Thursday, May 15, 2014
Four Palmetto Christian senior athletes signed college letters of intent this week.
Abigail Boling signed with Columbia College swimming, Austin Heinz with Samford tennis, Andrew Johnstone with USC Lancaster soccer and Joe Siegwald with Anderson track and field.
Along with J.T. Waters, who signed with Citadel football in February, Palmetto Christian graduates five students moving on to college athletics from a high school enrollment of 130.
Johnstone led Palmetto Christian soccer with 19 goals and eight assists at forward this season. He was a SCISA North-South all-star selection. Head coach Chris Shimakonis described him as a key cog in developing the soccer program at Palmetto Christian.
Boling racked up 12 SCISA state championships with Palmetto Christian. She was part of five relay titles and seven individual state titles, including four straight in 100-meter butterfly and 100 breaststroke. She was a SCISA and High School Sports Report all-state selection, a four-year captain and helped Palmetto Christian to a team state championship in 2012.
“I prayed about it a lot and it feels great to have this day finally here,” Boling said. “It’s relieving. Now I’m just excited to get to swim with my new team and coach Jason (Gallaher).”
Siegwald won a state championship in triple jump, placed second in long jump, third in high jump and fourth in the 200 this year. He won the long jump, triple jump, 200 and finished third in the 100 at state last season. He holds school records in the long jump, triple jump, 400 relay, and 100 and 200 dash.
Heinz led Palmetto Christian to five SCISA state championships with appearances in two other state title matches. He has been ranked as high as No. 1 in the state, No. 1 in southern section and No. 27 in the nation in USTA Junior rankings. Heinz mulled over 20 schools but says the opportunity to play Division I tennis fulfills a dream for him.
“I’ve always wanted to play Division I, so it worked out well,” Heinz said. “I’m looking forward to being in that college environment and competing on a high level with my team. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I started playing and that dream is really coming true for me.”