Holy Trinity pair sign national letters of intent


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Volleyball player Laura Boos, left, and swimmer Selena Nishihata signed national letters of intent to continue their athletic endeavors at the next level.

Carl Kotala

Laura Boos and Selena Nishihata couldn’t help but get a little emotional as they addressed their families and their fellow Holy Trinity classmates after signing their national letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at the next level.

“Going into it, I was really confident that it was going to be super fun and I wouldn’t cry,” Boos said. “This will be easy. It’s a happy day. Really good things are happening for both me and Selena.

“But when I started talking about things I’m passionate about . . . it did kind of get emotional.”

Boos, who will leave Holy Trinity as the school’s all-time leader in kills (845) and blocks (173), signed to play beach volleyball at LSU.

Nishihata, who went to last month’s Class 1A state swimming meet in the 100 butterfly and the 200 individual medley, signed to continue her career at Davidson College.

And like Boos, she couldn’t help but feel some emotion as she took the podium during the signing day ceremony.

“When I thanked everyone, I realized their impact on my life,” Nishihata said. “It hit me.”

Holy Trinity’s school record holder in the 200 freestyle (1 minute, 58 seconds) plans to study pre-Med.

“It was a smaller school and I knew they had the balance between academics and a good Division I team,” she said.

“That’s what I wanted. I didn’t want swimming to be too overbearing, but to have a good balance.”

Nishihata began swimming when she was 9, and while getting the chance to compete in college was always on her mind, she didn’t really look at it seriously until her junior year when she was looking at colleges.

“You just have to set realistic goals and find out what’s right for you, swimming wise,” she said.

Among those Boos thanked in her speech was Vicki Bransford, Dean of Junior High, who was her junior high physical education teacher and convinced Boos to try out for volleyball in eighth grade.

After looking at a number of different schools, Boos picked LSU because it was the best fit.

“It was really hard, the recruitment process, because everywhere you went, the people were great, the programs were great, the girls were great,” she said. “But when I went to visit my first time at LSU, it just kind of clicked. Everyone there … it just felt right. It felt like a place I could call home.”