Staples senior swimmer Jonathan Blansfield finalized his college plans by signing a Letter of Intent to attend Division I Northwestern Friday afternooon.

Blansfield, who swims for the YMCA Water Rats and Staples High School, gave a verbal commitment Oct. 15.

"I fell in love with Northwestern on my recruiting trip in September," said Blansfield, who had also considered Bucknell, Indiana and Williams & Mary, in a press release. "The other schools were strong contenders, but Northwestern is the place I want to be."

Blansfield won the 500 yard freestyle at the FCIAC. Class LL and State Open last season.

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