Four St. Joseph’s Academy seniors signed national letters of intent on April 12 and will compete at the collegiate level next year. The signing ceremony was held in the school library.
Elise Bordlee will join Louisiana Tech University’s cross country and track and field teams; Annie Hill will run cross country and track at Clemson University; Isabella Kotval will compete on the Spring Hill University cross country and track and field teams; and Bethany Seagraves will swim for Emory University.
Bordlee is a three-year member of the SJA cross country team and four-year member of the track and field team. She is a 2016 All-Metro Cross Country First Team honoree. She was joined at the signing ceremony by her parents, Julia and Greg Bordlee, and family friend Kimberly McDaniel. “It truly was an amazing experience seeing all my friends, teammates and family coming together to celebrate such a great milestone in my life,” Bordlee said. “I’m so excited to continue my running career and take it to the collegiate level. I’m especially excited to be in a new town, be able to get know a new team and form new bonds hopefully just as strong as the ones with my teammates at SJA.”
Hill is four-year member of the cross country and track and field teams. She has All-State and All-Metro recognition to her credit. She was named the Advocate’s Star of Stars for girls cross country in 2013 and 2014. She was joined at the signing by her parents, Louise and Jimmy Hill, and her siblings, Julianna, Mary Elizabeth and Thomas. “Signing my national letter of intent while surrounded by all of the people who have loved and supported me throughout my years at SJA was incredible,” she said. “I am most looking forward to having the opportunity to grow and improve as a runner through the experiences and people I will encounter during my time on the collegiate level.”
Kotval is a three-year member of the cross country team and two-year member of the track and field team. She was named to the Cross Country All-Metro Honorable Mention team this fall. She was joined at the ceremony by her parents, Irene and Mike Kotval. “It was so exciting to officially sign to run for Spring Hill next year,” she said. “I was so happy to be surrounded by my family, friends, teammates and coaches who have supported me over the years. It was wonderful to be given the opportunity to sign with the other girls who are continuing on to the next level. I am so grateful that I will be able to continue my running career, and I am especially grateful that I will be able to join my sister, Nicole, on the team next year. I am excited to continue running but now in a Spring Hill uniform.”
Seagraves is a four-year member of the SJA swim team. She was named Female Swimmer of the Meet at this year’s Metro Championship. She is a four-year member of the All-Metro and All-State teams and the state champion in the 100 yard backstroke and 200 yard individual medley. She was joined at the ceremony by her mother, Jenny Seagraves, and brother, Nick. “I was incredibly happy to see my family, teammates and friends at the signing,” she said. “They all played a hand in getting me to the point I’ve reached. I felt like it was a ceremony for us and not just me. I look forward to the change of pace at Emory from my club/high school experience. I’m also very excited to meet the Emory swim team as they focus a lot on teamwork and family.”
WAFB covered the signing ceremony. The student-athletes were also supported by a large gathering of administrators, teammates, coaches, friends and faculty/staff members.
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos by Jennifer M. Fontaine
Date posted: April 13, 2017