Five Carondelet Student-Athletes Sign Commitment Letters During April Signing Period

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Concord, Calif. (April 12, 2018) – Carondelet High School is proud to announce that five student-athletes have signed commitment letters to play collegiately, beginning with the 2018-19 academic school year. During the NCAA April signing period, Carondelet student-athletes Ariya Chestnut (UC Irvine - track and field), Clare Driscoll (Chapman - tennis), Kiersten Fouts (Fresno State - track and field), Santana Merryfield (CSU, Monterey Bay - soccer) and Keeley Murphy (UC Santa Barbara - track and field) all signed with four-year schools.

Ariya Chestnut '18 (Brentwood) – Track and Field
Ariya Chestnut will continue her track and field career at the University of California, Irvine, beginning this Fall. Ariya is relatively new to track and field, as she began her throwing career during her junior year at Carondelet. Her athleticism and work ethic stood out immediately and she improved her shotput distance from 19 feet to 37 feet in just one season. As a junior, she won the NCS Tri-Valley meet shotput event with a throw of 36-feet, 3-inches, and earned a podium spot at the NCS Meet of Champions with throw of 36 feet.

"I chose UC Irvine for the friendly environment, great academics and the nearby beach. This was my number one school, so having the opportunity to be at my number one school, playing the sport I love, is a great feeling."

Clare Driscoll '18 (Danville) - Tennis
Clare Driscoll signed with Chapman University to play tennis beginning with the 2018-19 school year. Clare was a four-year varsity tennis player for Carondelet, and team captain her senior year. She notes that her proudest tennis moment was playing and winning the deciding match, in a third-set tiebreaker against San Ramon her freshman season. This important match was the deciding factor that put our Cougars in the NCS playoffs for the first time in many seasons. This past fall, Clare was the Carondelet team Most Valuable Player due to her winning singes record in the highly competitive East Bay Athletic League.

"I chose Chapman because I can see myself thriving there as a student-athlete. When I got there for the first time, I fell in love with the campus. I feel that it's a great fit for me academically and athletically, and I can't wait to call Chapman home."

Kiersten Fouts '18 (Clayton) – Track and Field
Kiersten Fouts has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the track and field team at Fresno State University later this year. Kiersten has been a four-year varsity athlete, and after transferring to Carondelet, she's been a huge addition to the track and field roster these past two seasons. As a junior, Kiersten qualified for the NCS Meet of Champions in both the shotput and the discuss and at the MOC, her throw of 123-feet, 1-inch in the discus, landed her a spot on the podium. Currently, Kiersten ranks 70th in the country for the discuss.

"During my official visit is when I knew Fresno State was the school I wanted to attend for the next four years. They're athletic facilities and training room are amazing. Coach Smith and the team are great, and I knew I would be happy spending my collegiate career with them. Go Bulldogs."

Santana Merryfield '18 (Concord) – Soccer
Carondelet student Santa Merryfield signed her commitment letter with the CSU, Monterey Bay, Monterey Bay. Santana has been playing soccer since she was nine years old and has spent the last eight seasons competing for Diablo FC's National Premier League team. During the 2016-17 season, her team took home the top prize at the North State Cup and the President's Cup tournaments. Since then, Diablo FC has been ranked in the top 10 nationally.

"I chose Cal State Monterey Bay for the education, community service opportunities and its location. When stepping on campus for the first time, I felt excited. Everyone was so positive, outgoing, and welcoming. When meeting the team, I felt an instant connection. Their positivity and drive is a perfect match for me and the way I play. The coaches are amazing, the location is gorgeous and I know I will get a great education."

Keeley Murphy '18 (Lafayette) – Track and Field
Keeley Murphy will continue her education at the University of Santa Barbara, where she has signed on to join the track and field program. Keeley's been a multi-sport athlete during her time at Carondelet, having success in cross county, soccer and track and field. Her freshman season, Keeley was the only freshman on Carondelet's 4x400 relay team that earned a second-place finish at the NCS Meet of Champions and a third-place finish at the CIF State Meet. As a junior, Keeley was part of the 2017 track and field squad that won the NCS Tri-Valley Meet. That same year, her 4x400 relay team broke a school records with a time of 3:45, won the NCS Meet of Champions, and took third place at the CIF State meet.

"I've wanted to go to UC Santa Barbara since my sophomore year when I was there for a soccer camp. I fell in love with the campus, the beach and the town around the school. When I went on my official visit for track team and the cross country team, I realized how perfect it felt and how good of a fit it was."

With these five student-athletes committing to four-year colleges on Thursday, Carondelet had 15 student-athletes commit to play collegiately for the upcoming year. The list of signees includes: Devin Lozano (soccer) Cal, Cassidy Tshimbalanga (soccer) USC, Annika Borrelli (golf) San Francisco, Angela Bagasbas (golf) UC Irvine, Makenzie Miller (softball) Colorado State, Sofia Earle (softball) Saint Mary's, Abbigail Young (lacrosse) US Naval Academy, Amelia Clute (rowing) Cornell, Sarah Finkel (equestrian) Georgia, and Lauren Zelnik (lacrosse) Catholic University of America.

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