May 23, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

PHOTOS: Seven St. Margaret’s High School athletes commit on signing day

St. Margaret’s athletes who committed were (from left) Charlotte Jones, Audrey Larson, Will Kenner, Kyle Juergens, Jalyn Chun, Nicole Ryu and Dean Chong. (Photos courtesy St. Margaret’s Episcopal School)

St. Margaret’s Episcopal School announced Wednesday that seven student-athletes committed to play intercollegiate athletics next year during the winter National Signing Day ceremony on campus.

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Seniors Dean Chong, Jalyn Chun, Kyle Juergens, Charlotte Jones, Will Kenner, Audrey Larson and Nicole Ryu will continue their academic pursuits and play their respective sport at colleges and universities, officials announced in a release.

Dean Chong, Swarthmore College:

Dean Chong, a three-year varsity starter and 2019-2020 captain for St. Margaret’s, has committed to study and play soccer at NCAA Division-III Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pa.

Chong was a member of the 2018-2019 CIF Finalist Tartan soccer team and was named second-team all-league in 2019. He currently leads the team in assists.

Jalyn Chun, California Lutheran University

Jalyn Chun, a four-year member of the Tartan girls volleyball program, has committed to study and play volleyball at NCAA Division-III California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

Chun, who was named first team all-league in 2019 and second-team all-league in 2018, was an integral part of the Tartan volleyball team. Chun was also twice named to the Dave Mohs Memorial Tournament all-tournament team.

Chun intends to major in exercise science at Cal Lutheran.

Charlotte Jones, Bates College:

Charlotte Jones, a member of the 2019 Tartan SoCal Soccer Regional Championship team, has committed to study and play soccer at NCAA Division-III Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

Jones, a four-year starter for the Tartans, was named first-team all-league all four years as well as an All-SoCal team member, first-team All-CIF and first-team All-Orange County in 2019. She was also named San Joaquin League player of the year in 2019.

Jones is also a member of the 2018 and 2019 CIF Champion Tartan cross country squad as well as the surf and track and field programs at St. Margaret’s.

Kyle Juergens, Boise State University:

Kyle Juergens, a four-year starter in football at St. Margaret’s, has committed to study and play football at NCAA Division-I Boise State University in Boise.

Jurgens has been a stalwart on the Tartan defensive and offensive lines, leading St. Margaret’s to three consecutive league championships. Jurgens notched three first-team all-league selections and was named to the South team participating in the Orange County All-Star game.

He intends to major in business at Boise State.

Will Kenner, Cornell University:

Will Kenner, a member of the Tartan 2019 league champion football team, has committed to study and play football at NCAA Division-I Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

He amassed 1,301 receiving yards and 19 receiving touchdowns in the 2019 campaign, ranking him No.2 in Orange County regular-season play. Kenner was also named Division VI All-CIF in 2019.

He intends on majoring in economics at Cornell.

Audrey Larson, Union College:

Larson, a member of the 2018 and 2019 Tartan U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section Champion lacrosse teams, has committed to study and play lacrosse at NCAA Division-III Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.

Larson, a 2019 MaxLaxOC.com honorable mention, was also a 2019 Under Armour Lacrosse All-American selection. At St. Margaret’s, Larson was also a member of the 2018 CIF Champion cross country and 2019 SoCal Regional Champion soccer programs.

Nicole Ryu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology:

Nicole Ryu has committed to study and play softball at NCAA Division-III Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.

Ryu, the youngest member of the Korean National Softball Team, compiled a .450 average as a lead-off hitter. She also played in the Premier Girls Fastpitch National Tournament for four consecutive years and reached the Colorado Invitational Tournament semifinal round.

At St. Margaret’s, Ryu has been a four-year member of the track and field program and qualified for the CIF Prelims in the 4×400 relay in 2019.

“In an era of youth sports specialization, it’s rewarding to see a group of multiple-sport athletes achieve their athletic and academic goals at the highest levels. All seven of today’s student-athletes play two or more sports, and I truly believe that the experience has made them better prepared for collegiate competition,” said Director of Athletics Patrick Bendzick.

“They are more competitive, better teammates, and fully prepared for the challenges ahead. We are very proud of them and truly appreciate their contributions to the school.”