Traverse City St. Francis Hosts Spring Signing Day
TRAVERSE CITY – It was spring national signing day at Traverse City St. Francis on Wednesday.
Nicole Polemitis (Central Michigan women’s track and field), Julia Brunner (Wayne State swimming and diving), Molly Hitchens (Suffolk University women’s hockey) and Nathan Sodini (Michigan Tech men’s tennis) all announced their college commitments.
Polemitis moved from Georgia to Traverse City this school year and will compete on the school’s track and field team for the first time this spring.
“I knew as soon as I started running that my goal was that I wanted to run Division I, and so throughout high school that’s just always what I was thinking about,” Polemitis said. “It was a goal I set for myself and I’m just really glad I’ve finally been able to get there.”
Sodini led the Gladiators to a third-place finish at the 2017 MHSAA Division 4 finals and captured the state championship at No. 3 singles.
“Being in the GLIAC, you know you play a lot of fellow players actually, I got a few friends that are in the GLIAC right now,” Sodini said. “I’m looking forward to the next level in tennis. It’s a step up from high school. It’s, now you’re practicing fully intense. It’s going to be quite the fun ride.”
Hitchens will be a part of history at Suffolk as the Boston school will field a women’s hockey program for the first time in 2018-19. Suffolk is an NCAA Division III institution and will compete in the New England Hockey Conference.
“I really like our coach so I think that our practices should be pretty fun,” Hitches said. “I tore my MCL this summer so I didn’t make any of the teams in Michigan I wanted to make. At the end of summer, I did a showcase and the Suffolk coach was there. So that’s when I first started talking to her.”
Brunner joins a Wayne State swimming and diving program that captured the 2018 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship and has won eight league titles since 2010.
“I just really like the idea of living in Detroit and the team,” she said. “They’ve had a lot of success. I’m also just really looking forward to making myself the best athlete I can be.”