Holy Trinity’s Fontanin, Jacobsen soak in signing day experience

Holy Trinity seniors Bianca Fontanin (left) and Elle Jacobsen signed their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. Fontanin signed to play soccer at Ave Maria University while Jacobsen will dive for Davidson University.

They didn’t just dream about this day.

They put in all the hard work necessary to make it happen.

So, when Holy Trinity seniors Bianca Fontanin and Elle Jacobsen signed their National Letters of Intent to further their athletic careers Wednesday morning, there was no question they felt the impact of the moment.

“It means a lot,” said Fontanin, who signed to play soccer at Ave Maria University. “I’ve spent the past couple of years, since ninth or 10th grade, dreaming about this. Just to make it come true, it really means a lot to me.

“I’ve been working all my life for this, since I was three years old and started playing soccer.”

Jacobsen, one of the top divers in the state, is heading to Davidson University in North Carolina.

“I’ve been super excited my whole life for this day because I always wanted to dive in college,” Jacobsen said. “Honestly, it’s just been amazing. I’m just so thankful for all my coaches. They’ve put in a lot of work with me. And my parents, of course, they’ve done everything for me.

“I’m just excited to finally commit and I’m super excited to go to Davidson. I toured it and it was amazing.”

Fontanin, who was recruited to play forward for Ave Maria, not only put in work on the soccer field, but also took part in another sport to try help her improve her overall game.

“I came to a point where I was trying to figure out what I could do to be better and one of the things my coaches had brought up to me was that I could work on my stamina and be a little faster,” Fontanin said. “One of the things I saw other players doing and I thought I could do was join the cross-country team at the school.”

Fontanin ran for the Tigers for the past three years, though it was a little harder this past season as she was recovering from a torn ACL.

Now fully healed, she’s helping the Holy Trinity team on its quest to get to the state tournament and looking forward to the future.

“I really wanted to continue going to a school that had a Christian background,” Fontanin said. “Ave Maria is a Catholic school, and I liked how it was a small, walkable campus. And it was somewhat close to home.”

She plans to major in nursing.

Jacobsen, who plans to major in Biology with an eye toward pre-Med or pre-Dentistry, said there was one thing about Davidson that made it really stand out.

“Davidson stuck out to me because of the people there,” she said. “I was fortunate to stay with the team and they were really welcoming and really sweet. Even the coach, Coach Greg (Ferrucci) is amazing. You can tell he has a positive attitude with his coaching.

“And then the campus is beautiful. It’s in North Carolina, so I feel like it’s got the perfect weather – not too hot, but not too cold. It was an amazing time.”

Jacobsen has been diving for the past seven years, but her inspiration came long before that.

“My mom was a diver when she was younger,” she said. “I used to be a swimmer and a golfer. We tried diving and I just loved the adrenaline rush of it and the flipping aspect, so it kind of just stuck.”

Her high school career isn’t finished yet, either, as she will compete in the Class 1A state championship meet Friday in Stuart.

After winning the regional championship earlier this month, Jacobsen is looking forward to improving on last year’s second-place finish at the state meet.

In other words, she’s going for gold.

“I’m super excited,” she said. “I think it will be fun.”