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In an afternoon ceremony, two Carolina Day School senior student-athletes committed to play college sports.
Austin Howard, a center midfielder, committed to play college soccer at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Denison University, a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference, competing at the NCAA Division III level, finished the 2015 season with a record of 11-3-3.
Howard, a Carolinas Athletic Association All-Conference performer, and a Citizen-Times All-WNC Honorable mention member, served as a team captain for the Wildcats and has been an integral member of the young Wildcat team.
Carolina Day varsity soccer coach, Anthony Brenner, says this of Austin, “Austin is driven by his insatiable appetite for achieving milestones that he sets for himself. This mindset alone will take him to which ever level of soccer he pursues.”
Joey Sasvari, Howard’s Highland Football Club Coach (97 Red), says this of Howard, “He has been a joy to coach and as a bright future as he moves forward into the next phase of his life.”
According to Howard, choosing Denison University over a host of other schools was an easy one: “From the first moment I stepped on Denison’s campus, I knew this was the place for me. The combination of excellent academics – a place where the learning and teaching environment is much like what I’ve experienced at CDS. I look forward to being a student-athlete at Denison and playing for a great soccer program.”
Emma May, an NCISAA All-State performer and four time Citizen-Times All-WNC Swimming Selection, committed to swim at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Centre, a NCAA Division III institution, competes in the Southern Athletic Association conference and has a rich history of success within their swimming program.
Carolina Day swim coach, Graeme McGufficke says this of May, “She is a great competitor and an even greater team player. Always willing to swim all events for the good of the team, Emma is a special young woman. Coach Karla and I will miss her beaming smile and wish her the best at Centre College”.
Emma’s commitment to Centre was academically and athletically driven. According to May, “Centre meets my needs as both a student and an athlete. I am as excited about their academics as I am about their swimming – it’s the best of both worlds and I’m excited for the future.”
Emma and Austin will join other Carolina Day alums at Centre and Denison.
Austin will join David Jaben, CDS’15, who recently completed his first year in the Denison soccer program. Emma May will join CDS alums, Peyton Baer, CDS’15 (Field Hockey) and Cheyenne Bunner, CDS ‘15 (Women’s Basketball) at Centre College.