MILLBURN, NJ - Seven Millburn High School athletes announced their college commitments on Wednesday at a ceremony hosted by Athletic Director Frank Bifulco. Seniors Abby Hartwig, Lily Mynott, Rachel Novick, Zachery Ravitz and Noah Yadgaroff committed to Division 3 schools, while Matt Grossman and Stephanie Schrage committed to the Ivy League, both set to attend Princeton University in the fall.
"This is an exciting time. You should all be proud of the commitments that you made and the schools you are going to, they are all great." Bifulco said to the proud assemblage of parents, family and athletes. "Most importantly, it doesn't matter what division of college athletics you chose to play at; it is an honor to now be able to step up to the NCAA and play at the next level."
Grossman who will run cross country and track at Princeton said of his choice "One of the big things for me was it's a beautiful campus. It's great academically, so that was a big factor for me, academics. I think the coach is great and I will do well under his training."
Schrage echoed Grossman's sentiment as she prepares to join the Princeton women's tennis team. "I chose Princeton because of its high-level combination of academics and athletics that are both important to me. I'm most excited to be on the team and help the team succeed."
Franklin and Marshall, a Division 3 school in Lancaster, PA will welcome three Millburn High talents in the fall in field hockey, basketball and cross country/track & field.
"I chose Franklin and Marshall because the campus was beautiful, the team was welcoming, and it felt like the right fit for me," Yadgaroff explained.
Mynott expressed a similar sentiment looking forward to her college experience. "It has all the academic programs, and they have an amazing field hockey program, and they are really competitive in their conference.
"I chose F&M over the other schools because of the great academics, long history of the success of the basketball program," Ravitz said as he prepares to trade in Millers gear for the blue and white of the Diplomats. "To play for a coach like Coach Robinson who has so much experience and such a winning record."
Washington University in St. Louis is welcoming Novick to the cross country/track & field ranks. "I chose Wash U because I wanted to be able to run track at the D3 level and it has a really great academic program so I could balance the two."
Hartwig is excited to jump into swimming at Ithaca College and enjoy the college experience. "I chose Ithaca because I love the area and the pool and the swim team and I'm really excited for the next four years there."
The event was outside of official signing period which ran November 9 through November 16 and has another set for spring 2017, so no Letters of Intent were signed. Announcing commitments outside of that period is an accepted practice to recognize students who are continuing to college level athletics.