NLI Signing Day: Thayer student-athletes choose their schools

Eleven senior student-athletes took part in Thayer’s NLI (National Letter of Intent) Signing Day Celebration this morning in Memorial Gym. The young men and women, who each signed on the dotted line to make their college choices official, were surrounded by family, friends, teammates, classmates, faculty, and staff; those gathered cheered not only the signing but the years of hard work and determination it took for the student-athletes to get to that point. 

Athletic Director Bobbi Moran welcomed guests to the celebration and called today’s event “a wonderful ‘exhale moment’” for the seniors and their families. The day, she said, not only recognized the athletic talent and exemplary dedication of the student-athletes but also the contributions of family members and coaches who supported the journey. 

“This is without a doubt the best thing that we get to do as an Athletics Department,” Moran said. 

The student-athletes signed their letters at a table decorated in the swag of their chosen college. After individual photos were taken, the seniors remained for photos with family members, coaches, teammates, friends, and advisors. Cheers, hugs, and the need for an extra photo or two were the order of the day. 

Seniors signing their decision letters at the Nov. 8 event were: 

Nate Austin-Johnstone, who will play lacrosse at Rutgers University. 
Bella Balducci, who will compete in both soccer and track at Saint Anselm College. 
Chris Cabral, who will play lacrosse at Rutgers University. 
Nadia Cassamajor, who will play soccer at the College of the Holy Cross. 
Pete Fischer, who will play baseball for Saint Anselm College. 
Coco Hauck, who will play lacrosse at the University of Southern California. 
Peyton Knightly, who will join the swim team at Northeastern University. 
Taryn Madsen, who will play soccer at St. John’s University. 
Jack Meekins, who will join the swim team at Bentley University. 
Emily Pimentel, who will play soccer at Sacred Heart University. 
Sascha Robinson, who will play golf at Florida A&M University. 

Seniors signing their national letters of intent
Seniors headed to Holy Cross, USC, Northeastern, and SJ
Seniors headed to Rutgers and St. Anselm