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Two Cinnaminson athletes, Michael Ungvarsky and Lily Black, signed their collegiate letters of intent on Tuesday in the high school library.
Ungvarsky will be attending Duke University to run cross country and Black will be attending Rutgers University to swim.
Ungvarsky is fresh off his Group 2 state title at Holmdel on Saturday and is preparing to run in the Meet of Champions this coming weekend.
“Duke’s getting a hard worker and someone who does everything he needs to do to be the best athlete he can be,” cross country coach Dan Fourney said.
“This is the perfect example of hard work pays off. His leading by example will help teams in the future. Even though he won’t be here, he is leaving quite a legacy.”
Fourney mentioned that college cross country will be a different atmosphere. He said it is a little more team oriented compared to high school.
“I really like the program they have there for running,” Ungvarsky said. “The guys are doing really well. The location works really well for me and I want to major in economics.”
“Teamwork is important in sports and in the classroom. We’ve had smaller teams here, but everyone is dedicated.”
Ungvarsky spoke about the team’s successful fall season.
“Every single year I’ve been here getting to states has been the goal. Finally getting the chance to break through to states this year was my proudest moment.”
Black helped lead the Pirates swim team to the semifinal round of the Central, Group B tournament last season.
“Rutgers is getting a committed athlete,” swim coach Dave Schroeder said. “The times that she’s gotten over the past couple years have been a direct result of her commitment. Whether it’s in the classroom or the pool, she will be very committed to what she does.”
Schroeder offered a piece of advice to Black for her collegiate swimming career.
“We’ve only seen one little portion of a root of a giant swimming tree and those coaches at Rutgers have seen more. Have an open mind and take advantage of a new coach’s perspective.”
Black is preparing for the 2016-2017 swimming season at Cinnaminson High School.
“I knew after my recruit trip that Rutgers was the place for me,” Black said. “I wanted to cancel my other trips because it just felt so right. I really like how they are in the Big 10 and it has a really competitive atmosphere.”
“The faculty there is amazing and I know I’m going to get the best education and do it well.”
Black wants to bring her time management skills with her to college.
“Having to juggle school and swimming, it’s really hectic. There’s very little time for you to do work and things other than school and swimming. I’m going to use the skills I learned here to do both swimming and school in college.”
There were family members, friends, coaches, teachers and administrators present to watch these two record-breaking athletes sign their collegiate letters of intent.
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