Nov. 30, 2011
Meet the Class of 2016
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College rowing program received a signed National Letter of Intent (NLI) from four student-athletes in November, according to an announcement made by head coach Steve Fiske. The 2016 signing class includes Jane Aulenback, Kathleen Ewell, Caroline Henry and Justine Yunakov.
"This is a very strong group of committed and experienced athletes," Fiske commented. "We expect them to have an immediate, positive impact on our speed next fall. To succeed as a student-athlete at BC you need to have passion, determination and toughness. Jane, Katie, Caroline and Justine all possess those qualities of character. We are really looking forward to working with each of them."
Aulenback will come to BC from Shrewsbury High School in Central Massachusetts. A member of the school's basketball team, she turned in an outstanding junior season. She was voted Central Massachusetts Division 1 Most Valuable Player in 2011 and was elected to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette's Super All-Star Team. Finishing the 2011 season ranked fifth overall in total points in Midland Wachusett "A" Division 1, Aulenback was voted to the conference All-Star Team. She is a member of the National Honor Society and enjoys taking part in community service through activities such as Habitat for Humanity and the League of Women Voters.
Ewell, a native of Medford, N.J., has had a successful rowing career at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School. She helped her crew capture back-to-back state championships in 2010 and 2011, in addition to a national championship in 2011. Ewell, who was selected as a captain for her senior season, was named team MVP following the 2011 season. She is very active in her community, volunteering at the local American Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House and St. Joan of Arc parish, in addition to contributing to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Genesis Healthcare Corporation.
Henry hails from Lake Forest, Ill. and will graduate from Lake Forest High School in June 2012. She participated in both tennis and basketball during her high school tenure. Henry was named captain of the Lake Forest freshman tennis squad in 2008, and the following year, was a captain for the basketball team as a sophomore. She enjoys partaking in community service activities at the Lake Forest Open Lands Association.
Yunakov, a coxswain, is in the midst of her senior year at Manhasset High School in New York. A vital member of the school's rowing team, she was a two-time captain of the varsity squad. A three-time recipient of Manhasset's Golden Coxswain Award, she has helped her team take several top-three finishes, including a second-place finish at the 2011 Youth Nationals in the Women's Lightweight Youth Four. She has also participated on the Sagamore Rowing Association's summer travel team since 2010, coxing her squad to a first place finish in the Women's Junior B Four at the 2010 Club Nationals. Also successful in the classroom, Yunakov is a member of the National Honor Society and was named a 2011 AP Scholar.