Senior Signs to Swim at VMI

Chaminade Julienne senior Katheryne Austin signed a National Letter of Intent Friday, May 13 to join the NCAA Division I swimming and diving program at the Virginia Military Institute.

Austin will receive a partial athletic grant in addition to a local VMI scholarship, and has earned the Four-Year Army ROTC Scholarship, worth approximately $120,000. She intends to double major in International Studies and Arabic while competing for the Keydets of the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) under head coach Bill Nicholson.

“Signing with VMI is a dream come true,” she said. “When I was little, it was my goal to be able to swim in college. Hence, this opportunity means the world to me. I love swimming and the fact that I will be able to pursue this passion is awesome.

“If it were not for my coaches or parents, I would not be here today,” Austin added. She resides in Spring Valley with parents Donald and Merry Beth, and sister Merry Ellen, a freshman at CJ.

As an Eagles swimmer, Austin both lettered and qualified to compete at the district tournament in each of her four years of high school, earning second team All-GGCL honors in three of those seasons. She also serves as Secretary of the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society and was one of nine seniors to be selected in 2010 as a member of the school’s Faith Leaders in God’s Hands Today (FLIGHT) program.