Their high school athletic careers are far from finished but three Weston High seniors have long considered playing their respective sports at the collegiate level.
In fact, Kimmy Guerin, Charlie Ameer and Joanna Gurman already know where the next step in their athletic careers will take them. All three signed National Letters of Intent to attend colleges with Division I programs.
Guerin will play tennis for Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Ameer will play baseball for St. John’s University in New York and Joanna Gurman will be a member of the women’s rowing team at the University of Virginia.
“It’s a really good program,” said Guerin, who plays first singles on Weston’s girls tennis team and is the three-time defending State Open champion. “They play some of the best teams.”
Wake Forest, which plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference, competes against teams such as Duke, the University of North Carolina and the University of Miami.
“Wake Forest is a great academic school,” she added. “That probably factored into my decision the most.”
Guerin will be one of several top recruits for the 2013-14 season. As a freshman she hopes to see some playing time.
Until then she looks forward to the spring and her final season on the Weston girls tennis team and a shot at South-West Conference and state Class S championships.
For Ameer, St. John’s was the best choice. Besides wishing to remain close to home, he was also impressed with the school’s academics as well as the coaching staff of the baseball program.
St. John’s began showing an interest in him about a year and a half ago when he went to one of its baseball camps. The team invited him to come back this year and made him an offer, which he accepted.
An All-SWC and All-State selection at Weston, Ameer was recruited as a shortstop but could end up playing another position. Any time on the field as a freshman would be welcome.
“As a freshman you have a tough time,” said Ameer, who also considered attending Boston College and the University of Connecticut. “You have to take advantage of opportunities.”
He also looks forward to his senior season on Weston’s varsity baseball team. The team has made big strides in recent seasons, including reaching the state Class M semifinal game earlier this year. Next season the goal will be to win the championship outright.
Although Weston High has no rowing team, Gurman has much experience in the sport as a member of the Saugatuck Rowing Club based in Norwalk.
She has rowed in numerous regattas. This year she was on the U.S. junior world development team that competed in Germany. Next year she hopes to help Saugatuck win the national competition.
Once at the University of Virginia she will be part of one of the top women’s rowing programs in the country. In 2012 the Cavaliers won their 12th ACC championship as well as the NCAA Division I championship.
“I’ve always known that’s where I wanted to go,” said Gurman, who also attracted the attention from Syracuse University and the University of Michigan. “The team is so inspiring, the way everyone pushes each other. The coaching staff is amazing.”
Gurman, who plans to major in kinesiology (the scientific study of human movement), competes in sculling events, in which rowers use two oars. Once at Virginia, she hopes she “can do everything I can to help get another team championship.”