Carondelet Student Athletes Sign Letters of Commitment to Play Collegiate Sports

Concord, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2015) – Carondelet High School honored its athletes today in a special ceremony that recognized the achievements of the school's fall sports: golf, volleyball, tennis, water polo and cross country – all of which made it to the North Coast Section (NCS) playoffs – and celebrated the accomplishments of six students who signed letters of commitment to play collegiate sports. WATCH THE VIDEO

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"Our student athletes are incredibly dedicated," said Athletics Director Caitlin Lawson '05. "They work hard both on the field and in the classroom, so it is no surprise that colleges want them in their program."

Every year high school athletes who commit to playing collegiate sports for a particular university have the option of signing a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play for that school. At Carondelet's celebration, six students signaled their intent to continue their athletic career in college.

Sierra Blair, Arizona State University, Softball:

  • Three-year varsity starter for Carondelet
  • Three-year East Bay Athletic League first-team catcher
  • Highly touted recruit with over 20 offers from around the country
  • Sierra chose Arizona State because of the warm, family atmosphere of the program and of the school as a whole. She can't wait to play division 1 softball and compete in the PAC-12 conference!

Samantha Coloma, University of Missouri, Swimming:

  • Won the 100 yard backstroke at North Coast Section her sophomore and junior year
  • Qualified for Summer Junior Nationals
  • Member of the Carondelet's North Coast Section Championship team in 2013
  • Samantha chose to swim at Mizzou because of its reputation for balanced athletics and academics. On her official visit, she felt a great connection with the team and the coaches. The Mizzou Tigers are also a team on the rise and she can't wait to contribute!

Malorie Han, Northwestern, Swimming:

  • High School All-American and USA Swimming Scholastic All-American
  • North Coast Section, CIF and Junior National Qualifier
  • Member of the Carondelet's North Coast Section Championship team in 2013
  • Malorie chose Northwestern because of its perfect combination of a highly competitive and supportive athletic department and top-notch academics. Northwestern students and alumni have an unbelievable sense of school pride that is rooted in athletics. Malorie could not pass up the opportunity to participate in a program that encourages school support and generates immense school pride.

Maddie Murphy, UC Berkeley, Swimming:

  • Member of Carondelet's North Coast Section Championship team in 2013
  • First ever CIF State Champion in the 100 yard Butterfly
  • Qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 100 meter Butterfly
  • Maddie chose CAL because it feels like home. She's excited for the opportunity to play for Coach Teri McKeever and to swim for a school with a rich academic and athletic tradition.

Giovannah Webb, Yale University, Softball:

  • Three-year varsity letter athlete recipient of East Bay Athletic League's All-League and North Coast Section Scholar Athlete Awards
  • Recipient of the coveted "Harvard Book Award" for academic, leadership and community service excellence.
  • Member of the National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, Spanish Honor Society and Voted "Cougar Pride" Homecoming Queen by her high school peers.
  • Since middle school, it's been Giovy's dream to play Division 1 softball at an Ivy League school. She is excited about the opportunity to continue to the game she loves at a highly competitive level while receiving a premier education at a world-renowned university.

Kelsey Witkay, Florida Atlantic University, Swimming:

  • Member of the Carondelet North Coast Section championship team in 2013
  • Swam in Veracruz, Mexico as a member of the Pacific Swimming All-Star Team for the 2014 North American Challenge Cup
  • Placed third at the Inaugural CIF State Championships as a member of Carondelet's 4x100 yard freestyle relay
  • Kelsey chose Florida Atlantic University for its well-equipped exercise science program, its Division 1 swimming program, its welcoming team and coaches, its beautiful location and the chance to branch out and be a part of its up and coming program.

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