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Athletes sign on colleges' dotted line
By CASEY OLSON
Several Federal Way athletes can now officially tell people where they will be suiting up in college next year.
Jeffersons Kyle Jenkins, Amanda Guerrero and Matt Diotte, along with Decaturs Kyle Bressler and Kamrica Ary-Turner inked their names on National Letter of Intents Wednesday, which marked the first day students in non-fall sports could sign.
The defending state champion in the triple jump signed with Indiana University. Jenkins set an all-time Star Track record last May with a leap of 49 feet, 8 1/2 inches and finished sixth in the long jump at 21-10.
I liked the coaching staff there and it seemed like a good fit, Jenkins said when he made his commitment. I also wanted to get away and get the full college experience.
Jenkins is currently leading Class 4A in the triple jump at 47-8 and was also an all-league wide receiver in football.
The Jefferson fastpitch shortstop will play at Seattle University in the fall. Guerrero has started on the Raiders last two South Puget Sound League South Division championship teams and plays during the summer with the Absolute Blast. She was All-SPSL South last year. Seattle University is currently 16-10 and 9-3 in the Greater Northwest Athletic Conference.
The freestyler led the Jefferson swim team to their first-ever state championship in February. Diotte will swim at the University of Denver. Diotte won the 50 freestyle in automatic All-American time (20.82) and clinched the 100, as well, at 45.82 another automatic All-American time at the state meet. He also anchored the state-winning 200 free relay team that achieved another automatic time of 1:27.37 and swam the final leg of yet another All-American relay performance as Jefferson won the 400 free relay in 3:11.98, nearly four seconds faster than the next-best team.
The Decatur senior will wrestle at Oregon State University next year.
Its close and my family will be able to watch me wrestle, Bressler said when he made his commitment. They are an up-and-coming program and they only have one senior and one junior on their roster.
Bressler won a pair of 189-pound state championships and compiled a three-year record of 116-6, including 76-1 over the past two seasons. He also is an outstanding football player, being named all state as a linebacker last fall, and is one of the best goalkeepers in the state in soccer.
The star forward on the Decatur High School basketball team will play at Evergreen State College next year.
Ary-Turner was a two-time All-South Puget Sound League South Division first-teamer for the Gators. During her senior season, she led the South Division in scoring at 15.7 points a game and led the Gators into the SPSL Tournament, where they were ousted by Kentlake. Decatur finished the 2003-04 with an overall record of 13-10 and were 12-6 in the SPSL South, which was good for fourth place.
Evergreen State features a roster full of players from the Puget Sound area, including Kristen Zompetti from Highline Community College. The Geoducks finished 11-21 overall and 8-10 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, firstname.lastname@example.org