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Athletic Letter of Intent May Signing Day

On Wednesday, May 18, fourteen Rambler student-athletes signed a letter of intent to play their sport at the collegiate level. We congratulate the following student-athletes and their parents!

Max Oliveira, New York University

Coach Josh Howard states, "Max is one of the leaders of this team. He comes to play every day with a great energy and focus that puts this team in a position to win. He has developed tremendously during the 3 years I have had the privilege to coach him. I am incredibly proud of Max and congratulate him on his commitment to NYU! NYU is getting not only a great ballplayer but a great young man who will do great things there! Congratulations Max!"


Angelina Giordano, Emmanuel College
Coach Jeremy Schoenecker states, “Ang has been a 2 year varsity team member. One word that describes Ang is PASSIONATE. She is an athlete who will eat, sleep and breathe the game of basketball, therefore has paved her personal path for success. Ang's work ethic is second to none. She will work, repeat, and work harder to achieve her goals. She has shown grit, power, focus and most importantly optimism. Ang always believes we will prevail. Over her 2 year varsity career the Ramblers were a combined 50-6. Not many Ramblers have had a more successful career. She has supported her teammates along the journey which is what made Ang's journey so special.”

Connor Casper, St Francis
Coach Tom Livatino: “Connor was a senior Captain, Intangible Player of the Year, All Conference Selection, and had a very productive senior year. Connor was one of the most dominant rebounders in the area. He compiled 220 points and 158 rebounds this past season, while also being a tremendous passer and defender. He leaves Loyola having taken the 2nd most charges in a season ALL TIME and a legacy of making winning plays for his teammates. He is destined for excellence at the next level because of his strong work ethic. Good luck at St. Francis!!”

John Daguinsin, Marian University
Coach Livatino states, “John Daguinsin leaves Loyola as the ALL TIME 3 Pt FG % Leader at 43.9%. That in itself is an amazing accomplishment. When Dags was in the lineup, he always gave us a chance to play our best. Most importantly, we will miss his authentic personality, infectious smile, real leadership and love for his teammates. Good Luck at Marian!!”

Shane Tarjan, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Coach Livatino states, “Shane Tarjan, senior captain and defensive player of the year, was a relentless competitor and amazing teammate. He always gave our team a chance to win with his tremendous ability to shut our opponent’s best player down. He was an elite defensive player and one of the best in the Catholic League. His best basketball is clearly ahead of him, but the effort he played with will serve as a great example to all of our future players! Good Luck at UW Stevens Point!!”


Nicolette Giamarusti, Fordham University
Coach Mike Kelley ’94: “Rusty has been a fantastic leader on our team for years. Through hard work and dedication, she has made multiple First Varsity boats throughout her rowing career here at the Academy. This year in particular, she has gone out of her way to help the novices learn about the sport and feel like they are included as part of Loyola Crew. I am very proud that Rusty has earned both academic and athletic scholarships to Fordham University and will be rowing next year at that fine school. As I told her future coach, Fordham is lucky to have Nicolette, and she is sure to be a great addition to the Rams team!”

Chris Zelinski, Loyola Marymount
Coach Martin: “Through Chris' hard work, competitive drive, and personal growth he has developed into one of the finest coxswains in the Midwest region. Loyola Marymount is truly lucky to have a person of his caliber leading their team for the next four years.”


Roger Simon, John Carroll University
Coach John Holecek states, “Roger Simon is a long, athletic, and explosive competitor who excels in whatever sport he chooses. Unfortunately during the fall, Roger dealt with a lingering injury which cost him almost his entire football season. Because of this, John Carroll is getting a huge steal and someone who should have a huge impact in a short period of time in college. When healthy, Roger can play with the best of athletes and certainly his best days are ahead of him.”

Ice Hockey

Karly Kolssak, Rochester Institute of Technology
Coach DJ Lavarre: “Karly’s talent, knowledge, hockey smarts, tenacity, and ability to hype up our bench is addictive and what sets her apart. A full package at what a coach looks for in a player.”

Alejandra Ubarri, Amherst College
Coach DJ Lavarre: “Alejandra has grown the last 4 years into such a strong, dedicated leader. She is accountable, reliable, talented, and a full package at what a coach looks for in a player.”


Jimmy Dukes, St Louis University
Coach Mike Hengelmann states, “Jimmy was a 4 year varsity swimmer and team captain this year. He is an incredibly hard working athlete and selfless teammate who defines what it means to be committed to our program. Most recently he was a member of our 2nd place 200 free relay at the state meet. His easy going and humorous demeanor will certainly be missed at practice. Jimmy is a very versatile swimmer who excels at many events and distances and will flourish at the college level. I’m very proud of Jimmy and excited to follow his swimming career at Saint Louis!”

Track and Field

Austin Cabanban, New York University
Coach Seeberg states, “One of the most accomplished sprinters in Loyola track and field history, Austin has rewritten the Rambler record-book in the 400 and 200-meter races, earning two All-State medals in 2021 and poised to vie for a state title in the 400 at next week’s IHSA Championship. An athlete who blends blazing speed, unrivaled smoothness, and steely-eyed grace under pressure, Austin has been one of the dominant sprinters in the CCL and the state of Illinois over two seasons. In 2022, Austin set a school record in the indoor 200-meters, and in his Hall of Fame career he has broken the 50-second barrier in the 400-meter dash a remarkable six times.”

Seichi Shinozaki, Bentley University
Coach Seeberg states, “A fierce competitor and a superb leader, Seichi excelled in the middle-distance races as well as the long sprints. In 2021, he earned an All-State honors as a member of the 4x400-meter relay team that medaled at the IHSA Championship. Seichi’s determination to succeed, the intensity of his focus on team success, and his genuine love for his fellow track and field brothers are the characteristics that define him as the consummate teammate.”

Aidan Simon, Drake University
Coach Dan Seeberg states, “One of the top middle-distance runners in the CCL and the state of Illinois, Aidan combined tremendous endurance, speed, and power with an unrivaled work ethic to develop into an elite runner over a range of distances from 800 to 5000 meters. His has been a remarkable four-year progression, largely defined by the passion and intensity he consistently brings to training and competition. With a finishing kick that has become a trademark, he is in a strong position to contend for All-State honors in the 1600-meters at next week’s state championship.”


Cooper Wettig, University of Illinois
Coach Collum states, “Cooper is a very talented individual that is an absolute hammer on the wrestling mat. His work in the classroom and very high wrestling IQ will no doubt carry over to the University of Illinois. As a 3-time state qualifier, state medalist and multiple tournament victories, he will certainly be missed here at Loyola.”

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