Cal-bound Carter has Olympic aspirations

Courtesy of Danielle Carter
Danielle Carter dives into the pool at a recent swim meet. Recruited by several colleges, the Los Altos High senior signed a National Letter of Intent with UC Berkeley last month.

For most of the population, five seconds is a small and irrelevant amount of time. For Danielle Carter, 5.24 seconds were all that separated her from the Australian Olympian who took first place in the women’s 100-meter backstroke at the 2018 FINA Swimming World Cup in October.

The Los Altos High senior, who placed 13th in the race, should have several more opportunities to swim against elite-level competition – she’s headed to UC Berkeley next year. Carter verbally committed to Cal in September and officially signed her National Letter of Intent Nov. 14 at a signing ceremony on campus.

Slew of local athletes receive all-league honors

Town Crier file photo
Los Altos High linebacker Jose Marin-Melo, right, is the SCVAL El Camino Division Defensive Player of the Year for 2018.

All-league honors were recently handed out to high-school athletes participating in fall sports throughout the Central Coast Section.

Local varsity athletes from Los Altos, Mountain View and St. Francis highs who earned such accolades are listed below.

Los Altos, Mtn. View highs honor athletes from fall sports season

Los Altos and Mountain View highs honored the following varsity athletes at their recent fall sports award ceremonies.

Los Altos High


Local Burton among best junior bowlers in U.S.

Courtesy of Jennifer Burton
Los Altos native Ryan Burton proudly wears his medal at bowling’s International Training and Research Center in Dallas, home of Junior Team USA.

One of the top junior bowlers in the nation hails from Los Altos, and he’s been playing the game before he could speak.

Ryan Burton has landed a spot on Junior Team USA by placing fifth out of 1,500 bowlers in the under-20 men’s division of the Junior Gold Championships last summer in Dallas.

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