By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Jul. 24, 2019: By the end of the summer, eighteen Broncos from the class of 2019 will be heading off to continue their athletic careers at the college level. More than one-third of the recruits will run track, three will play squash, three will play lacrosse, and the remaining five will compete in swimming, crew, soccer, and baseball.
Bronxville athletes will be playing for both big and small colleges and universities. Ten Broncos will compete in Division 1, including Yale, Columbia, Stanford, the University of Virginia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Berkley, Villanova, and the Naval Academy, and eight will compete in Division 3 athletics at Middlebury, Wheaton, Bowdoin, Amherst, the University of Chicago, and Washington and Lee.
McKenna Stoltz, captain of the Bronxville squash team both junior and senior years, will join Cornell’s squash team in the fall. Stoltz, along with Julia Curran and her sister, Molly, were the only three girls to play in the Boys’ Mixed Division in the FairWest Public School League.
“I played on the high school team at Bronxville, which I loved, but junior squash was not always a smooth path and had a lot of ups and downs,” said Stoltz. “Starting in ninth grade, I felt a lot more pressure because college was on the horizon. I was training a lot and working hard, and it was challenging mentally. In the end, I ended up at the right school and right place.”
McKenna’s decision to play at Cornell was influenced by the fact that Cornell hired a new coach for the women’s squash team last year.
“I became interested in Cornell my sophomore year because they hired David Palmer, a former world No. 1 player, so their program had a resurgence. There is lot of energy--it is new and exciting, and I liked that about Cornell.”
Catherine Faville, a three-year varsity soccer player who earned All-League and All-Section honors both junior and senior years, is headed to Wheaton College in the fall. In high school, she was a top scorer for the Broncos and is looking forward to playing at the next level.
“It is going to be a change in pace from high school soccer,” said Faville. “Physically, it will be a lot more demanding. My coach has given me a workout routine for the summer. Going in, I expect to work myself up to be a good player and good fit for the team, but right now I’m happy to be a part of the team.”
Faville was recruited by more than 20 schools but eventually decided on Wheaton.
“I liked Wheaton because of the campus, and the people there were nice and friendly. I thought the coach was amazing, and it was a better fit for me than everywhere else.”
Seamus Watters, a three-season athlete throughout high school, played football, ran indoor track, and played lacrosse during ninth and tenth grades. In his junior year, he decided to stop playing lacrosse and focus on track. That decision paid big dividends.
Watters earned All-State and All-American honors in track in the spring and was a member of the sprint medley relay team that won the 2019 National Championship. He holds the Bronxville School record in the indoor 55m hurdles and the outdoor 110m hurdles and was a member of the 4x200m relay team that set the school record.
Last summer, after a very successful outdoor season, Watters set the recruiting process in motion.
“I reached out to some colleges and just filled questionnaires,” said Watters. “All you have to do is submit an official time, and if that time is up to par, then they will invite you for a visit. They also look at your past times and see your progression.”
Watters was looking for warmer weather and definitely wanted to compete in a Division 3 program, so when the coach at Washington and Lee reached out to him, he committed to their program.
Every recruited athlete has a different story to tell, but in the end, the 2019 Bronxville athletes will make their mark at colleges and universities across the U.S from Maine to California. Through hard work and determination, they have excelled in high school athletics and hope to continue to do so in college.
Below is a complete list of the Class of 2019 recruited athletes.
Natalie Weiner, track, Berkeley
Caroline Brashear, track, Yale
Clio Dakolias, track, Columbia
Zip Malley, baseball, Middlebury
Alex Rizzo, track, Naval Academy
Matt Rizzo, track, Stanford
Seamus Watters, track, Washington and Lee
Timmy Cushman, swimming, Dartmouth
Rachael Peacock, soccer, Bowdoin
Catherine Faville, soccer, Wheaton
Isabel Sondey, lacrosse, Columbia
Anneke Pulkkinen, lacrosse, University of Chicago
Gigi Chrappa, track, Amherst
Charlie Preusse, squash, Bowdoin
Lily Vorbach, crew, Villanova
Fiona Jones, lacrosse, Amherst
Julia Curran, squash, University of Virginia
McKenna Stoltz, squash, Cornell
Pictured at top (rotating): (1) The D2 state championship team (L to R): Natalie Weiner, Maeve Sullivan, Clio Dakolias, and Caroline Brashear (photo by David Ryan); (2) lacrosse captains (L to R) Anneke Pulkkinen, Isabel Sondey, and Fiona Jones (photo by Jane Ircha); (3) national champions in the SMR (L to R): Seamus Watters, Tommy O’Connell, Matt Rizzo, and Alex Rizzo (photo by C. Rizzo); (4) Catherine Faville (in red) (photo by Jeff Faville; and (5) Tim Cushman (center) on the podium at the state championships (photo by T. Cushman).