Nicole Smith, who helped the Gunn girls’ soccer team win the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division in the winter, is heading to the University of Washington to continue her athletic career. She’s one of 14 Gunn seniors announced by the school’s athletic department who will pursue college careers in athletics recently.
Cooper McKenna, one of the top girls’ water polo players in the Central Coast Section, will continue at Claremont Mudd Scripps.
Odeya Russo, who led the sixth-seeded Titans to a CCS Division I girls’ volleyball title, will continue at UC San Diego. Fellow senior Rachel Grant is headed to Boston College.
Swimmer Jonathan Affeld announced his commitment to Stanford earlier in the school year. Three other swimmers will join him in the college ranks: Sophia Dhanani (Smith College), Shogo Moridaira (UC Santa Barbara) and Jerry Yang (Tufts).
Four senior track and field athletes will compete in college programs: Justin Chiao, who will also compete in cross country, at Pitzer-Pomona, Rishi Chandra at Johns Hopkins, Faiz Aladin at Connecticut College and Shauncy Lim at Foothill College.
Will Hardison, who helped the Titans win the SCVAL El Camino Division boys soccer title, will attend Wesleyan University, golfer Avery Chen will tee off at Pomona-Pitzer and gymnast Kendra Smaby will be at Gustavus Adolphus College.