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Nine West High athletes sign letters of intent to play college sports

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Nine Iowa City West High athletes signed National Letters of Intent to play college athletics on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Aidan Keen, Mark McGlaughlin, Will Scott, Donovan Doyle, Tanner Lohaus, Matthew Schneider, Tia Saunders, Taylor Libby and Adara Opiola made their commitments in a 3:30 p.m. signing ceremony in the school’s cafeteria.
Keen signed with the University of Missouri Mizzou Tigers for swimming. Keen won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events at the 2015 state swimming meet in 1:40.32 and 4:33.69, respectively. Keen was also part of the winning 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay teams with Scott, Matt Anderson, Oliver Martin and McGlaughlin.
McGlaughlin signed with North Carolina State University’s Wolfpack for swimming. McGlaughlin swam the first leg of the 200-yard medley relay, won the 50-yard freestyle event at the 2015 state swimming meet along with the 100-yard freestyle, and also led off in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Scott will be swimming with the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. Scott was the anchorman in the state meet 200-yard medley relay, finished fourth in the 50-yard freestyle and swam the first leg of the first-place 200-yard freestyle relay, and the third-leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay at the 2015 state meet.
Doyle will take to the mat as a wrestler for the Crimson of Harvard University. Doyle placed fourth at the 2015 state wrestling tournament at 182 pounds.
Lohaus will join his brother Wyatt at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) as a basketball Panther. Lohaus scored 256 points during the 2014-2015 regular season, with an average of 11 points per game. He made 82 percent of his free throw shots and was third on the team in rebounds with 103. At the 2015 state tournament, Lohaus scored 30 points. Lohaus was also a Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) All-Division Second Team pick.
Schneider also signed with the UNI Panthers for track and field and cross country. Schneider was 52nd at the recent state meet in 16:53.7.
Saunders will trade in her West High green and gold for University of Iowa black and gold as a track athlete. Saunders ran the first leg of the 2015 state meet-winning 4x800-meter relay with Olivia Moore, Jessie Skopec and Bailey Nock, and ran the second leg of the second-place distance medley relay with Micaela Gravelin, Valerie Welch and Nock. She also anchored the 4x400-meter relay, which placed 22nd in the preliminary heats, with Emilee Benedict, Tiara Green and Gravelin.
Libby is also a future Hawkeye on the softball team. Libby was a 2015 MVC All-Division Second Team pick as the Women of Troy’s catcher with 165 outs and a .983 fielding percentage. At bat, she knocked 54 hits including four home runs and 16 doubles while batting in 33 runs. Libby scored nine times and posted a .425 batting average.
Opiola will don UNI purple and gold on the softball diamond. Opiola was a 2015 MVC All-Division First Team pick as an infielder with 20 outs in 39 games during the regular season. She had a .954 fielding percentage, 51 hits including six home runs, two triples and 10 doubles, batted-in 52 runs and scored 45 runs with a .443 batting average. She also earned Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA) First Team All-State and Class 5A East All-District honors as well.