White River fastpitch standout Megan Vandegrift formalized her athletic future, signing a National Letter of Intent to play for the University of Washington.
The Hornet senior had given a verbal commitment some time ago, but made things official during a Nov. 8 signing ceremony at White River.
Vandegrift, who also starred on the Hornet volleyball team, was one of eight players inked by the Huskies on national signing day.
Husky coach Heather Tarr was pleased with the new additions, who will be on campus in the fall of 2018 and eligible to play during the 2019 season.
“As a whole, this class is extremely versatile, competitive, and deep,” Tarr said. “They have developed relationships amongst each other and with our coaching staff for several years. They will be well-versed in the traditions of Husky softball the second they set foot on campus.”
The Husky tradition is one of recent success. The team advanced a year ago to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, winning twice to play their way into the semifinals. It marked the 12th World Series appearance in program history, the first since 2013.
Vandegrift has helped anchor the Hornet program for coach Brandon Walker. She was named to the South Puget Sound League first team following both her sophomore and junior seasons.
“Megan is a plus defender in the middle of the field,” Tarr said. “She brings speed and a triple threat to our lineup.”
Vandegrift has equally kind words for the UW and its softball program.
“I love the family atmosphere and the beautiful campus,” she said. “I have always wanted to win a national championship as a Husky since I saw the 2009 team win. Plus my favorite color is purple.”