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CONGRATULATIONS to three senior rowers who achieved commended status in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program - Katherine Beavis, Brian Johnson, and Dennis Kirby.
Congratulations to senior rower, Zachary Verghese, who was named a National Merit Semifinalist.
National Merit Semifinalists Named
Please join us in congratulating our 2017 National Merit Semifinalists. These talented students now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. The students can be seen below with College Counselor, Kurt Schmidt, Principal, Brianna Latko, and School President, Fr. Michael Caruso, SJ. The student winners are: Emma Cahill, Patrick Caproni (not pictured), Olivia Coletta, Edward Converse, Gillian Gagnard (not pictured), Jack Larkin, Anna Podkowski, and Zachary Verghese.
FROM TONY BROOKS:
Varsity Girls Rowing Team Junior 4+ races to 10th in Nation
On Saturday, May 28th, the Varsity Girls Rowing Team Junior 4+ raced to a 10th place finish in the semi-finals at the Scholastic National Championships in Lake Dillon, OH. Competing against the top 24 schools in the country, the Junior 4+ - Katie Close coxswain, Jordan Schoen stroke, Madeleine Gaynor 3, Marie O¹Brien-Smart 2, Nora Murawski bow - fought their way into the semi-finals in a tough heat on Friday. In near perfect conditions, this scrappy crew of sophomores in their first national championships battled for 2nd place for most of the 1500 meter race,getting overtaken in the last 500 by the larger more experienced crews. They missed qualifying for the finals by only 4 seconds. They look forward to next fall to begin preparations for a return to the National Championships in 2017!
FROM BRYAN CHEUNG:
Boys Rowing Closes Out Season Against Nation's Elite, with 6th Place Finish in the Varsity 4x
Nashport, OH; West Windsor, NJ
Coming off a stellar Midwest Championships, the boys set their course, first for the Scholastic National Championships, and then finally, the USRowing Youth National Championships. At the Youth National Championships, the Varsity 2- raced against the best in the nation, with many of these athletes having been part of the Junior National or Junior National Development Teams. With difficult weather conditions, they finished 5th in their quarter-finals, and did not advance. For this young crew of junior Zachary Verghese and sophomore Henry Quinn-Pasin, it was a valuable learning experience as they regroup for next year.
At the Scholastic National Championships, the Junior 4+ arrived less than healthy, with half the crew sick from food poisoning, but they nonetheless set their sights high. Racing in the closest heat of the day, they stayed with the leading pack throughout, but could not muster the extra 3/10th of a second in the final sprint to advance. The Varsity 4x, with seniors Liam Connery, Loren Lyles and Harrison Dewitt, along with junior Ethan Young, made no mistake in their semi-final as they disposed of fellow Midwest rival Taylor-Allderdice (Pittsburgh, PA) to take the final spot in the Grand Finals. Racing against a strong field, which included eventual Scholastic Champions and Youth Bronze Medalists Brophy College Prep (Phoenix, AZ), they raced to a 6th place finish. As Saint Ignatius' first time competing in sculling events, the Varsity 4x set a high standard for future crews. And for 3 seniors, there was really no better way to finish off their high school career.
Congratulations to three seniors recognized for their athletic and academic achievements by the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Association: Katherine Beavis, Anne Coyne, and Brian Johnson!
Saint Ignatius was well represented at the ribbon cutting for the Eleanor Street Boathouse. Many of the rowers were able to thank Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the alderman, Patrick Daley Thompson, an Ignatius grad.