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Spring Signing Day

Spring Signing Day

Six seniors in five sports sign to become collegiate student-athletes

The early morning Signing Day ceremonies are always big community events at Jesuit despite the pre-Convocation start time, and Wednesday (April 12) in the Tiger Palace was no exception.

Teammates, friends, family, and coaches awoke in the wee hours to celebrate six seniors in five sports who signed with the college of their choice on the fourth and final Signing Day ceremony of 2022-23.

Jesuit's director of communications, Pete Young, introduced the signees, who walked out from the locker room one by one. School president Fr. Richard C. Hermes, S.J. and athletic director Terry Rupp '84 spoke about taking all they have learned at Jesuit with them to college, and then Rupp gave the indication to sign the paperwork and make it official. (Click here for a video from the ceremony.)

The April 12 signees:

Sasha Fiola – Swimming – Lynn University
Jack Jacobsen – Golf – Maryville College
Jordan Jansen – Swimming – U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Grant Jordan – Baseball – University of Tampa
Abi Lindblom – Soccer – Saint Leo University
Cale Shwedo – Football – Sewanee: The University of the South

Fiola and Jansen have been key cogs in the Jesuit swimming dynasty the past few years, helping the Tigers continue streaks of 26 straight District titles and 14 straight Region crowns while winning the State title in 2020 and finishing as State runner-up in 2021 and 2022.

Jacobsen became one of Jesuit's top golfers the past two seasons after dedicating himself to the sport during the COVID-19 pandemic. He helped the Tigers to a State runner-up finish in 2021 and shot a 73 at the District Tournament this fall as the Tigers captured their 17th straight District crown. 

Jordan was the starting 3rd basemen on the 2022 State Championship team, and this season he got a preview of his baseball future when he helped the Tigers earn the prestigious Saladino Tournament title playing at the University of Tampa.

Lindblom was an anchor in the midfield for Jesuit soccer, linking the defense and offense on nationally ranked teams that reached the State Tournament every year. Like Jordan, Lindblom got a preview of his soccer future when he helped lead the Tigers to the Champions League title this season at Saint Leo University.

Shwedo was the starting center for Jesuit football in 2022, helping running back Joquez Smith '23, who signed with Temple University in December, to rank third all-time in total touchdowns (75) in county history. Shwedo also was a part of the 2021 Jesuit football State Championship team.

This is the last of four signing ceremonies at Jesuit this school year, occurring on the first day of the NCAA's spring signing period.  Each year, 20-30 Jesuit student-athletes sign Letters of Intent to participate in college athletics. For more photos, go to the Facebook page Jesuit High School of Tampa.