FARMER'S KORNER - After finishing off their Tiger careers with one of the most dominant seasons in Colorado history, four Summit High senior rugby players have committed to playing at the collegiate level next season.
Katy Aceto, BrieAnna Barto, Rebecca Lohrenz and Stephany McDowell, who helped the Tigers to undefeated seasons the last two years, will all play rugby next season.
Over the past four years, the Tigers have won three state championships and only lost a single game in the state of Colorado over that period of time.
Last fall, in defense of their 2008 title, the Tigers finished the year with a combined 607-7 score over their 10 games.
Now, the four Summit (soon-to-be-graduated) seniors will take their success to the next level.
"It's good to see that they enjoyed it enough to where they want to play in college," SHS head coach Karl Barth said.
Aceto, who has only played rugby for two years, will join a slew of Summit alums in playing at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Aceto was a two-time, all-state selection and knew all along she wanted to attend CSU.
"It's close to home and a fun campus," she said. " ... I only applied to one school."
Aceto will join former collegiate All-American and 2009 SHS grad Jozy Gessner on the Rams squad.
"I don't have to play Jozy; I get to play with her," Aceto said with relief.
Barto, the Tigers' captain last fall, will join the two-time defending national champions Penn State University in the fall. Barto was the Colorado High School Player of the Year last fall, in addition to being named to the all-state team the past few years. She has also been a member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team as a scrumhalf.
She plans to major in kinesiology.
"I'm really excited," Barto said. "There's a lot of girls that I've played with before that are there currently. ... It'll be great to play with them and become stronger and more competitive."
McDowell and Lohrenz will be attending Mesa State College in Grand Junction. Both girls played for the Tigers since they were in eighth grade and look forward to another stint together on the pitch.
"We're excited to play together," Lohrenz said. "We'll get to play Wyoming and stuff, so it'll be fun to play other teams."
Mesa State recently made the shift up to the Division II level.
Both girls plan to major in athletic training.
With the addition of these four girls to the college ranks, Barth said Summit now has between 12 and 15 alumnae on college rugby teams.