A swimmer, golfer, runner, hockey player, and an all-star cheerleader became the latest Victor student-athletes to commit to colleges for the fall. The Blue Devils held a signing ceremony for seniors Sophie Nothnagle, Tom Kolb, Maggie Lawler, Jenny Ryan and Allee Tallman on April 16.
Victor athletic director Ron Whitcomb told the gathering of family, friends, teachers and coaches how the five are positive and confident people who the school’s teachers love having in their classrooms.
Nothnagle is going to swim for the University of Connecticut in the fall and study biomedical engineering.
“I got along well with the coaches and the team,” she said. “I really think it’s a good fit academically and athletically.”
The daughter of Chris and Marie-France Nothnagle completed her fifth year of varsity swimming in the fall. She said the highlight of her Victor swimming career was being with her teammates over the years. Nothnagle came up big at the Section 5 Class B meet last year, finishing first in the 100-yard butterfly, second in the 200 freestyle and swimming on the second-place 200 and 400 freestyle relays. She finished eighth in the state in the 200 free and fourth in the butterfly.
Kolb is going to play golf for Roberts Wesleyan College in the fall and study business management.
“The coach talked to me last summer and we got along really well,” Kolb said. “He asked me to play a round of golf with the team and I really enjoyed it. I took a visit on the campus and loved everything about the school.”
The son of Bob and Nancy Kolb played six years of varsity golf at Victor. The senior said the highlight of his high school career was making supersectionals the last three years and making new friends through golf.
Lawler is going to run cross country and track at Niagara University. The Purple Eagles will have a track and field program for the first time in the 2013-14 school year.
“It was a tough decision Niagara and Siena,” she said. “Overall, I liked the nursing program at Niagara and I bonded well with the team and the coach.”
The daughter of Bill and Molly Lawler has been a five-year varsity athlete for the Blue Devils. The highlight of her career was going to states for cross country as a freshman. She took sixth at sectionals that year.
Ryan will play hockey at the University of Wisconsin and study kinesiology.
“They asked me to come visit and I visited a few times,” Ryan said. “It was the second time that really sold me. I had a long time to chat with the coaches and they just seemed like they had my best interests in mind. They were just really friendly. The girls all loved it there and said they had so much fun and there was so much to do around there.”
Page 2 of 2 - The daughter of Mike and Joan Ryan spent the last three winters at the North American Hockey Academy in Stowe, Vt. She played defense for the Academy’s white team and finished the 2012-13 season with 15 goals and 65 assists in 72 games.
Tallman will be a part of Quinnipiac University’s acrobatics and tumbling team and study health sciences.
“I really loved the campus and when I went and watched the team I loved how they were all very warming toward each other,” she said. “It made me feel like that’s where I want to be.”
The daughter of Kevin and Marnie Tallman has been doing all-star cheerleading since ninth grade. She is a member of Core Athletix’s Black Diamonds all-star cheerleading team in Rochester. The highlight of her time with the team was being ranked No. 13 in the world out of 74 teams. Tallman also spent two seasons with the Victor varsity cheerleading team.