Six more students sign commitments to play collegiate sports this fall

Six more students sign commitments to play collegiate sports this fall

Six student athletes at The Summit Country Day School signed commitment papers to play on college teams this fall.

The signing ceremony attended by family, friends and teammates on Thursday, April 18, mirrored a ceremony in November when six other Silver Knights signed their papers bringing the total collegiate athletes in Summit’s Class of 2024 to 12.

Joaquin Beatty signed to play soccer at NCAA Division III, DePauw University, the home of the Tigers. Joaquin played four years of soccer at Summit, including three for varsity. During his career he was named to the All-Midwest Region Team (2023), First Team All-State (2023), All-Southwest District Team (2023), Cincinnati.com First Team (2023), First Team All-MVC (2023), Second Team All-MVC (2022). Joaquin saved every penalty kick that he ever faced in regulation play, and he saved two penalty kicks in the regional semi-final this year, which helped send the team through to the regional final. 

“Joaquin exemplifies true work ethic,” says Summit Boys’ Soccer Varsity Head Coach Scott Sievering. “His on-field success is a testament to his off-field work ethic. Joaquin has embraced the grind, and it has shaped him into arguably the best goalkeeper Summit Soccer has ever had.” 

Jalen Dandridge signed signing to play basketball at NCAA Division III, Heidelberg University, where he will be a Student Prince. Jalen is a two-year varsity player for Summit. He set career highs in nearly all statistical categories his senior year where he was named to All-MVC Second Team. He also helped lead the team to the MVC league title. 

Summit Boys’ Basketball Varsity Head Coach Kevin Johnson said Jalen shows leadership and a willingness to be coached. “Jalen has a lot of passion about the game of basketball, and he made sure that our team carried that same passion,” Coach Johnson said. “Jalen puts in the work to be the best player he can be, and I was honored to have him as a part of my first senior campaign.”  

Drew Hinton signed to row at NCAA Division III, Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where he will be a Cardinal. In the course of his rowing training, Drew has rowed more than 9,000,000 meters (approximately 5,600 miles. That is same as rowing from Cincinnati to the Mississippi river, down to New Orleans, out into the Gulf of Mexico, around Florida, the Bahamas, and Bermuda, across the Atlantic, and into the harbor of Porto, Portugal. He has competed against crews from around the country, and beaten most of them, according to Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club Head Coach Greg Hull. 

“This year Drew was elected team captain by his peers,” Coach Hull said. “Drew’s crew is 18-0 so far this spring. Drew is strong, loyal to his teammates, and exceptionally durable. He instinctively leads by example. Drew is an excellent oarsman and team captain.” 

Lily Martin signed to play soccer at NCAA Division II, Thomas More University, the home of the Saints. Lily has been a four-year varsity letter winner at Summit, a two-year captain, three-time All-MVC, three-time All-SW Ohio, two-time All-Enquirer, three-time All-SW Ohio academic, All-Ohio Academic and a 2023 State Champion. Lily was also a four-year varsity basketball letter winner and three-time team captain. Lily is the third member of the Class of 2024 to commit to play in college and will be one of eight active alumni to be playing in college during the 2024 season.

“She has been the anchor and the leader of our defense for the past four seasons, taking that mantle from her sister who held the same position down in the four seasons prior to her arrival,” said Summit Girls’ Soccer Varsity Head Coach Mike Fee. “Like her sister Rachel, Lily helped to lead a dominant defense to a state title. The team this season tied the school record for shutouts and allowed only 10 goals in 24 games. Over the past two seasons, Lily helped to mentor Bree Reder into becoming an All-American defender. Lily was commonly referred to by her teammates as the consummate leader.” 

Sumner Shroyer signed to play football at NCAA Division III, Wittenberg University, the home of the Tigers. Sumner earned FirstTeam All-MVC, All-District, All-Region and was Honorable Mention All-State his senior year.

“Sumner did an amazing job kicking, and punting, for us this season,” said Summit Varsity Head Coach Mark Hafner. “With his ability and hard work, the sky's the limit for this young man as he continues to kick at the next level.”

Maddie Sumnar signed to row at NCAA Division I, Villanova University, the home of the Wildcats. During Maddie’s rowing career she placed 16th at the U.S. Rowing Youth Nationals in the second Varsity Eight; 13th in Varsity Four at the Head of the Hooch; third at the 2023 Midwest Regionals in third Varsity Eight; and first at the 2023 Midwest Regionals in Third Varsity Four, among numerous other medals at local and regional regattas. 

Her rowing coach said this: “While Maddie has had many successes on the water, she is more exceptional as a teammate and a person. She comes to practice every day and lifts up her teammates. She always has a smile and kind words. She shares her experiences over the years with younger teammates to give them perspective and guidance. She has a strong voice to speak up when she sees things that are not the way they should be. She listens and empathizes when others need support.” 

In November, six other Summit athletes signed commitments to college teams for this fall. They were Lacrosse player Nate Borman, who will join the Division II Cavaliers at Walsh University in North Canton; Tommy DeRoussel, who will play Division I soccer at George Mason University in Fairfax County, Virginia; Graham Hodge, who committed to play football for Johns Hopkins University, a Division III school in Baltimore, Md; soccer player Maggie McDowell, who will join the Division III team at Trine University in Angola, Ind.; Lily Mitchell, who will swim for College of the Holy Cross, a Division I school in Worcester, Mass.; and Samantha "Sammy" Vibberts, who will play Division I soccer at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC.