Women's Rowing Announces Freshman Class

Holy Cross Athletics   07-24-2017

WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross director of rowing and head women’s coach Patrick Diggins has announced the freshman class for the 2017-2018 season. Paige Cohen (Atlanta, Ga.),  Emma Grugan (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.), Elizabeth Keleher (Medfield, Mass.)Carrie Malatesta (Skillman, N.J.), Caroline Quinn (Sherborn, Mass.), Couper Tanko (Chicago, Ill.) and Grace Ward (Needham, Mass.) will join the program in the Fall of 2017.

"We're very excited to welcome the Class of 2021," said Holy Cross head coach Patrick Diggins. "We have great athletes from across the country that are already committed to making our team stronger and faster. They will help us to continue to raise the bar and make fast boats. There's no question that they will have a very quick, very positive impact on our team."


PAIGE COHEN

Cohen: “I was looking for a college that could offer me both an excellent liberal arts education and an opportunity to continue rowing competitively. Holy Cross stood out among other schools because of the strong community that instantly welcomed me. Holy Cross' commitment to delivering an outstanding education and Jesuit emphasis on service ultimately convinced me that it was the school for me. I can't wait to be a Crusader!”

Before Holy Cross:

  • Was a member of Atlanta Junior Rowing Association
  • Stroked the varsity eight to a second place finish at the 2016 Head of the Hooch Regatta (highest finish in club history)
  • Competed as a member of the varsity eight that finished ninth at the 2016 USRowing Youth Nationals (highest finish in club history)
  • Was a member of the varsity eight that had a first place finish at the 2016 USRowing Southeast Youth Championship (first Regionals win in a varsity eight event in club history)
  • Stroked the AJRA varsity eight to a seventh place finish at the 2015 Head of the Charles Regatta (highest finish in club history)
  • Placed third with the varsity eight at the 2015 USRowing Southeast Regionals

Personal:

  • Daughter of Scott and Mary
  • Her father ran cross country as a member of the Binghamton University Class of 1989
  • Has two sisters (Abby and Maddie)

EMMA GRUGAN

Grugan: “I chose Holy Cross for its community, both how tightly-knit it is and because of its promotion of social justice. These manifestations of community are critical to me because after graduation, I hope to serve others in the Peace Corps, and after that through a non-profit organization. I know that Holy Cross will enable me to be a woman for others within and beyond its community, and that I will learn how to make a difference in the world.”

Before Holy Cross:

  • Was a member of the women’s rowing team at William Penn Charter School
  • Served as the team captain her senior year
  • Won the team’s Coaches Award both her junior and senior years
  • Rowed as a member of Undine Barge Club and won the team’s Sportsmanship Award in 2015
  • Raced at the Head of the Charles Regatta in both her junior and senior years for the club
  • Swam two seasons on the varsity swimming team

Personal:

  • Daughter of John and Megan
  • Has two brothers (Ethan and Liam) and one sister (Maggie)
  • Her brother, Ethan, was a member of the Washington College rowing team

ELIZABETH KELEHER

Keleher: "The first time I stepped on campus I knew Holy Cross was the place for me. Everyone was so welcoming and willing to go out of their way to make someone's day brighter. There is no doubt in my mind that the next four years will include lots of hard work, dedication and development, as both an athlete and student at HC. The Holy Cross community is a lifelong family, and I am so excited to become a part of it!"

Before Holy Cross:

  • Was a member of Community Rowing Inc.
  • Swam all four years on the varsity swimming team at Medfield High School
  • Served as team captain her junior and senior years
  • Won the team’s Team Spirit Award
  • Played three years of varsity field hockey and one year of varsity lacrosse
  • Served as captain of the Spring 2016 Novice Girls Team and led them to a first place finish at the New England Juniors in 2017
  • Ranked in the top 10% of her class at Medfield High School
  • Was a member of National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society
  • Ranked in high honors three out of her four years at the school

Personal:

  • Daughter of Kevin and Annemarie
  • Her father played football as a member of Northeastern University’s Class of 1983
  • Has one brother (Jack) and one sister (Meghan)
  • Her brother played soccer at Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Her sister was a four-year member of the women’s varsity rowing team at Trinity College (Class of 2016) and won the Division III National Championship her junior year

CARRIE MALATESTA

Malatesta: "I chose Holy Cross because of the commitment to academics, athletics and the sense of community. The ability to attend a small school and get to know teachers and peers is very important to me, and Holy Cross allows me to do that while competing at the highest level."

Before Holy Cross:

  • Was a three-year member of the varsity women’s rowing team at the Hun School of Princeton as a coxswain
  • Served as the team captain her senior year
  • Won the team’s Skip Soriero award her junior year and the Coaches Award her senior year
  • Was the coxswain for Mercer PNRA during the summer
  • Member of the varsity field hockey team as a freshman
  • Held office in the House of Representatives at her high school
  • Member of the Honor Roll

Personal:

  • Daughter of Scott and Helene
  • Has one brother (Joseph)

CAROLINE QUINN

Quinn: “I have chosen Holy Cross because I know that it is the perfect place for me to be challenged and valued as a rower and a student. After visiting the campus and getting to know the team, I was immediately inspired by the enthusiasm and work ethic that the women shared. Their drive to succeed and the support they have for one another are elements that stand out to me the most. I am very excited to test my athletic and academic limits in such a great environment.”

Before Holy Cross:

  • Rowed as a member of Community Rowing Inc.
  • Placed third at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in the U19 Women’s 8 in 2016
  • Won the Underclassmen Chemistry Award during her sophomore year at Dover Sherborn and won the Underclassmen Precalculus Award her junior year
  • Was a member of National Honor Society

Personal:

  • Daughter of Christopher and Julie
  • Her mother graduated Holy Cross in 1986
  • Has two brothers (Charles and William) and one sister (Alice)
  • Her brother, Charles, is a member of the swimming team at Middlebury College

COUPER TANKO

Tanko: “I chose Holy Cross because the moment I stepped onto campus I knew that I had to be a part of such an incredible place. Holy Cross offers the best of both academics and athletics while still giving you a great sense of community, which is something I was searching for during the college process. Holy Cross is everything I wanted in a college and even more, so I knew I would be missing out on something amazing if I did not make it my future home.”

Before Holy Cross:

  • Rowed as a member of Chicago Rowing Foundation
  • Won the team’s Most Promising Novice Award in 2015
  • The team went undefeated in the spring 2016 season
  • Was a member of the varsity eight that won the Midwest Junior Rowing Championship in 2016
  • Competed on the gymnastics team all four years at William Jones College Prep
  • Was the team captain her sophomore year and won the team’s Most Valuable Gymnast and Most Improved Gymnast Awards
  • Helped the team to win two State Championships, was a Regional Beam Champion and a National Qualifier
  • Is the President and Founder of the Helping Hands Club, which is a club that works to empower the homeless in the neighborhoods of Chicago

Personal:

  • Daughter to Timothy and Sue
  • Has one sister (Cameron)

GRACE WARD

Ward: “Holy Cross checked off all the boxes on my list; small school, Jesuit Institution and strong biology program. These reasons influenced my choice, but what made my decision easy is the people at Holy Cross. The students, faculty and coaches are such genuine and welcoming people who create a community where all feel included. I chose The College of Holy Cross because it already feels like home.”

Before Holy Cross:

  • Rowed as a member of Community Rowing Inc.
  • Placed first in the third varsity eight at Northeastern Championship in 2016
  • Placed sixth as a member of the second varsity eight at the 2016 Canadian Henley
  • Finished third in the second varsity eight and fourth in the second varsity four at the 2017 Northeastern Championship
  • Team was the Overall Points Winner at the 2017 Northeast Championship
  • Competed as a member of the Wellesley Swim Association and served as the team captain
  • from 2014-2016
  • Won the Wellesley Swim Association Sportswoman of the Year Award in 2009-2010
  • Was awarded the WSA MVP for her performance during 2013-2014
  • Was a four-year member and a senior captain of the varsity swim team at Needham High School
  • Was a member of the team that won the Bay State Conference Championship in 2013
  • Served as class president during her freshman, sophomore and senior years
  • Was a member of National Honor Society

Personal:

  • Daughter of Mark and Kate
  • Her mother Kate was the founder of the women’s cross country team at Siena College and served as captain during her four years at the school
  • Has one brother (Gregory) and one sister (Katherine)

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