Four student-athletes from Lake Oswego HS sign letters of intent
Four student-athletes from Lake Oswego High School have officially put pen to paper to finalize their college decision.
In a ceremony held Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the LOHS gymnasium, senior student-athletes Dylan Gustaff, Vivi Kaelin, Sean McDowd and Katilyn Sasadeusz each signed letters of intent to compete in college athletics starting next fall. Gustaff said the idea to hold the signing ceremony originated with the seniors themselves.
"It was something that me and the other signees wanted to happen, so we made it happen" Gustaff said. "It was for us more than anyone. It was nice that we didn't have to sign on our own, that we could be with people."
Gustaff will attend Towson University in Towson, Maryland, where she will compete in swimming while studying business, marketing and political science.
"My parents were kind of against me going to the East Coast," Gustaff said. "But I had this mindset that if I'm given the opportunity to go swim somewhere for four years and have a new experience, then why not make it as new as possible?"
She added: "I've been to the East Coast before, and I loved it there, so I'm looking forward to the next four years."
As a junior, Gustaff took third place in the 200-yard individual medley and seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke at the 6A state finals. She also was part of two relay teams (200 medley, 400 freestyle) that took home silver medals from the 2022 state championships. With her college choice behind her, Gustaff is looking forward to feeling less pressure during her senior season with the Lakers.
Meanwhile, the other three signees also are leaving the state to pursue their futures.
Kaelin has signed on with California State University, Bakersfield, where she will compete in beach volleyball. After helping to lead the Lakers to the No. 24 seed in the 6A volleyball playoffs this year, the senior outside hitter will be trading in hardwood floors for sandy beaches as she transitions to a different style of the sport for her college career.
McDowd is heading to Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana. The LOHS senior did not compete with the Lakers this year, instead representing the school as part of the Portland Timbers Academy. During the 2022 season, McDowd has seen time with the Portland Timbers 2 side, and now he will embark on his college career with the Fighting Irish.
Sasadeusz has committed to the University of San Francisco, joining Kaelin in making the move to California. Sasadeusz was a key contributor on the Laker girls soccer team this year after sitting out the past two seasons due to injury. Among her senior-year highlights, Sasadeusz had the game-winning goal against Forest Grove to send Lake Oswego into the 6A quarterfinals.
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