By Brad Spencer
Fenwick High School student-athlete Meredith Boardman announced yesterday that she has made a verbal commitment to play at Yale University.
Boardman, a 6-foot senior center who suffered an ACL injury during the summer of her junior year that left her missing the first couple of month or so of games last season, chose Yale after official visits to Holy Cross and Loyola. Other schools she was considering included Penn, Colgate, Western Michigan and Princeton.
"It was a really close decision for me between Yale, Loyola and Holy Cross," she said. "I am very grateful for the opportunity to join Yale's prestigious Ivy League program."
Boardman was on Fenwick's team in 2010 when the Friars finished third in the Class 4A State Finals. Last season, upon coming back from her ACL injury, she helped lead the team to a 26-5 record.
Boardman also helped lead her AAU 17U club team, Illinois Elite, to a state championship last season and an impressive record of 65-6.
"Our program has sent 38 players on to play at the collegiate level in the past four years alone," said AAU coach Tom Hohenadel. "Meredith Boardman represents the finest example of a talented and intelligent student athlete anyone could ask for. Yale is indeed fortunate to have Meredith join their Ivy League program."