Women's Rowing Announces 2022 Class

Holy Cross Athletics   03-01-2018


The Holy Cross women’s rowing head coach Patrick Diggins announced the early signees for the class of 2022. Diggins adds five freshman to the 2018-19 roster.


“We are very excited to welcome these student-athletes to our family at Holy Cross,” said Diggins about the newcomers. “They come from excellent athletic and rowing backgrounds and we are looking forward to them having an immediate positive impact on the team and our community.”


Here is a look at the incoming class:


Julia Anthony 5-9 Amherst, N.Y.
Anne Comcowich 5-11 Hopkinton, Mass.
Mae Provost 5-10 Feeding Hills, Mass.
Grace Rett 5-7 Uxbridge, Mass.
Hannah Strom 5-9 Marion, Mass. 


Julia Anthony:

Why I chose Holy Cross: "Out of all the schools I toured, I was most impressed by the kindness of the students at Holy Cross,” said Anthony.  “Everyone was extremely welcoming, and I could see myself living there.  Along with the impressive academics, I loved the philosophy of a liberal arts college, and thought I would fit in most with the environment of the school.  And of course, the campus (as well as the new athletic facility) is absolutely beautiful!"

  • A six-season member of the varsity rowing squad under head coach Aileen McNamara
  • In her freshman year, won the Hammer Award as the fastest novice in the 2,000 meters
  • Helped her team to place second in junior eights in NYSSRA, place third at the Welland Five Bridges, and place first at the All High Regatta in her sophomore season
  • As a junior, rowed to a second place in varsity eights at NYSSRA, a first place finish in the varsity fours at All High Regatta, and a second place finish at the Saratoga Invitational in the women’s junior eight.
  • Raced at the Head of the Charles Regatta as a junior
  • In her senior season, claimed first in the varsity eight at Welland Five Bridges Classic
  • Rowed for West Side Rowing Club under head coach Frances McGuire
  • At West Side, claimed three consecutive first place varsity eight finishes at the West Side Rowing club Invitational Regatta (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • In 2017, placed first in the varsity eight boat at St. Catherine’s Invitational and the Henley Regatta

Anne Comcowich:

Why I chose Holy Cross: “I chose Holy Cross because of the excellent academics, perfect campus, and the fact that everything about it feels like home to me,” said Comcowich. “The school had always been at the top of my list, as much of my family members are alumni, but my official visit confirmed that Holy Cross is the place for me. When I visited as a recruit, the team and coaching staff gave me a warm welcome and I loved the team dynamic as well as the culture of the student body as a whole. I'm so excited to begin my next four years as a Crusader!”

  • Rows for the Lake Quinsigamond Community Rowing club team under head coach Nicholas Wright
  • Helped her boat to the Worcester Mayor’s Cup Sculling Award
  • A two-sport athlete at Hopkinton High School, basketball and track and field
  • A member of the National Honor Society
  • Recipient of the Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award


Mae Provost:

Why I chose Holy Cross: “I chose Holy Cross because it has everything I want in a school: small and personable, great location, fantastic academics, and of course, a wonderful rowing team!” said Provost. “Whenever I go visit I feel at home.”

  • A six-season member of the varsity rowing team under head coach Garrison Smith
  • Captained the team in the 2018 season
  • Claimed bronze at NEIRA in 2016
  • Played three seasons of varsity field hockey under head coach Cortney Duncan
  • Helped her team to the Founder’s League Championship in back-to-back seasons (2016, 2017)

Grace Rett:

Why I chose Holy Cross: “Committing to Holy Cross is a dream come true. My goal was to attend an academically challenging school where I could continue my Catholic education and compete at the Division 1 level,” said Rett. “Holy Cross will provide me with these opportunities and allow me to become part of an amazing Jesuit community of men and women for others.”

  • An eight-season member of the varsity rowing team under head coach Sean Murphy
  • Captained the team in her senior season (2017-18)
  • Led the girls’ varsity team to its first ever program win in the spring of 2016
  • Guided the team to its first appearance at the Head of the Charles Regatta in 2016
  • Rowed to consecutive undefeated home records in the spring season (2016, 2017)
  • As a freshman, set and holds the 2,000 meters erg record and 6,000 meters erg record at Marianapolis
  • Recipient of the Best Newcomer to Varsity Crew in the fall of 2014
  • A two-time Outstanding Achievement award (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
  • In the fall of 2017, won the Golden Knight Award

Hannah Strom:

Why I chose Holy Cross: “Nothing compared to the tight-knit community feeling that I felt when I stepped on campus,” said Strom. “During my visit, the team, coaches, and students all made me feel welcome and I knew that Holy Cross was the perfect place for me to continue challenging myself both athletically and academically. I couldn’t be more excited to become a Crusader this Fall!”

  • A three-season member of the varsity rowing squad under head coach Michael Bentz
  • Helped her team win the Simsbury Cup in 2017
  • Rowed in the Head of the Charles Regatta in 2016
  • Recipient of the Robert Gregg Stone Award in 2016 and 2017

Look at all the signees here




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