Piedmont college-bound athletes celebrated

A group of 20 Piedmont High School and Millennium High School athletes who are headed to college and plan to continued their athletic careers were honored during an afternoon ceremony at the outdoor amphitheater on campus on May 18.

The athletes represent a range of sports, some interscholastic and others not. Some of them are headed to NCAA Division 1 schools, others to Division 3. School coaches introduced the athletes and spoke about their accomplishments.

Audrey Lam (18) pursues the ball against Sequoia

Audrey Lam is signed to play soccer at Brown University. Lam was part of the U.S. national U17 team pool and helped the Highlanders team win the NCS Division 4 title, the program’s first in 20 years.

Emily Fitzgerald (15) juggles ball in front of Urban’s Noa Marks (5)

Also on that championship team was Emily Fitzgerald, who is signed to play soccer for the UC San Diego Tritons.

Michael Aikawa makes a play at short

Michael Aikawa will head to Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Aikawa and his Piedmont teammates are currently playing in the semifinals of the North Coast Section Division 4 playoffs.

Henry Brayer (18) passes against O’Dowd

Henry Brayer has committed to Brown University to play lacrosse, where he will be a faceoff specialist. Brayer helped the Highlanders reach the NCS Division 2 championship game.

Nathan Fredericks comes around the net with RC’s Austin Connors in pursuit

Nathan Fredericks will be playing club lacrosse at Cal after a strong senior season for the Highlanders.

Highlanders celebrate Will Daniel’s (center, wearing gloves) goal in the NCS finals against University

Will Daniel will attend Leeds Beckett University in England, where he will play what the English call football. Daniel and the Piedmont boys soccer program won the NCS Division 4 championship during the winter season.

Dan Malecki (blue jersey) goes up for a save

Dan Malecki is headed to Boston University, where he intends to join the crew team. Malecki was a standout goalkeeper for Piedmont’s soccer team and played golf this past spring as well.

Rowers Eva Swei (standing, left) and Samantha Violich (right), presented by Athletic Director Bradley Smet

Crew isn’t a CIF sport, but Malecki is one of several Highlander athletes who rows. Samantha Violich will attend Rutgers University and participate in crew. Eva Swei has committed to row for Tufts University in Massachusetts.

A.J. Harris shoots against University HS

A.J. Harris finished a stellar career for Piedmont and will continued playing basketball for Emory University in Atlanta. Harris helped lead the Highlanders to the NCS Division 3 playoffs the last two years.

Trinity Zamora dribbles in front of the Marin Catholic student section

Trinity Zamora completed her own terrific career for Piedmont basketball and will head to San Diego State to join the women’s team. Zamora led the Highlanders to the NCS Division 4 championship this year, and helped the team earn the No. 1 seed in the CIF Northern Region for the state tournament.

Eva Levingston (2) defends against Alameda

Eva Levingston is headed to Cal State Fullerton to play women’s basketball, giving the Highlanders two Division 1 players from the team.

Perseas Gioukaris (0) challenges the shot of Salesian’s Madalyn Kanazawa (1)
Maddie Hill (24) and Branson’s Atira Wahle (23) watch Hill’s 3-point attempt

Two other Highlanders will also be playing women’s basketball in college: Perseas Gioukaris at SF State and Maddie Hill at Rocky Mountain College.

Eleanor Lavin looks to advance the ball upfield

Eleanor Lavin will continue her lacrosse career at Oberlin College in Ohio. Lavin helped lead Piedmont to the NCS Division 2 playoffs the past two seasons.

Simon Lins (diving)

Simon Lins was one of the most accomplished swimmers in Piedmont history, making the California Interscholastic Federation championships last year before an injury slowed him up this season. He will continue his career at the University of Virginia.

Ryan Stokes

Ryan Stokes has committed to swim at the College of Wooster in Ohio. Stokes was part of two Piedmont relay teams that made the North Coast Section championships this spring.

Sadie Town (6) watches as Eden Lorin (7) spikes the ball during a match against Castro Valley

Eden Lorin will attend Bates College in Maine, where she will play volleyball. She has been instrumental in building up the Piedmont team.

Parker Long (17) and Christian Taylor (18) at the start of the boys 800 at Dublin

Parker Long is headed to the California Interscholastic Federation championships on the weekend. Then, he’s off to run for Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. Teammate Christian Taylor committed to UC Davis during the season.

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