BATAVIA – On Tuesday, three Batavia High School graduates announced their determination to pursue their athletic careers at the college level.
Rebekah Daniszewski, Tyler Kleinbach and Stone Siverling attended the Blue Devils Spring “Signing Day”.
Daniszewski announced that she will be bringing her talents to Seton Hill University, where she will cast for the Griffins Track and Field program.
“I’ve been there twice and both times fell in love with the campus more,” said Daniszewski. “I just connected with the students and athletes I met while there, and the coaches were great. It was a really easy decision for me. “
Seton Hill, a university in Greensburg, PA, is participating in the NCAA Division II.
During her time at Batavia Daniszewski developed into one of the top athletes in the country in the shot put. Last winter, she achieved the highest distance in the shot put (40-8.25) of any female indoor athlete in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. Daniszewski ended her HS career as a four-time section champion in the shot put, while this season she added another discus title with a top throw of 107-07.
“I will definitely miss it very much because it will be different to go to a different school and try to make new memories with new people,” said Daniszewski about her time at Batavia. “I will definitely miss the bond with people who are closer and more obvious (coach Dan Geiger) because he’s been my coach for a long time.”
Kleinbach will attend Genesee Community College, where he will compete for the Cougars swim team in the NJCAA.
“I’m ready for it,” said Kleinbach. “I’m ready to push myself and make a name for myself.”
During his time in the Batavia / Notre Dame swimming team, Kleinbach was a two-time All-Star and achieved best times of 1: 07.78 over 100 meters chest, 5: 17.50 over 500 meters freestyle and 2: 01.14 inches the 200-meter Freestyle.
“I will definitely miss it very much,” said Kleinbach about his time at Batavia. “I had a lot of fun with my friends and we encouraged each other a lot during our events to reach the next level of the competition. I think that helped us a lot. “
Siverling announced that he will attend Alfred State University, where he will play for the Pioneers basketball team.
“I will miss it very much,” said Siverling of his time at Batavia. “All the off-season stuff we’ve been through and our season in general. It was heartbreaking how it ended, but it’s exciting to go ahead and do bigger things now. “
During his senior season, Siverling helped lead the Blue Devils with a Section V victory. He averaged 18 points, eight rebounds and two blocks per game for Batavia that year.
For Siverling, choosing Alfred State was all about finding the right fit.
“After our section game against Wayne the Alfred State Coach (Jerry Jusianiec) texted me and we became interested. So we paid a visit up there, ”said Siverling. “When we got there, we took a look around and got a feel for the campus and talked to him more about it, and it really interested me. We decided it was a good fit for us and went there. “
Like Daniszewski and Kleinbach, Siverling is looking forward to taking his talents to the next level.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Siverling. “It’s the same as high school. You just have to keep working on it every day. “