Five King School Seniors from Class of 2021 Honored at D1 College Athlete Signing Day

King School is very proud and excited to recognize the tremendous achievements of five standout student-athletes who were honored with a signing ceremony on campus on Wednesday afternoon, with King Seniors Anna Boeckman (Swimming - UPENN), Olivia Boeckman (Tennis - Lafayette College), Harrison Feinberg (Baseball - University of Southern California), Sarah Hammoud (Crew - Boston College), and Sydney Fishkin (Crew - Rutgers University) announcing their commitments to compete at the NCAA Division I level next year.  Read media coverage of the students' accomplishments. 

Due to social distancing and health protocols at King, only select family members were able to attend these special events on campus. Later in the Spring, King will also recognize and honor the entire Class of 2021 college athletes to celebrate their NCAA commitments.

Congratulations to Anna, Olivia, Harrison, Sydney, and Sarah! 

Name: Anna Boeckman

Hometown: Greenwich, Connecticut 

Years Swimming: 14 years

Club Team: Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club (CPAC)

Committed: University of Pennsylvania

I am super excited that I am going to be able to continue swimming in college. I could not have kept up with all the training and competing without the support of my parents, teammates and coaches. More specifically, my teammates and coaches have been there for me during hard practices and I cannot thank them enough. 

King has been very supportive of my busy schedule with practices and competitions and I really appreciate all that. Not only do the teachers help me catch up on work I might have missed but they also are very supportive in working with all the student-athletes at King. I am so happy that I am able to share this experience with my sister, Olivia, as I know we both have worked super hard and supported each other through it all. 

From playing a variety of sports when we were young to focusing on different ones now, Olivia has always encouraged me to keep pushing forward and trying my best. I am very pleased we will both be in Pennsylvania and not far apart. UPENN has a lot of great academic programs I am interested in and I am excited to be back in a city.   

The team at UPENN is really close and the coaches are great, and I cannot wait to be a Quaker.

 

Name: Olivia Boeckman

Hometown: Greenwich, Connecticut 

Years Playing Tennis: 5 years

Club Team: Rye Racquet Club with JG Tennis Development

Committed: Lafayette College 

It feels incredible to be able to commit to Lafayette College. I started playing tennis when I was 6 years old, before playing competitively in 8th grade. Four years ago I would not have seen myself competing at a D1 level. I knew I had to work extremely hard and that is exactly what I did. It feels amazing to have all the hard work and determination pay off and I am super excited to be going to a very good academic and athletic school. 

My time with King Tennis and King made me a better student-athlete because King helped me manage my time very well and taught me that academics are just as important as tennis. King helped me be independent and this transferred onto the court because tennis is a very individual sport. King Tennis also helped me enjoy tennis even more because it made me be part of a team. Playing tennis outside of school is a very independent and individual thing to do, so being able to play tennis with a team was super fun. It gave me a glimpse of what playing on a college team would be like in terms of the friendships built with the girls on the team. 

It's amazing to share this experience with Anna. I have watched her work so hard over the years and being able to accomplish our goals is an awesome feeling. We have always been super close and I can't wait to see her do big things at the collegiate level. It's also a little bit sad because Anna and I have been together for everything. This is going to be our first time going to separate schools. 

I'm looking forward to meeting everyone on the team and building friendships with my teammates. I also can't wait to start competing for Lafayette and putting my hard work into the collegiate level. I can't wait to represent Lafayette and have an awesome four years on the team. 

 

Name: Harrison Feinberg

Hometown: Greenwich, Connecticut

Years Playing Baseball: 14 years 

Club Team: Greenwich Cannons

Committed: University of Southern California 

Finalizing my commitment to USC means a lot to me. It has always been a goal of mine to play at the Division 1 level and getting the opportunity to do so  is really awesome as I worked very hard to get here. 

I have been at King since kindergarten and my time here has shaped the way I am as both a student and athlete. King has a great learning environment that helps you grow as a student and achieve success in the classroom. From lower school P.E. to competitive team sports, my middle and high school years have allowed me to play a different array of sports and help me grow as an athlete. I am most looking forward to being able to play baseball every day in the warm weather and compete with my teammates at the next level.

 

Name: Sydney Fishkin 

Hometown: Greenwich, Connecticut  

Years Rowing: 7 years 

Club Team: Connecticut Boat Club 

The long hours of training and competing proves that hard work and dedication pay off. It is also very exciting and special to be able to do what youI  love at the college level. 

Having girls who work hard at practice and in their own schools definitely pushed me to be my best and the teachers at King made it so easy to be both a student and an athlete. Rowing takes up a lot of time because races are not one day but usually three, so having flexible and reliable teachers who are always there for you is something I was extremely grateful for. 

When I first joined my club team I had a one-on-one one meeting with my coach, and we talked about how the work wasn't going to be easy and at times your body is going to want to quit, but that's what your team is for. My teammates are my best friends and I would do anything for them and I know they would do the same. The workouts were hard and grueling, but we're a family of girls who are always there for one another. I am most looking forward to training at the college level, and because of Rutgers rank competing against some of the best teams in the country. I am also very excited to start taking more in-depth classes that interest me and meet new people. 

Sydney is following in her father's footsteps by rowing at Rutgers. Watch the News12 Sports interview with Sydney and Doug Fishkin. 

 

Name: Sarah Hammoud 

Hometown: Greenwich, Connecticut 

Years Rowing: 4 years 

Club Team: Connecticut Boat Club 

Committed: Boston College 

This moment is amazing. I knew all the hard work I put in, missing so many school events, and the constant weekends of waking up at 6:00 am all paid off. I bursted into tears of excitement!

After racing with King for two seasons, I think the King team pushed me to realize this was a sport I loved and wanted to be a part of moving forward. I am looking forward to rowing on the Charles River for the first time in Boston, but also to have a team that will be like my second family.

I can not wait to have that with the new teammates I will have at Boston College. King School Athletics continues its storied tradition of preparing student-athletes to compete in college at the NCAA Division I, Division II, and Division III levels, as Anna, Olivia, Harrison, Sydney, and Sarah now join a long prestigious list of King Alumni Athletes who have gone on to win championships, earn awards, play professionally, and help pave the way for future Vikings in athletics.  

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