Track and Field/Cross Country Officially Announces 2020 Signees

Cody Brown (Exercise Science/Physical Therapy)
Fr. – Ida S. Baker High School – Cape Coral, Fla.

Brown on his signing: “I chose Nova Southeastern as my school because I believe it is best suited for me. I want to major in Exercise Science then eventually get a degree in Physical Therapy. Nova Southeastern not only has a Physical Therapy program, they can also guide me in the right direction and assure that this is the right path for me. Personally, NSU has a beautiful campus that is spacious but not too large. I am very grateful they offered me a partial academic scholarship that outclassed other colleges. On the non-academic side, the cross-country and track team intrigued me to be a Shark. The coach for the cross country team has plenty of experience and and I see some potential in the cross country and track program. I can’t wait to be part of that team. Lastly, when I toured their campus and talked to the people there I knew this is the place to be!”
  Cody Brown Signee Julie Bruggner (Mathematics or Physics)
Fr. – Hilda-Gymnasium Pforzheim – Birkenfeld, Germany

Bruggner on her signing: I truly feel honored to be a new member of the Sharks family. Based on excellent ratings, I immediately was convinced of the quality of the university, its academic programs and its athletic offerings. Furthermore, the training schedules sound very appealing to me, and therefore I quickly decided to sign up with NSU as a freshman starting in fall 2020. I am looking forward to becoming a Shark and I can`t wait to enjoy the sea and the sunshine in southern Florida.”
  Julie Bruggner Sign Allen Currie (Biology/Pre-Med)
Fr. –
 La Salle Academy – Smithfield, R.I.
Currie on his signing: “I have chosen Nova Southeastern for a multitude of reasons. One such reason being the cross country and track program. I am excited to join the team and discover what it means to be competing as a Shark. I am looking forward to being pushed by my teammates and coaches and continue to improve in the trails and on the track. I have also chosen Nova Southeastern for the tremendous medical programs, as I am looking to pursue a career in the medical field. With the facilities and opportunities that NSU offers, I am excited to further my academic and athletic careers at Nova Southeastern University.”
  Allen Currie Sign Holden Decker (Marine Biology)
Fr. – Galway High School – Ballston Spa, N.Y.

Decker on his signing: “I chose Nova Southeastern for several reasons. The ability to be on the water at the Guy Harvey Research Institute studying Marine Biology made Nova Southeastern an optimal choice. It’s evident that influential research is being done. I also enjoyed the team spirit I observed between the runners when I visited. I look forward to becoming a stronger runner because of the quality facilities and supportive running program. It seems like the coaches, professors and administrators at Nova Southeastern fully value their students and are committed to their growth. I’m prepared to dominate as an NSU Shark.”
  Holden Decker Sign Maya Espinosa (Business/Marketing)
Fr. – Baker School – Baker, Fla.

Espinosa on her signing: “I chose Nova Southeastern because I felt a great connection with the team and the coaching staff. The great Florida weather and the cities surrounding Fort Lauderdale also played a big part of why I chose NSU. I’m excited to continue my running career as a Shark!” Maya Espinosa Sign Tessa Grotzinger (Pre-Med)
Fr. – Saint Marys Area School – Saint Marys, Pa.

Grotzinger on her signing: 
“I chose to commit to NSU because of all the opportunities and experiences I will have. It was the first school I toured, and it remained my top choice after all my visits. My list of wants for my dream school were to study Biology, continue my running career in cross country and track, meet new people and to be somewhere south that’s warmer than Pennsylvania. NSU marks off all those boxes, which is why I chose to become a Shark!”
  Tessa Grotzinger Sign Jill Norris (MA Speech Language Pathology)
Gr. – Slippery Rock University – Clay, N.Y.

Norris on her signing: I will be graduating Slippery Rock this semester, with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health and Science and a minor in Gerontology. I got accepted into Nova Southeastern where I will be completing a graduate degree in Speech Language Pathology, and I will also have another year of eligibility to be on the cross country and track teams! I am so excited to meet you all and become part of such an amazing team!  Hope to see all of you soon!”
  Jill Norris Sign Lia Smerina – (Chemistry)
Fr. – Tottenville High School – Staten Island, N.Y.

Smerina on her signing: I chose Nova Southeastern University because I believe it will be the best place for me to blossom as a student and an athlete. What initially attracted me about Nova Southeastern University was its large variety of complex science programs and research opportunities. Specifically, I wanted to be a part of the dual-admission Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Razor’s Edge Leadership programs. After Shark Preview weekend, I realized that Nova Southeastern was much more than that. At NSU, being a Shark means to be a part of a family. The faculty and current students made me feel like I was already a part of that family. I am confident that Nova Southeastern’s tight-knit community will foster invaluable connections between peers, faculty and my teammates. I am thrilled to be a part of this family and eager to dominate as a Shark in the fall.”
  Lia Smerina Sign Natalie Stratton (Biology/Pre-Veterinary)
So. – Elmhurst College – Lake in the Hills, Ill.

Stratton on her signing: The journey in finding a school that fits all of my needs has been a long process. But worth it, as I feel Nova Southeastern checks all my blocks when it comes to academics, athletics and location. I’m ready to become a part of a program that is a family!” Natalie Stratton Sign McKinize Winget (Nursing)
Fr. – Imlay City High School – Imlay City, Mich.

Winget on her signing: I decided to go to Nova Southeastern University for many reasons. For starters, its outstanding Nursing program and the hospital being built on campus would provide me with amazing opportunities. Plus, as soon as I stepped on campus, I felt like I was at home. Then, when I met the girls on the cross country and track teams, they were all so nice to me. They even stopped to talk to me when they saw me on campus during Shark Preview weekend. After staying on campus for the weekend, I knew that NSU was the college for me.”
  McKinize Winget Sign Ivanova Yanes (Exercise Science)
Fr. – Avant Garde Academy – Hollywood, Fla.

Yanes on her signing: “I am very excited to start my studies at Nova Southeastern. I decided to become a Shark for many reasons. This university has the major I want to study which is Exercise and Sport Science. It also has a convenient location for me since it is in my home state. The cross country and track team at NSU has also motivated me to become a Shark. I am very passionate about these sports and I am happy to know that I will have the opportunity to represent NSU. In addition, the beautiful campus, the small class sizes and the individualized attention I received from the staff members were some of the many reasons for which I decided to be part of this University.”
   Ivanova Yanes Sign Adrien Zambaux (Marine Biology)
Fr. – Sarasota High School – Sarasota, Fla.

Zambaux on his signing: “I decided to commit to NSU for several factors. One is the programs which they offer for Marine Biology and Business. I saw NSU as the best-equipped school for Marine Biology through their dedicated Oceanographic Center, along with the business building of H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. Next was the environment of NSU. When doing my visit there it felt like if I was at home. Furthermore, when meeting Coach Hagopian and some of his runners, they made me feel as if I was already part of the team before I could run with them. Overall, NSU has the perfect setting for an undergraduate like me who is seeking a place to have an enjoyable time to spend at a college.”
  Adrien Zambaux Sign

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