St. Luke's Connors, Biddle, Westhill's Gray sign Letters of Intent
Updated 5:29 pm, Tuesday, November 22, 2011
There is nothing better than seeing a dream realized.
St. Luke's School baseball player Brett Connors, St. Luke's rower Elinor Biddle and Westhill High swimmer Megan Gray all experienced that wonderful feeling Tuesday as the trio signed NCAA Division I Letters of Intent.
"It's been quite a process," Connors said. "Attending baseball showcases for coaches. Making visits to college campuses. Now that the decision is made, I'm really excited for the next four years."
Connors was impressed by Siena College baseball coach Tony Rossi, who is entering his 43rd season with the Saints. Connors other finalists were Lafayette and Bucknell.
"Coach Rossi made me feel comfortable. And academically I loved the business program there," Connors said. "It was the right place on all levels. I wanted to be somewhat close to home."
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Although Connors pitched for St. Luke's, he will be in the field at Siena due to his hitting prowess.
"I like playing the field better than pitching," Connors said. "We talked about playing second base, shortstop, third base or the outfield. There are positions available if I work hard enough."
Biddle has her sights set high at Virginia. Under 16-year rowing head coach Kevin Sauer the Cavaliers are defending NCAA champions as well as three-time NCAA runnerups.
"Coach Sauer is so impressive. He cares about you as a person not just an athlete," said Biddle, who also considered Michigan and UCLA. "The campus is beautiful. The weather is warm. And there are lots of girls from Connecticut on the team who welcomed me."
The Fordham T-shirt that Gray wore at her signing said it all. "Proud to be a Ram."
"Fordham has been my No. 1 school for quite a while," said Gray, who also considered Lafayette, Marist, St. Lawrence, Scranton, Central Connecticut and Fairfield. "My older sister went to Fordham. My dad works there. I've spent quite some time over the years there. For me, it's the best of both worlds. It's a great campus and New York City is right there. And I really felt welcomed by the girls on the team."
With the decision made, Gray can focus on Thursday's Class LL swim meet and possibly the State Open.
"I wasn't a good swimmer or a great racer when I started at Westhill. I never could have reached this point without the coaching staff and my friends," Gray said. "I just want to make these final Westhill-SHS meets as memorable as I can."