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Women's Rowing Announces Incoming Class

Holy Cross Athletics   06-20-2019

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross women’s rowing head coach Patrick Diggins announced the addition of eight student-athletes to class of 2023.

 

Here is a look at the incoming class:

 

Josie Ascione

5-11

Middletown, Wis./ Edgewood

Lauren Colby

6-0

Hingham, Mass./ Hingham

Olivia Evans

6-3

Duxbury, Mass./ Duxbury

Catie Flynn

5-4

Boston, Mass./ Boston Latin School

Maggie Gilmore

5-8

Springfield, Ill./ Sacred Heart Griffin

Annabelle Huffman

5-8

Worcester, Mass./ Bancroft School

Bianca McIver

5-6

Scarsdale, N.Y./ The Ursuline School

Maggie O’Leary

5-0

Waterbury, Conn./ The Taft School

 

Josie Ascione:

Why I chose Holy Cross “I chose Holy Cross because of the feeling that I got when I stepped onto the beautiful campus. It immediately felt like home. I love the incredible community and the support that comes from everyone on campus. I know that Holy Cross will provide me with amazing academic opportunities to prepare for a career in the medical field, and I cannot wait to row at the next level on such a close-knit, driven team.”

  • Rowed for the Camp Randall Rowing Club
  • Won the Steve Schafer Award for dedication and hard work in 2018
  • Helped her team to a third place finish at the Women’s Youth Fours event  in the Blake Haxton Regatta in 2018
  • Led her team to a 12th place finish at the Women’s Youth Fours in the 2018 Head of the Charles

 

Lauren Colby:

Why I chose Holy Cross The second I stepped onto the Holy Cross campus I knew it was the right fit for me. It checked all the boxes I was looking for, a challenging liberal arts education with a beautiful campus, outstanding alumni network, and it’s close enough to home without being too close. All the professors, students, and coaches I met welcomed me with open arms and I felt like I had been a Crusader for years. The girls on the rowing team made my visit incredibly fun and showed me all fantastic places that Holy Cross and Worcester had to offer. They are a family and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

  • Rowed five seasons of varsity crew
  • Captained the team in the 2018-19 season
  • Helped her team to a 2017 second-place finish MPSRA Spring Championship
  • Rowed in the Petite Final at the NEIRAs in 2018
  • Raced at the Head of the Charles (2017, 2018)

 

Olivia Evans:

Why I chose Holy Cross “I chose Holy Cross for its strong sense of community, mission, academic rigor, and athletic competitiveness. At Holy Cross, I know I will be part of a family and not just a number. I am excited to be a Crusader!”

  • An eight-season member of the varsity rowing team
  • Captained the team in her senior year
  • Won the State Championship at MPSRA Spring State Championship (2018)
  • Led her team to a four-consecutive MPSRA State Championships (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Guided her team to a 2018 fall and spring MPSRA State Championship
  • Rowed for the Riverside Boat Club in 2018
  • Competed at the Royal Canadian Henley

Catie Flynn:

Why I chose Holy Cross “I chose Holy Cross because of the rigorous academics, hard working environment, and dedicated student body.  I wanted a school with strong values, particularly an emphasis on kindness.  On my official visit, everyone was so friendly and went out of their way to be nice.  At Holy Cross I could see an opportunity to row for a great team and study in my desired field, all while being part of a close community.  I'm excited to be a Crusader!

  • A five-season member of the varsity rowing team
  • Captained the team through the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school year
  • Awarded the ‘Team Glue’ award in 2018 and 2019
  • Won the Girls Lightweight U19 at Ergzilla in 2019
  • Won the 2019 Girls Eights Trophy at the Mass Publics in 2019
  • Raced with her team at the 2018 and 2019 Salvo Cup along with the 2018 Head of the Charles
  • Helped her team to win the Points Trophy at Mass Publics in 2019

 

Maggie Gilmore:

Why I chose Holy Cross “I chose Holy Cross because it offers an outstanding liberal arts education, while also providing me with the chance to continue competing athletically. As soon as I stepped on campus, the Holy Cross community, especially the girls on the team and coaches, eagerly welcomed me and made me feel at home. I cannot wait to be on campus next fall; I am thrilled to be a Crusader!”

  • Played three seasons of varsity basketball
  • Captained the team in her senior season
  • Named to the Academic All-Conference team for four-consecutive seasons

 

Annabelle Huffman:

Why I chose Holy Cross “I’ve wanted to attend Holy Cross since I went to my first college football game there in fifth grade. At that time, I told people that Holy Cross is where I wanted to go to college. Jumping ahead seven years, I wasn’t sure that I would feel the same way, but I knew that as soon as I stepped on campus that I did. It’s where I feel at home.”

  • A six-season member of the varsity rowing team
  • Named the Girls Novice Crew MVP in 2016
  • Led her team to a 2018 Medford Mayor’s Cup
  • Guided her team to a Davidson Cup and Worcester Mayor’s Cup in 2017

 

Bianca McIver:

Why I chose Holy Cross “I knew I loved Holy Cross from the minute I stepped on campus. I chose Holy Cross because of the outstanding academics, beautiful campus, and of course, its amazing crew team! I am thrilled to be a part of this community and I can't wait to see what’s in store for the next four years!”

  • Rowed for the PCRA club team
  • Captained the team in the 2018-2019 season
  • Competed in the Royal Canadian Henley in 2017
  • Competed in the 53rd and 54th Head of the Charles

 

Maggie O’Leary:

Why I chose Holy Cross “When touring colleges my parents kept telling me that I would ‘just know’ when I stepped on to the campus that was right for me. As I was driving home from my official visit with my mom, I knew. I had only been on campus for one night, but I could already picture myself come fall of 2019 heading to my Montserrat class and then then to Lake Quinsigamond for practice. Holy Cross is everything I looked for in a school, and I can’t wait to be on campus next fall.”

  • A four-season member of the varsity rowing team
  • Captained the team in her senior year
  • Recipient of the Founders League Award in 2019
  • Helped her team to a Bronze Medal at the Founders Day Regatta in 2018
  • Guided her team to a first-place finish in the Petite Final at the NEIRAs in 2019

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