SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Lindsey Lohan, a phone book and a family rule. St. Francis senior Gabby Zegers definitely came across fencing in a non-traditional way. But eight years later, she is devoted to the sport and is going to Duke to join their nationally-ranked program on scholarship.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Veronica Del Mar has committed to attend the University of Nevada-Reno and will compete on the Wolfpack’s NCCA rifle team.
“I am so excited to compete against my current teammates who are going to other NCAA schools,” said Del Mar. “I have put a lot of work into this and I don’t want to stop here. It is going to be harder and a lot of fun. It will be great to compete against people not just California but the whole United States. Hopefully, I will make the travel team.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Tatum Roepke was practically born in the water so it only makes sense she continues swimming in college. She has committed to swim for Cal State East Bay next fall.
“I went on my recruiting trip and the team just felt like a family to me,” said Roepke “It felt like I was already part of the team. The coach is awesome. He came to watch me swim in San Diego. I wanted to step up what I am doing from USA Swimming to College swimming.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Lauren Washburn has committed to play softball at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, fulfilling a lifetime dream to play in college.
“It took a lot,” said Washburn of her softball career. “I have been trying to do it (have a chance to play softball in college) since the seventh grade. To finally be able to say, I am going somewhere to play softball is achieving that goal.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Grace Passantino will continue her lacrosse career at Tennessee Wesleyan next fall. She will participate in the St. Francis Signing day Celebration on April 12.
“I plan to attend Tennessee Wesleyan in Athens, Tenn.,” said Passantino. “It started with a recruiting process and visit. I got a sense of the school and the team. It seemed like a great fit because the girls were so accepting and loving.”
Tennessee Wesleyan is a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference and competes in the NAIA.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Darby Carrillo has committed to attend Cal-State Monterey Bay next fall and play soccer. Carrillo is a second year defender on the varsity St. Francis soccer team and has played all four years at St. Francis.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Grace Reginato started a new sport in the eighth grade. Five years later it part of her daily life and she will sign this week with the San Diego State Aztec Rowing program.
“When I was in the eighth grade, I thought I would do it for high school,” said Reginato of her crew career. “I did not decide until last year I wanted to do it in college. Being a student-athlete sounds so hard but now I could not imagine my life without it. It is the main reason for my day and I look forward to going to practice.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Maggie Anderson has committed to play lacrosse at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio and will participate in the Signing Day Celebration on April 13.
“The reason I want to play college lacrosse is because I love the game,” said Anderson. “I started playing when I was 10 to annoy my older brother and I fell in love with the sport. There is something I found with lacrosse that I didn’t find in soccer or any other sport or activity. There was just something I loved about it and connected to.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Hailey Barrett will fulfill her goal of playing soccer at her dream school when she signs to play next year at UC Santa Barbara on the National Signing day for soccer on Feb. 3.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Caroline Coyle knows how to play a role, whether it is on stage or in a boat. She will take her skills to Los Angeles and the UCLA Crew team next fall as a coxswain after competing for Capital Crew in Sacramento.
“I definitely chose UCLA because it is a growing program,” said Coyle. “They have recruited really fast girls for my class so I am super excited. I think I can make a different on the team.”
Coyle was drawn to the sport by her brother, Scotty, who competes for Cal.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior volleyball player Ashlynn Fresques has committed to play volleyball at Point Loma Nazarene in San Diego.
“I chose the school because I love the location in San Diego and when I visited I loved the team and the coaches,” said Fresques. “It is still really competitive but it is a fun Division II program.”
Fresques is in her first year at St. Francis after transferring from Christian Brothers. She has been a starter for the Troubadours since completing her mandatory sit-out period per the section transfer rules.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – When it came time to select her school for college, St. Francis senior swimmer Chloe Mitchell had a good idea of the atmosphere and environment she was looking for in a program. After taking three visits, Mitchell chose to swim for Fordham next fall.
“Fordham felt more like home,” said Mitchell, who is from El Dorado Hills. “It is a Jesuit school and I love the Catholic atmosphere. The team felt like family and that the men and women practice together and are really close. It was another big part of my decision.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior soccer player Aly Barr sees her future and it will be at William Jessup University in Rocklin. She has verbally committed to the school to play soccer next fall, following in the footsteps of one of her older brothers and continuing a family soccer tradition in college.
“I really love the campus,” said Barr. “The school is a lot like St. Francis, small and people want to get to know you. I really like the soccer team and coach.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis swimmer Katie McIntee has made a verbal commitment to swim next fall at San Jose State and will sign a National Letter-of-Intent with the Spartans on Nov. 11.
“I chose San Jose State because I really liked the coach and the girls,” said McIntee. “After taking my trip, I felt very comfortable. The girls helped me feel right at home and already part of the team.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Claire Perez only started rowing two years ago but she will get to keep working on her craft after committing to compete for Sacramento State for the next four years.
“I did not expect it,” said Perez. “I only started rowing last year. I did not think I would be good enough to row in college. But I worked really hard the last two years to build up my skills to catch up to girls that have been rowing for a while.”
Perez, who is from Sacramento, rows for River City Rowing and Tricia Blocher, the RCRC Executive Director.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Seven St. Francis High School seniors will sign a National Letter-of-Intent or make a commitment to play collegiate sports next year at schools across the country Wednesday. They will be recognized on campus as part of the school’s spring signing day recognition.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior diver Patty Sullivan has always known how to flip. As a former gymnast, she made the transition to diving during her freshmen season. On Wednesday, she will sign with UC San Diego to continue her career on the boards.
“I am really excited,” said Sullivan. “I always wanted to do a sport in college because I like the team aspect. Being able to dive in college is a really big thing for me.”
After a nine-year career in gymnastics, Sullivan continues to get better with each season.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Kristen Lance will join the Loyola Marymount swimming program next season.
“I am real excited,” said Lance. “I visited and went on a recruit trip this past weekend. The team is a family. I felt already welcomed and part of the team. I love the coach, the campus and I could not be more excited.”
Lance, who is from Carmichael, plans to study political science with a focus in international relations and minor economics.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Ryleigh Bone will sign to play lacrosse at Fresno State on the Spring signing date on April 15. The signing will fulfill her dream of playing in college while continuing a family legacy at the school.
PALO ALTO, Calif. – The Stanford Invitational will always be a special meet for Peyton Bilo and Friday it was a milestone day for several reasons. The St. Francis senior committed to run for Cal Poly following her strong performance in the 3,000 meters, calling the coach from the track to make her decision official.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Anna Gregg is among six St. Francis seniors who will participate in a celebration Wednesday to recognize their commitments to play soccer at colleges and universities across the country. The celebration will take place in the CLC at 9 a.m. on campus and will be broadcast live on TroubieTV.
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