April 19, 2010

Women's Rowing Announces 2010-2011 Freshman Class

WORCESTER, Mass.­ – The Holy Cross women's rowing program has announced the 2010-2011 freshman class. Laura Alves (North Grosvenordale, Conn.), Catherine Bogdanowicz (Chesapeake, Va.), Lauren Carlo (Crofton, Md.), Ali Finn (Grafton, Mass.), Kristina Giangrande (Andover, Mass.), Kelsey Marakovits (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and Bridget Schirripa (Lexington, Mass.) will join the Holy Cross program for the 2010-2011 academic year.

“We're very excited about our large and very experienced incoming class,” said Holy Cross head coach and director of rowing Patrick Diggins. “They each come from strong rowing programs and have demonstrated a work ethic that will serve them well at Holy Cross. We know that they will complement our strong current freshman and sophomore classes and we look forward to them helping us move even faster.”

Here is a look at the 2010-2011 freshman class.

Alves is a four-year member of the rowing team at the Pomfret School for coaches Vanessa Thorne and Allison Kaufman. As a captain in 2010, she won the Daentl Oarswoman award. Alves was also a member of the cross country team for two seasons. She received the Harvard-Radcliffe College Book Prize, was a Cum Laude inductee, and served as Co-President for Amnesty International. Alves plans on majoring in math at Holy Cross.

Bogdanowicz is a three-year member of the rowing team at the Great Bridge School in Chesapeake, Va., for coach Bryan Stambaugh. In 2009, she was a gold medalist at the EVSRA Regional Championship in the varsity four grand finals and a silver medalist at the VASRA Virginia states in the varsity four grand finals. She was a member of the novice eight boat that placed first at the Head of The James in 2006. Bogdanowicz was a member of the National Youth Leadership Conference and National Honor Society. Her brother Will was a member of the Holy Cross rowing team from 2004-2008.

Carlo is a member of the Annapolis Junior Rowing Club where she has won six career medals with three gold, one silver and two bronze. She was also a two-year member of the varsity soccer team at South River High School, while she was also two-year member of the varsity basketball team. Carlo is a member of National Honor Society.

Finn is a three-year member of the first ever rowing team at Worcester Academy for coach Christopher Dow where she has rowed for the varsity four. She was also a four-year member of the varsity swim team and served as the team's captain for the 2009-2010 season. Finn is a member of the Habitat For Humanity organization. Her grandfather, Arthur Alix (Class of 1950), was a member of the Holy Cross football team for one season.

Giangrande is a member of the Essex Rowing Club for Travis Gardner and Mike Irwin where she was a member of the novice eight team that were NEMA Champions. She was also a four-year member and senior captain of the varsity soccer team at Presentation of Mary Academy. Giangrande is also a member of the student council and National Honor Society.

Marakovits rowed for the Riverfront Recapture for coach Chris Hayes as she was captain in 2009 and won the Novice of the Year award in 2008. She was also a four-year member of the indoor and outdoor track teams at Northwest Catholic High School and was the MVP for the outdoor team. Marakovits was a Student Council Senator and member of National Honor Society.

Schirripa rowed for the Community Rowing Inc. club team for coach Ethan Curren. She was a member of the varsity eight that rowed at the 2009 Head of The Charles. In the fall of 2008, she was a member of the novice eight that placed first at the Textile Regatta in Lowell, while in the spring of 2009 she was a member of the novice eight that took first at the Lowell Novice Invitational. Schirripa was on the Academic Honor Roll for four years at the Montrose School.