Menlo School sends 15 student-athletes off to college


For 15 Menlo School seniors, graduation will not mark the end of their athletic careers as all have made official decisions to compete in their respective sports in college.

In cross country/track and field, Lizzie Lacy will move on to Amherst and continue her running career. Lacy placed 10th at the Foot Locker National Championships to cap a school record-breaking season in which she took third at state, captured CCS and WBAL titles, and was named NorCal Senior Girl Runner of the Year . She led the girls back to the CCS team competition, breaking course records along the way. Also, a fullback and goalie on the soccer team, the two-time All-League lacrosse player advanced to the state meet in June in the 3200, and broke school records in the 1,600 and 3,200.

In sailing, Jackson Wagner is headed to Harvard. Wagner sails for the San Francisco Yacht Club Racing team, and captains the Menlo School Sailing Team. Wagner also was captain as a senior forward on the boys' soccer team.

In women's soccer, Jamie Corley will move on to Tufts. The forward helped the Knights to the CCS championship game every season so far as a varsity letter-winner. Menlo has gone 21-1-2 in West Bay Athletic League play the past two seasons. Corley, playing her final high school season, is a two-time WBAL selection. She was also an all-league honorable mention in track and field, specializing in jumps.

In women's swimming, Janna Safran will continue at Dickinson. She advanced to the CCS Championships every year since she was a freshman, swimming the 500 free, 100 back and as a sophomore, individual medley, as well as relay events.

In men's tennis, Vikram Chari is headed to Vanderbilt, Gunther Matta to Cal and Victor Pham to Columbia.

As a singles and a doubles player, Pham was instrumental in the Knights keeping alive their streak of seven Northern California and CCS championships. He is a four-time, first-team All-league selection. Taking into consideration his achievements at Menlo and on the USTA circuit (top 10 U16, NorCal Sectional champion) Pham was also named Cal-Hi Sports Tennis Player of the Year as a junior. Matta was key to the Knights' third consecutive California Classic title in 2013 and in 2015, and went 6-1, helping Menlo to a a second-place finish at the National Invitational this spring. Beginning as a freshman, Chari was an integral piece to the Knights' run on the way to four consecutive CCS and NorCal championships, as well as three straight California Classic titles. Matta and Chari teamed to win the CCS doubles title as seniors.

In track and field, Paul Touma will compete for Brown. Touma reached 45-4 3/4 on his final triple jump of the 2014 state trials to finish 16th overall. He jumped a school and league record 46-3 1/2 in the WBAL finals last season. Also during his junior season, Touma took second in the triple jump at the CCS semifinals with a mark of 45-3 1/2 inches and qualified in the long jump at 20-11. In the triple jump finals, he reached 45-9 1/2 to finish in second place in the section. Touma, who holds the league triple jump record, has been selected to the All-WBAL every year he has competed, including last season when he was named Most Valuable-field events. He was injured much of this season.

In women's volleyball, Elisa Merten (Brown) and Lida Vandermeer (Dartmouth) head to the East Coast. The duo steered Menlo to back-to-back-to-back league championships. Merten, a setter and outside hitter, had 669 assists, and was second on the team in kills with 166 and a .315 hitting percentage. She had a team-best 36 aces and was second on the team with 274 digs. Merten also was an all-league, second team selection for Menlo's track and field team as a jumper, hurdler and sprinter. Vandermeer, an outside hitter, posted a team-high 276 kills and collected 233 digs. As juniors in 2013, Merten and Vandermeer boosted the Knights to a CCS championship and its first Northern California title in more than a decade.

In water polo, Menlo sends five off to college -- Nick Bisconti (Cal), Nikhil Bhatia (MIT), Andreas Katsis (Johns Hopkins), Teagan Nibbi (Johns Hopkins) and Spencer Witte (Johns Hopkins).

The Knights earned a trip to the CCS Championship the past two seasons. A two-time Peninsula Athletic League-Bay Division MVP and All-CCS selection, Bisconti led Menlo to league titles in 2013 and '14. Katsis was the team leader with 91 goals, 53 assists and 15 blocks, and was second on the team with 52 steals this past season. Nibbi was a team leader in the plus/minus rating. He had a big performance as a junior in the CCS Division II championship game, contributing three goals and adding three assists. Witte collected 339 saves, surpassing the school record sent by Jimmie Sandman with 311 in 2003. Bhatia had a pair of goals in Menlo's CCS semifinal victory this season, and was named ALL-PAL Bay Division honorable mention.

— Menlo Athletics

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