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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-18-2020

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 18-24, 2020 SPORTS & RECREATION 13 13 BREEZE PHOTOS BY ERIC BENEVIDES Above, Pawtucket native MADDIE TETREAULT holds a bouquet of flowers in the colors of the University of Rhode Island after she signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her swimming career with the Rams during a ceremony last Friday at La Salle Academy. Right, St. Raphael Academy seniors, from left, AMAYA DOWDY, DARIUS KIPYEGO, and RACHAEL MONGEAU wear the caps of the colleges they will attend next year during last Friday afternoon's NLI ceremony inside the Saints' gymnasium. Pawtucket athletes ink Letters of Intent to D-I universities Track star Kipyego ends suspense by picking Iowa State; Tetreault decides to continue swimming career at URI By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com PAWTUCKET – Four student-athletes with ties to Pawtucket and multiple First-Team All-State honors on their resumes made their plans to continue their careers at the Division I collegiate level official last Friday. Pawtucket native and La Salle Academy swimmer Maddie Tetreault and St. Raphael Academy seniors Darius Kipyego, Rachael Mongeau, and Amaya Dowdy signed their National Letters of Intent during ceremonies held by their respective high schools. Tetreault signed her NLI to the University of Rhode Island that morning inside La Salle's Alumni Dining Room, while Kipyego, Mongeau, and Dowdy shared the spotlight that afternoon inside the Saints' Alumni Hall. Mongeau, who will continue her distance running career at Monmouth University in New Jersey, and Dowdy, who will take the next step in her basketball career at UMass-Lowell, had earlier made their commitments to their respective schools, but Kipyego, who is a nationally-ranked middle distance runner, kept everyone in suspense with his decision until last Friday. After Mongeau and Dowdy spoke to the gathering, inked their NLIs, and took pictures with their families and coaches, Kipyego strolled to the signing table and lined up caps from Penn State, Iowa State, Virginia, and the University of Southern California along the edge of it. A minute after he addressed the crowd, Kipyego reached for the red Iowa State cap, which along with the Virginia hat, was in the middle of the table, and he placed the cap upon his head as his head coach, Chris Magill, joined him at the table wearing a Cyclones cap of his own. "They were all great schools and it was a really tough decision," Kipyego explained. "But I really just felt at home (at Iowa State). Everything just clicked right away, and from the See D-I SIGNEES, Page 15

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