Surrounded by cheering classmates and family, Kayla Lilly ’13 yesterday signed her National Letter of Intent to swim for the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Mrs. Blackburn then read a message from Kayla’s future coach at UMBC, Chad Craddock. Coach Craddock said, “We are extremely excited to have Kayla become a part of our Retriever family. Our team is built up of great individuals who unite as one. We know Kayla will be a fantastic addition to our swimming program and we look forward to four great years.”
Kayla’s fellow seniors began a chant of “Kayla! Kayla!” as Director of College Counseling Mrs. Deborah Zatkowski ushered Kayla forward to sign the National Letter of Intent. The seniors then enveloped her in a group hug.
Signing a National Letter of Intent places Kayla into an elite category of student athletes. Only two percent of student athletes nationwide sign a letter of intent to play sports at the collegiate level in Division 1 or Division 2 of the NCAA. By signing, Kayla is assured of an athletic scholarship as a member of the UMBC Retrievers swim team.
Kayla is the third Montrose student to go on to compete in athletics at the Division 1 level. She follows Sarah Blahnik ’06, who played lacrosse at Stanford University, and Carey Irwin ’10, who plays lacrosse at Siena College.