By Johnny Russell ’22
On December 18th, 2020, a few Woodberry athletes officially signed with their respective schools on National Early Signing Day. Offensive lineman Aussie Joseph signed with Brown University, swimmer Jack Stelter ’20 signed with Towson University (MD), swimmer Kyle Floyd ’20 signed with Boston College, swimmer Ben Lundy ’20 signed with Trinity College (CT), and goalkeeper Zack Woods ’20 signed with Lafayette University (PA).
Swimmer Jack Stelter was very happy to finally make his commitment official.
“The journey to get to Towson required lots of hard-work, great coaching, and my ability to not be complacent with where I am as a swimmer.”
To Stelter, signing with Towson was a huge stress reliever and a moment that he will never forget. From taking up swimming as a sophomore to becoming captain of the Aquatic Tigers the following year, Stelter never thought that he would be where he is now. If it weren’t for Stelter’s fantastic work-ethic and eagerness to improve everyday, he wouldn’t even be considering swimming in college. As for his future, Stelter will look to be a pivotal part of the Towson Tigers come as soon as this fall. The star mid-distance swimmer is most excited about learning more about the sport of swimming through different coaches and new teammates.
“I can’t wait to meet my new coaches and teammates,” Stelter said. “I have a strong relationship with the Towson head coach because he is friends with my summer training coach.”
As for Jack’s roommate Kyle Floyd ’20, swimming had been a part of his life since he was 6 years old.
“I began taking swim lessons when I was little and decided to join my local summer league team,” Floyd said. “My real love for swimming came when my friend convinced me to join the year-round team when I was 10.”
When Floyd finally had the opportunity to fulfill his childhood dream of swimming in college, he was filled with joy and confidence for the future.
“I was always wanted to swim in college, but I never thought that I would have the chance to swim at an amazing school like Boston College. It was a great feeling to sign with one of the top colleges in the country, especially with a few kids in my class.”
Ms. Wilson, the assistant coach of the Woodberry swim team, had the chance to talk about Floyd at signing day, saying “He loves the team so much. His dedication is unparalleled and his love for swimming shows.”
Floyd is most thankful for his family, teammates, and coaches for believing in him and opening his eyes to the fact that he can accomplish anything he puts his mind to. As for the future, the co-captain of the aquatic tigers is very excited to experience a new team culture and see where this new journey will take him.
“I am excited to see how I can bring what I learned at Woodberry to Boston College. I can’t wait to make new friends and have an amazing college experience.”
Although he has made plans for the future, the 4-year varsity swimmer is ready to finish his high school career with a bang at the VISAA swimming State Championships in Blacksburg, Virginia on both the 13th and 14th of February.
For three-year varsity soccer starter Zack Woods, the recruiting process has been nothing but tiring. From visiting colleges across the nation and talking to coaches constantly, officially signing with Lafayette came as a huge victory to the All-Prep goalkeeper. The process was so challenging for Woods that he was originally committed to Kenyon College, but chose to decommit from Kenyon and join Lafayette in order to fulfill his dream of playing Division 1 soccer.
“There were so many interviews, so many visits, and so many important decisions I had to make to get to this point,” Woods said. “I am just so grateful that my friends and family were there to experience the moment where all my hard-work paid off. I can’t thank my teammates and coaches for believing in me and pushing me everyday out on the field.”
The first Division 1 soccer recruit in Woodberry history, Woods is eager to get to Lafayette to prove himself and fight for the starting spot.
“There are three goalies ahead of me, but I’m just going in with the mentality of working hard. I can’t wait to grow into a family like I did while I was at Woodberry.”