Three athletes from Holy Family Catholic High School signed letters of intent on April 17, including Mackenzie Braden (West Virginia University), Paul Datta (University of California – San Diego), and Tori Nelson.
Braden signed to swim at West Virginia University. The three-year swim and dive team member is a three-time All-Conference selection, and was named the Section 3A Swimmer of the Year in 2012. She currently holds the Section 3A records in both the 200- and 500-freestyle races.
Braden is a three-time state participant and has received All-State and Academic All-State honors. In 2012, she finished third in both the 200 and 500 freestyles at state. She has been voted as the team’s MVP three times and spent her junior year training with the Junior national Team for the Foxjet Swim Club. She is the daughter of Michael and Julie Braden of Chaska.
West Virginia University is a Division I institution located in Morgantown, West Viriginia. The Mountaineers compete in the Big 12 Conference.
Datta signed his letter of intent to fence at the University of San Diego. Captain of the 2012-13 team, Datta is a four-year letter winner and three-time champion at the St. Paul Academy Invitational. He won the 2012 Midwest High School Invitational, and also captured the title in the Minnesota High School Championship Fencing meet in 2013. Datta also competes in non-school events, including victories in the Capitol City Youth Classic (2010), the Chris Brown Memorial (2012, 2013), and the Minnesota Open (2013).
Datta is also a four-time participant in the National Junior Olympics, and is included on the lists of best Minnesota high school foil fencers, best foiler fences of any age in Minnesota, and also is on the top-100 list of under-19 foil fences in the country. He is the son of Douglas and Kathleen Datta of Hopkins.
The University of California – San Diego is a Division II institution located in La Jolla, California. The Titan fencers compete in Division I athletics, along with the water polo and men’s volleyball teams.
Nelson signed her letter of intent April 17 to play women’s lacrosse at Tiffin University. Nelson began her lacrosse career as a freshman at Holy Family and has quickly become one of the most accomplished players in school history. Nelson has led the program to a top-ten ranking the last two seasons and is also a four-year letter winner and a member of the Minnesota Lakers Select Lacrosse. She is the daughter of Warren and Betsy Nelson of Wayzata.
Tiffin University is a Division II institution located in Tiffin, Ohio. The Dragons compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.