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Posted: November 11, 2009 9:42 p.m.
Updated: November 12, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Her name appears on five school records, three Foothill League records and three district records, and now Hart swimmer Maggie Hanson can add a commitment to an NCAA Division I program to her list of accomplishments.

Recruited to swim in the 200-meter butterfly and 400-individual medley, the senior verbally committed to Oregon State University on Thursday.

“It was something that I had been looking at since I was really little,” Hanson said. “I didn’t always have the best hopes about it. I didn’t think it was reachable for me, but when I went on my visit, I just loved everything.”

She will officially sign during the Nov. 11-18 signing period.

Having her college plans locked up prior to her senior season is a big weight off her shoulders, Hanson said.

“It has been one of the most stressful times in my life. ... For it to be dealt with, it is a giant relief for me and for my family,” she said.

Hanson said she plans to study sports medicine/kinesiology.

The senior holds Hart High records for the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly and as a member of the 200-medley relay, 200-freestyle relay and 400-freestyle relay.

She is also the Foothill League record-holder in the 200 freestyle, and as a member of the 200-medley relay and 400-freestyle relay. Her times have also broken district records with the 200-medley relay team, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay.

Last season, Hanson won Foothill League titles in the 200 freestyle with the 200-medley relay team and 400-freestyle relay.


Indermill commits to UCSD

Hart girls soccer’s stalwart sweeper Megan Indermill has verbally committed to the University of California San Diego.

This season, the Tritons are 14-5-1 overall and finished second in the California Collegiate Athletic Association South Division at 11-5. They will be making their ninth appearance in the NCAA Division II Championships on Saturday at home against the winner of Seattle Pacific and Chico State.

UCSD is coached by 23rd-year head coach Brian McManus, who began the season with an .851 winning percentage, third-highest in NCAA women’s soccer history, according to the school’s official Web site.

“I’m really excited because I know he is going to have a lot to offer,” said Indermill, who also plays club soccer for Los Angeles Rampage/Valley United. “I’m ready to get into the program because they are nationally ranked. It should be a challenge, but I’m up to it.”

She will be joining fellow Hart graduates Lindsay Mills and Katie Kuykendall, both of whom will play a “big-sister role,” Indermill said.

Planing to study biomedical engineering, Indermill said she primarily picked UCSD based on its academic reputation.

The senior was named to the All-Foothill League first team in 2009 and second team in 2008, as well as the All-Santa Clarita Valley second team in 2008 and honorable mention in 2009.


TMC soccer rakes in honors

As The Master’s College men’s soccer team prepares for the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament final Saturday against Biola, and TMC’s women’s soccer team gets ready for the National Christian College Athletic Association tournament on Dec. 1 in Kissimmee, Fla., members of both squads were honored with all-conference recognitions.

For guiding the men to the program’s first conference title in school history, 19-year head coach Jim Rickard was named GSAC Coach of the Year, while goalkeeper Kevin Lawson, defender Andy Hegg, midfielder Jacob Marchesani and forward Joel Peluffo were all named to the All-GSAC team.

Through Saturday’s 1-0 win over Westmont, Lawson has 57 saves and 11 shutouts, Marchesani has eight goals and 11 assists, Peluffo has 13 goals and two assists, and Hegg has provided strong defense and veteran leadership over the Mustangs’ back line.

Goalkeeper Amanda Durocher, midfielder Sierra Goff and forward Emily Bruton were all recognized on the women’s side.

Durocher has 65 saves and six shutouts, Goff has three goals and six assists and Bruton leads the team with 10 goals with three assists.

The men finished the regular season 14-2-1 overall and 9-1 in conference, while the women were 12-4-2 and 5-4-1.


Canyon graduate headed to NAIA championships

Anthony Pizzo is taking Golden State Athletic Conference cross country by storm as a freshman for The Master’s College.

After a strong season and a third-place finish at the conference championship meet on Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno, Pizzo qualified for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Cross Country National Championships on Nov. 21 in Fort Vancouver, Wash.

Pizzo finished the 8,000-meter course in 25 minutes, 44 seconds, followed by Saugus native John Gilbertson’s 14th-place time of 26:22, and Ryan Lambert, who placed 20th in 26:38.

In addition, the times of Pizzo and Gilbertson earned them all-conference honors.

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