her teammates, is a player any coach would be lucky to have on her team. Not only does she bring a positive attitude toward the team, she also can put a smile on anyone's face.

Amanda Serger - University of West Florida - Swimming

Amanda started competitively swimming 12 years ago and swims for St. Ursula. She explained that our swim program taught her the importance of hard work and dedication and that it is crucial to not only attend practices, but try your absolute hardest and maintain a positive attitude. She will never forget the time that her club team, Cincinnati Aquatic, took a training trip to Sarasota, Florida. Not only did she grow much closer with her team, but she discovered that swimming in Florida is much more enjoyable than swimming in Ohio! Amanda's biggest inspiration, her parents, provide her with “every opportunity for success both in and outside of the pool.” They also supported her through her swimming career, despite the early mornings and long car drives. Along with having lots of support behind her, Amanda was also awarded GGCL Honorable Mention her Freshman year at SUA and GGCL Second Team All-Star her sophomore, junior, and senior years. After touring the University of West Florida, Amanda knew it was the place for her. She says that the team's positive atmosphere made her feel like it was one big family. Additionally, Amanda is excited that UWF has a great balance between academics and athletics. Speaking of academics, Amanda was recently named the Class of 2022 Valedictorian!

Congratulations to all of the spring sports signees. Speaking on behalf of the entirety of SUA’s student body, we will miss you! We hope that you will continue to thrive throughout the next chapters of your lives.

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