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Rowing Announces NLI Signees for Class of 2018

Dec. 5, 2013

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass.- Seven student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to row at Boston College in the fall of 2014, according to an announcement made by head coach Steve Fiske. 

Amanda Bakke, Haley Bower, Jessica Ferrante, Michela Karrash, Caitlain McDonald, Claire Orzel, and Ola Zaworski will join the Class of 2018 at BC. These future Eagles hail from six different states.

Amanda Bakke|White Plains, N.Y.|Arlington High School

Coxed for Arlington High School…named coxswain of the year from 2011-2013…served as head coxswain of the Arlington varsity girls and boys team…a Hudson Valley Rowing League Division A champion…president of the French Club and member of the French Honor Society…a National Honor Society member and honors student.  

Haley Bower|Norwalk, Conn.|Weston High School

Earned gold medals at U.S. Northeast Rowing Regionals, GMS Regatta and Saratoga Invitational…Earned silver medal at Mercer Lake Sprints in 2012…received best power to weight ratio at Southeast Junior Rowing Camp…also played field hockey…leading scorer on Weston High field hockey team in 2011…AP Scholar…honor roll student…received the World Language Award in 2010.

Jessica Ferrante|Bridgeport, Conn.|Fairfield Ludlowe High School

Placed second in the women’s Varsity Four and second in the Varsity Eight at Northeast Regionals in 2013…finished eighth in the women’s varsity eight at Youth Nationals and second in the women’s Varsity Eight at Club Nationals in 2013…honor roll student.

Michela Karrash|Abington, Pa.|Mount Saint Joseph Academy

Competed in the U.S. Youth Nationals varsity eight in 2013 and the Leightweight Eight…participated in the Head of the Charles in 2013, 2013, and 2011…competed against the British National Champions in the 2012 Henley Regatta in the women’s second Varsity Eight Stotesbury Cup…earned a gold medal at the 2012 Philadelphia City Slam and a silver medal in 2013…honor student…was awarded the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Student of the Month twice by Senator Greenleaf.

Caitlain McDonald|Beverly, Mass.|Newton South High School

Has rowed for Community Rowing Inc. since 2011…team captain from 2013-2014…placed 30th out of 85 at the 2013 Head of the Charles Regatta in the junior women’s Eight event…finished second at 2013 Head of the Fish in the women’s junior Varsity Eight…semi-finalist at 2013 Club National Championships...four-year honor roll student.

Claire Orzel |Newark De.|Archmere Academy

Competed in 2013 U.S. Rowing Youth Nationals…competed in 2013 Head of the Charles Regatta…also played varsity volleyball at Archmere Academy…honor roll student…AP Scholar…National Honor Society member.

Ola Zaworski|Chicago, Ill.|Loyola Academy

Earned four Varsity Letters at Loyola Academy…placed 26th in the men’s Varsity Eight at the 2012 Head of the Charles Regatta…finished 30th in the men’s Varsity Eight at the 2013 Head of the Charles Regatta…placed fifth at the Milwaukee River Challenge men’s Varsity Eight and the 2013 Midwest Championships men’s Varsity Eight…finished 17th at Nationals in men’s Varsity Eight category…Clavius and AP scholar…National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society member.


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