WATCHUNG, NJ – Cranford student Shayna Hollander is one of six athletes from Mount Saint Mary Academy who signed a letter of intent from their respective colleges/universities during a reception with family, friends and faculty.

Hollander will swim at Duke University next fall, according to a press release from Mount Saint Mary Academy.

“I am very excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and swimming careers at Duke University,” Hollander said in the press release. “I would especially like to thank all of my teachers, coaches, and friends who have helped me along the way. My time at the Mount has gone so fast, but certainly has prepared me for college and beyond."

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This is the largest number of athletes to sign letters of intent in the academy's 109-year history, according to the press release.

“I am so proud of our young ladies that signed today,” Denise E. Materia, Assistant Directress and Director of Athletics, said in the press release. “The impact they have had on our athletic programs is significant.  More importantly than just athletic ability they brought scholarship, leadership and sportsmanship. Wishing them all the best as they continue on to college.”

The six athletes who signed letters of intent are:  

Alaina Parisella of Chatham, who will play lacrosse at Brown University

Shayna Hollander of Cranford, who will swim at Duke University

Samantha Tush of Springfield , who will play lacrosse at Saint Joseph’s University

Maria Jaeckel of Warren, who will participate in Track & Field at Loyola University Maryland

Emma Genovese of Warren, who will play lacrosse at High Point University

Jennah Santiago of Stirling, who will play lacrosse at Coastal Carolina University