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Arroyo Grande, Nipomo high school athletes sign with colleges

Nipomo High athletes (From Left) Austin Simpson, Tyler Melsheimer, Alayna Gocke, Jordynn Dorado sign NLIs backed up by their families.
Nipomo High athletes (From Left) Austin Simpson, Tyler Melsheimer, Alayna Gocke, Jordynn Dorado sign NLIs backed up by their families. Nipomo High School

A couple of South County schools held signing ceremonies Wednesday and Thursday to honor athletes who will compete in college athletics.

On Wednesday, Arroyo Grande High School senior thrower Samantha Henkel committed to Sacramento State, where she will receive a partial scholarship.

Henkel was a four-year track and field athlete for the Eagles, and threw shot put and discus. She was an All-League and All-County performer since her sophomore year, and went to CIF-Southern Section finals in shot put and discus during her career. Her personal shot put record of 41-11.5 ranks her 11th all-time for AGHS women shot putters.

On Thursday at Nipomo, four athletes singed with schools, including a trio of Titan swimmers.

Thrower Jordynn Dorado will join the track and field team at UC Santa Cruz. Dorado won the Los Padres League in both the shot put and discus. Her shot put throw of 40-1 ranks her third all-time at the school. She also threw 119-7 in the discus, putting her sixth all-time. Dorado has a school weight-lifting record, and placed third this year in CIF-Southern Section Division 3 finals in the shot put.

Alayna Gocke, who signed with UC San Diego, won the 500 free at CIF in Riverside with a time of 5:01.21, a school record. She also was a finalist in the 200 free and placed fifth with a 1:54.79.

Austin Simpson was a four-year captain and MVP for the team and will swim next season with the University of Tampa. Simpson set two school records this year in the 200 IM and 100 breast. He was a part of two school record-shattering relays this year and won both of his individual events at league.

Tyler Melsheimer, who will join the swimming team at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, won both of his league events and was on two record-setting relays this year. Melsheimer competed in four events at CIF. He earned a second swim in his 100 fly :53.95, and placed while setting a school record in the 100 back at 56.94.

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