On Thursday several Central Virginia prep athletes made it official as to where they will play in college signing national letters of intent.
At Albemarle high school two swimmers signed including Hannah Harper, who will take her swimming skills to Penn State. Harper has been a district champion, regional champion, and six-time state finalist. She holds several records at Albemarle High School and is a two-time scholastic All-American. At Penn State she'll compete mostly in the butterfly.
Harper's high school teammate, Corie Morton also signed a national letter of intent. She will swim for Towson in Baltimore. Morton holds the Albemarle school record in the 200 and 500 meter freestyle. She chose Towson over JMU, Delaware and UConn. Both ladies talked about their decision.
Morton says, "When I went to visit I complete fell in love with it, I loved the coaching staff and how successful they've been and the team, I just felt I fit in really well there."
Harper says, "I realized it was the perfect fit for me because their academics are so good and their athletics are really good. I felt like I trusted the coaches, they have a really good background and the girls were really nice and I could just see myself as being a part of their team."
At Monticello High School, Mustang lacrosse standout Colleen O'Connor signed with St. Mary's in California. O'Connor has been a standout defenseman for Monticello. O'Connor will be a psychology major at St. Mary's. The academics there plus the competition in the Pac-12 drew her towards the scenic campus outside San Francisco.
O'Connor says, "I went out and visited Stanford and St. Mary's and USC but St. Mary's was my favorite when I walked on campus I knew that's where I wanted to go, and then when I met Coach we just instantly connected."
At the Miller School in Crozet, basketball standout Rachel Odumu signed with Monmouth in New Jersey. Odumu, originally from Northern Virginia, had modest stats averaging 8 points and 5 rebounds at Miller but she's a hustle player and a defensive specialist, always guarding the other team's best player and she's excited for the next challenge on the Jersey Shore.
Odumu says, "It was right on the beach so that was nice, really when you sense family you really do sense it and I sensed it with Monmouth and it was a done deal from there I think."
Marty Hudtloff is the Sports Director at WVIR-TV. He joined the NBC29 sports team in October of 2003. He has a degree in broadcast journalism from Bradley University. You can reach out to Marty via Email or Twitter.