Boys Track and Field: Notre Dame-bound Andrew Helmin, of Providence, a student of the sport
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media April 17, 2013 9:38PM
Providence's Andrew Helmin. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
WHERE THEY’RE GOING
Wednesday marked the opening of the National Letter of Intent signing period for prospective 2013-14 student-athletes. The following local athletes announced their college choices Wednesday in those sports:
PLAYER SPORT COLLEGE
Nick Andrade Baseball Joliet JC
Morgan Flaherty Bowling St. Francis
Lea Gindville Soccer Benedictine
Connor Hogan Baseball Webster
Jess Kaemerer Softball Purdue N. Central
Danny Murphy Volleyball Limestone
Katie Nork Bowling St. Francis
Therese Schultz Volleyball Loras
Adam Slattery Football Winona State
Kara Winans Soccer Carthage
Kellan Berens Lacrosse Aurora
Mariah Brown Lacrosse Howard
Erik Callaghan Baseball Benedictine
Katlynn Dee Lacrosse St. Mary’s
Brent Feldner Baseball Oakton
Jacob Forney Football UW-Platteville
John Hotchkiss Football UW-Platteville
Sam Kinder Lacrosse North Central
Conner Maday Baseball Denison
Shannon Milazzo Soccer St. Ambrose
Rayanne Muzzo Diving Central Conn.
Kevin Phillips Basketball Parkland
Colleen Rynne Volleyball Illinois Wesleyan
Becca Stanton Softball Aurora
Pat Swanson Football UW-Platteville
Natalia Szyller Softball Aurora University
Grace Van Beest Swimming St. Mary’s (Minn.)
Ryan Waaso Baseball South Suburban
Cameron Brach Football St. Ambrose
Joshua Cwiertniak Football Illinois College
Andrew Helmin Track & Field Notre Dame
Kevin Kozan Basketball Henderson State
Courtey McEnery Cheerleading Indiana
Max Picard Soccer Benedictine
Brandon Price Football Augustana
Rebecca Rachke Volleyball Millikin
Bailey Sineni Cheerleading Alabama
Chad Weaver Track & Field Southern Illinois
Ron Zychowski Football St. Ambrose
Jamie Harcar Softball Prairie State
Updated: May 19, 2013 7:44AM
Providence hurdler Andrew Helmin will be going to Notre Dame on a track scholarship thanks to his talent, a year-round running schedule and YouTube.
Helmin said he watches YouTube videos of China’s Liu Xiang and Cuba’s Dayron Robles, both Olympic gold medalists, to help him improve his overall performance on the track.
“Their form and arms, where the legs are, everything,’’ Helmin said of what he gains from examining races of the Olympic champions.
Notre Dame didn’t need to see the 6-foot-3 Helmin win a state championship in either hurdle race to offer him a scholarship.
Helmin finished fourth in both the 110-meter hurdles and the 300 hurdles in the 2012 Class 2A state meet. His times were comparable to the Class 3A finalists, especially in the 300 hurdles.
“Their coaches know what I’ve done,’’ he said. “They know I have a lot of room to grow and get a lot better, and that I’m a good worker.’’
Helmin, who plans to major in business, seriously was considering Michigan and Illinois. An indication he might have had a favorite for a while came in February when the first school he mentioned was Notre Dame.
“I spent the last month or two going back and forth between all three colleges,’’ he said. “I would have a different college I was going to every day. It just came down to where I had to make a decision.
“I felt like it was the best fit for me for academics and athletics — they’re both great. With Notre Dame, I’d get the best of everything.’’
Helmin went from not qualifying for the state meet as a sophomore to making the finals in both hurdle races last year. He said he trained “more than ever before’’ between his sophomore and junior years.
“He has worked hard for everything he’s gotten,’’ Providence coach Mark Coglianese said. “When he came to Providence he wasn’t a stud athlete. He just keeps getting better and better.’’
Another Providence signee is pole vaulter Chad Weaver, who’ll attend Southern Illinois. Weaver cleared 15 feet to finish third in the state last year.