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Five Harrison Athletes Sign to Play College Sports

HARRISON, N.Y. – Five student athletes at Harrison High School (HHS) signed their letters of intent to play Division 1 sports at their respective schools Wednesday afternoon.

All five athletes compete in individual sports with two students signing on to swim, two to run track and one to golf. Students were flanked by their coaches, parents and siblings at the HHS library to make their decision official.

Matthew Carducci will continue his swimming career at Lehigh University. Carducci will be joined by classmate Ben Konigsberg at Lehigh who will be on the school’s track team. James “J.T.” Nangle will be swimming for Bucknell University next year while Michael DiTursi will relocate to Florida to golf for Rollins College. Though a soccer injury kept Nina Sarmiento from competing on the track team this season, she still earned a spot on the track team at the University of Binghamton.

“As parents you think back to the days of driving your child to practice at 4 a.m.,” said HHS Athletics Director Patricia Seligman. “Think of all the sacrifices over the years. Your kids got through it to get to this point.”

Seligman said that the five student athletes are not only outstanding on the field but in the school and the community as well. HHS Principal James Ruck, who had two daughters play Division 1 basketball, congratulated the students and their parents and said that the next four years are going to be harder than high school but worth it.

“These are scholar athletes,” Ruck said. “They are going to translate the skills they learned at HHS to not only their chosen collegiate sport but to their lives in the future.”

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