3 athletes officially sign to colleges

November 19, 2009 — by Cullan McChesney and Karthik Annaamalai

With friends and family in attendance in the faculty lunchroom, three members of this year’s senior class signed a letter of intent Nov. 12 stating which college they will be competing for next year: wrestler Alan Yen will go to Stanford, swimmer Elizabeth Murray will attend Loyola Marymount University and tennis John Lamble will go to Santa Clara University.

Kirk Abe, Yen’s wrestling coach, pointed to his dedication in all areas.

“He is extremely determined not only on the mat, but in the classroom as well,” said Abe. “He is a real student-athlete.” (For more coverage on Yen’s accomplishments, refer to page 14-15 in the School Scope section.)

Assistant principal Karen Hyde helped congratulate swimmer Murray on her acceptance to Loyola Marymount by saying a few heartfelt words.

“She is really the heart and soul of our swim team,” said Hyde, “and Loyola will be happy to have her, not only for her leadership, but her determination.”

Murray will be one of the top recruits to the LMU swim team, where she will be able to compete at the top level in both the 1500m and 500m freestyle swimming events.

Lamble will be attending Santa Clara University next year and is excited to be able to play on the SCU tennis team. He received offers from many other colleges including USC, Notre Dame, UCLA and Michigan, but chose to stay closer to home because he felt more comfortable with the coaches.

“I think I’ll be able to contribute more to the team at SCU as opposed to the other colleges,” said Lamble. He will be joining his older sister Kelly at Santa Clara next year, where she is also playing tennis.

Assistant principal Brian Safine is proud of Lamble’s success and his dedication to the school.

“What sets John apart from the rest is that he is not just playing for himself, but for the school,” said Safine. “It’s remarkable how much he has contributed to this school both athletically and academically.”

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