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Rowing Welcomes 10 High School Student-Athletes to the Program

first_img“Amanda is the second Saint Charles recruit, who I saw race at club nationals in Boston in its invite youth summer program,” DiSilvestro said. “I was really impressed because she moved away from home and trained in Boston. Really pleased she decided to pursue academics and training with us. She also had a great recommendation from coach Meldrum.” Manolis, who attends Mounds Park Academy, is a captain on her Nordic ski team which captured back-to-back state titles. “Kait rows for Culver Military Academy and I am so impressed by how hard it is to get into the academy,” DiSilvestro said. “Her recommendation from coach Guy Weaser, reinforced my feelings on how mentally strong, dedicated and goal-orientated she is.” Wilson attends Iowa City High School and is a teammate of Kearns on the Little Hawks’ swimming team. She also competed in bowling for one season. York attends Southwest Guilford High School where she earned four varsity letters on the swimming team. She has rowed four varsity seasons for Club Triad, serves as a team captain and helped the club win numerous championships. Pereira attends Naperville North High School where she competed in volleyball her first two years. She is a teammate of Palmer’s with the Saint Charles Rowing Club. “Beatrice was our final signee and comes from Hawkeye Community Rowing who we have a good relationship with already with one of our freshmen who is doing well,” said DiSilvestro. “They have a new coach in Amy Smith who will do great things for that club and will be able to build it into a very good Midwest juniors’ program.” “Ana comes from a well-respected coach, Miriam Baer, of the Minnesota Boat Club,” DiSilvestro said. “She is a very good rower, and captain of her Nordic skiing team, which shows great leadership. Her parents are really good people and she received a high recommendation from coach Baer, who I respect a lot, for always being a positive influence with her teammates.” Kearns is a four-year varsity letterwinner for the Iowa City High School swimming team. As a freshman, she was a member of the Little Hawks team that won a state title. “Geeya is a member of the Chicago Rowing Foundation West Club,” DiSilvestro said. I’m impressed with Geeya, a coxswain, who started out at downtown Chicago, driving into and out of the city every day for practice. She impressed head coach Mike Walen so much that she helped coach Walen start a new west side rowing club with coach Laura Mikels who I know from her Chicago Club and was also asked to run the club. Geeya has really great command of the team, racing strategies and really comes into her own in the boat with her teammates. I love her tenacious side as a racer.” Leeper, who attends Culver Military Academy, started rowing as a freshman and in her short career has been a member of several successful boats at multiple regattas. Her parents, Doug and Kellie, competed in football at Purdue University and track and field at the University of Illinois, respectively.  Patel attends Downer Grove North High School. At the US Rowing Midwest Rowing Championships for the Chicago Rowing Foundation, she was a member of the club’s 2nd Novice 8+ boat that took second place. Palmer attends Crystal Lake Central High School. She has won multiple titles with different boats for the Crystal Lake Rowing Club, the Rockford Illinois Rowing Club and her current club, the Saint Charles Rowing Club. Pomeroy attends Lyons Township High School. She was a member of a boat that claimed second at the Juniors Midwest. Whyte attends Waunakee Area Community High School where is a captain of the soccer team. She competed on the school’s cross-country skiing club team and went to state all four seasons. “What impressed me most about Sydney was her strong work ethic from her coach Smith with Hawkeye Community Rowing, DiSilvestro said. “Sydney is the “first in and last out of the gym for workouts.” I had the chance to watch her on the erg during a very hard workout and loved the splits Sydney was holding. I’m very excited to have her join us this fall.” DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University rowing team has added Beatrice Kearns (Iowa City, Iowa), Kait Leeper (Carmel, Ind.), Ana Manolis (Roseville, Minn.), Autumn Palmer (Crystal Lake, Ill.), Geeya Patel (Woodridge, Ill.), Amanda Pereira (Naperville, Ill.), Kaitlyn Pomeroy (La Grange, Ill.), Sydney Wilson (Iowa City, Iowa), Alex Whyte (Waunakee, Wis.) and Lindsay York (High Point, N.C.) for the 2019-20 season, head coach Charlie DiSilvestro announced Friday, Jan. 4. “Autumn is one of two Saint Charles rowers we signed this year,” DiSilvestro said. “I got to know her when she rowed up for the Crystal Lake Rowing Club and then transferred to Rockford Illinois Rowing and now is settled in with Saint Charles Rowing Club for coach Chris Meldrum. I’m most impressed by how she got to Saint Charles, loved rowing and wanted to go to the best place to get better and train. Coach Meldrum is a great choice because he produces some really great rowers.” “Alex was the first one to give us a verbal commit when she came on her unofficial visit,” DiSilvestro said. “I’m very impressed with her club program, Camp Randall. She is a tough kid; her dad is a police officer who rowed at Marquette. She has a great family, a really good rowing stroke and stood out on her team. I really wanted to have her after seeing her practice.” “Kaitlyn is another Chicago Rowing Foundation West member,” DiSilvestro said. “I’m really impressed by her outgoing personality, organizational skills, her hard work ethic in the boat and the great technical skills. She had a really strong recommendation from coach Mikels.” “Lindsay rows for Triad United,” DiSilvestro said. “Getting to know her through recruiting and I didn’t see her row in person but watched videos and received great recommendations. I wanted her on our team after talking and texting with her. Her mother rows in a master’s program. Lindsay development improved tremendously from her junior to senior year. Lindsey is a geally good person and somebody who will be a good addition to our team not only as a rower but as a young woman.” Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more