June 13, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's and women's rowing team have announced their team award winners for the 2006-2007 season. Seniors Delia Rissmiller (Belmont, Mass.) and Abigail Scully (Andover, Mass.) have received the Crusader Award, senior Thomas Meehan (Ambler, Pa.) earned the Chick Award, and senior Elle Carolan (Wayne, Pa.) took home the Coxswain's Award.
Rissmiller shares the Crusader Award, given to the rower who truly dedicates themselves to the sport and who truly embodies the Crusader spirit. A 2003 graduate of the Brooks School, Rissmiller competed on the soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse teams during her tenure and was captain of the soccer team her senior year. She joined the rowing team as a novice during her freshman year and worked her way onto the varsity squad. Despite spending her junior year in Spain, Rissmiller earned a spot in the women's varsity eight for the 2007 New England Championship, where the boat made the grand final, and the ECAC Regatta. While she has no definite plans for the future, she is excited to be part of the 2007 graduating class.
Scully also shares the Crusader Award, given to the rower who truly dedicates themselves to the sport and who truly embodies the Crusader spirit. Also a 2003 graduate of the Brooks School, Scully rowed competitively for four years and was given the Katherine V. Liddle Crew Prize during her junior year in 2002. She joined the rowing team at Holy Cross during her sophomore year, and was part of the lightweight eight that rowed at the Head of the Charles in 2006. Scully was part of the women's third varsity eight that rowed their way to an undefeated regular season, and a first place finish at the New England Championships in 2007. Scully graduated with a degree in Political Science, and was named to the Dean's List during both semesters of her senior year. She plans to live and work in Boston next year.
Meehan receives the Chick Award, honoring 1970 Holy Cross graduate Larry Chick, and recognizing the person who stands out on the team as going above and beyond everyone's expectations. In 2005, Meehan won a bronze medal for the men's lightweight eight at ECACs, and in 2006 won a gold medal for the men's second varsity eight and men's lightweight eight at the Patriot Challenge. The same year, he was part of the men's second varsity eight that finished second at the New England Rowing Championship. In 2006 and 2007, Meehan was part of the men's second varsity eight that was invited to and competed at the Eastern Sprints and the IRA National Regatta. Post graduation, Meehan will be working for Medical Information Technology, Inc., in Westwood, Mass., as a Client Training Specialist.
Carolan was given the Coxswain's Award, an award open to all varsity coxswains, honoring the most outstanding coxswain on the team. A 2003 graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur in 2003, Carolan was named All-State, All-Inter AC and All-Main Line in cross country and track. A two-time member of the Pennsylvania Athletic Club (Penn AC), she has just recently accepted an invitation to cox for the Vesper Women's Rowing Club in Philadelphia. In 2006, Carolan was the coxswain for the men's lightweight eight that finished second at New Englands and fourth at the ECAC National Regatta. The same boat placed 11th at Eastern Sprints and competed at the IRA National Regatta. This past year, she was part of the men's varsity eight that placed 14th in nation at the EARC Sprints. Carolan was also a Philadelphia Marathon finisher and a Boston Marathon qualifier. Since graduation, Carolan has plans cox for the Vesper Boat club and continue running.