‘Waited for this day my entire life’: KHS senior athletes sign letters of intent

Seniors signed letters of intent to play at the collegiate level for football, basketball, swim, track and cross country on May 1 at Keokuk High School. The students included Diego Garcia, Rylee Olsen, Lucas Swainey and Brendan Worster.

“I have waited for this day my entire life,” Angel Garcia, father of Diego who signed on to play basketball for Quincy University, said with a huge smile. Angel added, “I knew when he was born that he was special and would put me in this position.”

Diego said he is excited to play at such a high level and that he will be roommates with another KHS senior, Brendan Worster, who signed on to swim for QU. Worster touts the smaller size of the KHS swim team for helping enhance his work ethic as he prepares to compete at the collegiate level. Worster broke multiple school records at KHS and he advanced to the finals at the state swim meet earlier in 2024.

KHS Senior Lucas Swainey signed on to play football at Monmouth College, he said he chose it because of how the program is run by Coach Chad Braun and the conditioning. Swainey’s name was regularly announced over the PA at Calvert Stadium, especially in the 47-0 homecoming shutout in 2023, and he looks forward to returning to watch a game this Fall.

Senior runner Rylee Olsen is looking forward to seeing how she can improve running distance races for track and cross country for Southeastern Community College. 

“We know that you will still have Keokuk in your hearts and now we get to see what you are going to go out there and do,” Zach Summers, KHS Athletic Director, said.