Concord, Calif. (Feb. 7, 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 February signing period, Carondelet student-athletes Amelia Clute (rowing), Devin Lozano (soccer), Makenzie Miller (softball), Cassidy Tshimbalanga (soccer), and Abbigale Young (lacrosse) all signed with four-year schools.
Amelia Clute '18 (Alamo) - Rowing
Amelia Clute chose Cornell University, where she will join the rowing team for the 2018-19 season. Amelia has been rowing with the Oakland Strokes for the past three years, where she is currently a captain for the varsity women's team. The Oakland Strokes are a perennial powerhouse in the rowing community, and Amelia and her teammates won their open water events at the Southwest Regional Championships in 2016 and 2017, and they hope to make a run again this summer. Amelia notes that her greatest rowing accomplishments include receiving the Kate Bertko award for outstanding sportsmanship in 2016 and, of course, committing to row at Cornell.
"I was drawn to Cornell for its amazing community and the academics, especially the Science program, that I look forward to exploring in the future."
Devin Lozano '18 (Danville) - Soccer
Devin Lozano signed her letter of intent to play for the California Golden Bears, beginning with the 2018 season. Devin has been a four-year member of the Carondelet varsity soccer team and has helped lead the Cougars to East Bay Athletic League Championships in 2016 and 2017 and North Coast Section Finals appearances the same years. During her junior campaign, Devon was named to Top Drawer Soccer's All American Watch List and earned Second Team All-EBAL honors. Devin notes her most memorable accomplishment as making it to ECNL Nationals in Chicago and finishing in the final eight in the nation in 2017 with her Mustang ECNL u18 team.
"It has been a long journey for me to get to this point in my soccer career. I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to go to Cal. It's a great school. I love it and I'm just excited to get started."
Makenzie Miller '18 (Clayton) - Softball
Makenzie Miller has been playing softball since she was 10 years old, competing for the Sorcerers and Universal Sports Academy during her travel ball days. A three-year varsity letter winner for Carondelet, Makenzie signed her letter of intent to play softball at Colorado State University. In 2016, her Sorcerer's travel ball squad finished fifth in the country at the National Championships in Huntington Beach, California. During that playoff run, she ranked in the top 10 in batting average. As a Cougar, Makenzie has been a varsity player since her freshman year, was a Second Team All-EBAL selection as a sophomore and a team captain during her junior season.
"I choose Colorado State, because right when I stepped on campus I knew I was home. The athletic facilities are amazing and the area is beautiful. I look forward to starting my career there next year."
Cassidy Tshimbalanga '18 (Alamo) - Soccer
Cassidy Tshimbalanga will also attend a Pac-12 school in the fall of 2018, after signing a letter of intent to play for the USC Trojans. Individually, Cassidy has been ranked nationally on top drawer soccer's 150 and TheSoccerList's top 100 soccer players in America. She's a four-year varsity player, earning Carondelet's Offensive Player of the Year, First Team All-EBAL and All-American honors in 2017. Like her classmate Devin, Cassidy has been a part of two EBAL championships and two North Coast Section Finals appearances. One of her proudest soccer moments has been to accept an offer at USC - the 2016 NCAA National Champions.
"I choose USC, not only for its rich outstanding academic program, but for its Southern California atmosphere and exceptional athletic department."
Abbigale Young '18 (Alamo) - Lacrosse
Carondelet lacrosse goalkeeper Abbigale Young signed her commitment letter with the United States Naval Academy. A four-year varsity letter winner for the Cougars, Abbigale was a First Team All-EBAL honoree and was selected as a US Lacrosse All-American after he junior season. Additionally, she was named to the US Adrenaline All-American Team in 2018.
"I chose to attend the Naval Academy, because not only will I get the opportunity to play the sport I love at a high level, but I will also be able to serve my country. The military is something that I have always admired, and being able to join something I love is precious."
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