Two more Eagles signed to follow their athletic pursuits while embarking on the next stage in their academic careers. This year’s group of student-athlete signees are as diverse as they are talented.
On March 6, Kaitlyn Cartone and Claire Meyers became the latest seniors to make formal college commitments. Cartone will play golf for the Belles of Saint Mary’s College (Indiana) and Meyers will swim for the Generals of Washington and Lee University (Virginia). Both are NCAA Division III schools.
So far this school year six Eagles from six different athletic programs have signed National Letters of Intent -- two from fall sports (football, golf), two from winter sports (swimming, wrestling), and two from spring sports (crew, lacrosse).
GOLF - SAINT MARY’S COLLEGE
Cartone is the last golfer left from the 2011 state championship team to have played in the Eagles’ title winning match. Since then, the four-year letterwinner has also helped the team to a state runner-up finish in 2012 and a third place finish at this year’s Division II tournament.
“Kaitlyn had a great season and she’ll be tough to replace,” said head coach George Menker. As the team’s only senior, Kaitlyn carried a 43.4 average this season for the GCL Co-ed champs. She is a three-time first team All-Conference honoree, a two-time first team Southwest Ohio District honoree, and was named to the 2013 Academic All-Ohio team.
The resident of Vandalia will receive academic scholarships and intends to study biology at Saint Mary’s this fall. “I’m so thankful to the CJ community for their support. I feel very blessed,” she said.
SWIMMING - WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY
Meyers left her mark on the CJ swimming program by taking five school records (two individual, three relay) as a four-year varsity letterwinner, but the program itself arguably made an even bigger impression on the Eagles’ team MVP.
“I’m really going to miss CJ swimming. It is really like having a second family,” said Meyers, a four-time recipient of first team All-Conference honors.
The matriarch of the CJ swim team, head coach Kate Corrado-Whistler, said Meyers’ leadership and talent will be equally missed. “Us coaches depend on her for so many things and she always comes through.”
The Tipp City resident will receive athletic grants and intends to study business at Washington and Lee University.