Swimmer Baldoni signs with Seattle University
Local swimmer Jack Baldoni signed his National Letter of Intent Wednesday, committing to Division I Seattle University and joining the Red Hawks swim team.
“Jack really wanted to be a Division-I athlete and understood that he would have to put in the work to achieve that,” Northern Sierra Aquatics swim coach Daryn Glasgow said. “We’re really proud of him.”
Baldoni is a member of the Northern Sierra Aquatics swim team and competes in the sprint events such as the 50 free, 100 free and 100 butterfly.
“He’s one of those guys that’s super dedicated,” Glasgow said. “He’s a super good leader, and we’re going to miss him.”
Baldoni’s journey to a D-I scholarship wasn’t one that came easily and one that posed difficult decisions, as well as pressure from former teammates, Baldoni said.
Entering his senior year at Colfax High School, Baldoni, a three-sport athlete, had to weigh his athletic options with the goals he had set for himself.
“It has always been my dream to be a Division-I athlete,” said Baldoni, who dropped football and basketball in his senior year to focus on swimming. “It was a hard decision, but it definitely paid off. I have no regrets.”
The swimmer, who looks like a linebacker, said he hopes to make an immediate impact on the Red Hawks.
“My expectations are high,” he said. “I want to come in and be a leader and make an impact as a freshman.”
Glasgow said he has all the tools to be a quality member of the Red Hawks.
“They (Seattle University) are excited to have him come in and make a huge impact,” she said.
Baldoni chose Seattle over other schools like the University of Wyoming and the University of Hawaii because of its proximity to home and its nursing program.
“They have the degree I want, it was the closest to home and the team seemed like a perfect fit for me,” Baldoni said.
He also went on to thank his coach Daryn Glasgow and his teammates for helping him become the swimmer he is.
“I had no idea about my capabilities in the water and she (Glasgow) changed everything,” he said.
Baldoni, who received a partial athletic scholarship, as well as several academic scholarships, said he will join the Red Hawk team in September.
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