Holy Cross Rowing Announces Incoming Freshman Class

June 21, 2006

WORCESTER, Mass. - Pat Diggins, the director of rowing at the College of the Holy Cross, has announced that 11 freshmen will join the Crusader rowing teams in the fall of 2006. The Holy Cross incoming class includes five men and six women. Andrea DeMelo, Chloe Gordon, Abby Hammond, Amanda Imbriano, Caroline Krug and Mara Piltin and will join the women's squad, while Gaven Ehrlich, Matthew Grace, Daniel McGlinn, Sean McLaughlin and John Thornburgh will join the men's team.

DeMelo is a native of Tewksbury, Mass., and attended the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Mass. A three-year member of the rowing team at Buckingham Browne & Nichols, she also spent time during her junior year with Community Rowing, Inc., in Boston. The stroke of the varsity eight at Buckingham Browne & Nichols, DeMelo rowed in the Head of the Charles Regatta twice and led her boat to a fifth place finish at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Regatta.

Gordon comes to Holy Cross from Shrewsbury High School in Shrewsbury, Mass. She has been a member of the Shrewsbury rowing team for the last three seasons as a coxswain. A member of National Honor Society and the secretary of the Student Council, Gordon was named to the Honor Roll during each of her four years in high school. She also helped Shrewsbury raise $10,000 for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

A native of Holliston, Mass., Hammond attended the Montrose School in Natick, Mass. She competed for Community Rowing, Inc., in Boston, Mass., and won a gold medal in the second varsity eight as a senior at the Mid Atlantic Regional District Championship Regatta. Hammond also competed in the Head of the Charles Regatta, the U.S. Rowing National Championship Regatta and the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. A member of National Honor Society, Hammond received the Society of Women Engineers Award for high honors in math and science, and the Montrose Inspiration Award for personal perseverance and diligence.


Imbriano comes to the Crusaders from Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Syosset, N.Y. She has been a member of the rowing team at Our Lady of Mercy for the last three years as a coxswain. Imbriano helped lead her boat to a second place finish at the 2005 New York State Championship, and also competed in the Head of the Charles Regatta. She is also a member of both National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society.

A native of Hamburg, N.Y., Krug graduated from the Buffalo Seminary in Buffalo, N.Y. She was a coxswain on the Buffalo Seminary rowing team for four years, and was named her team's most valuable player as a senior. Krug led her boat the the finals of the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Championship, as well as appearances in the New York State Championship and the Fontana All-High Regatta.

Piltin is a native of Medford, N.J., and attended Merion Mercy Academy in Merion Station, Pa. She was named captain of the rowing team at Merion Mercy during both her junior and senior years. Piltin led her boat to first place finishes in the second varsity eight at both the Philadelphia Championship and the New Jersey Championship. She also helped her team to a fourth place finish in the semifinals of Scholastic Rowing Association National Championship.

Ehrlich comes to Holy Cross from McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, N.Y. He has been a member of McQuaid's rowing team since its inception in the spring of 2003, and was elected team captain in each of the last three years. Ehrlich's lightweight four boat placed earned a silver medal at the New York State Championship, while coming in fourth at the Scholastic Rowing Association National Championship. He also earned a bronze medal in the open weight eight at the Head of the Ohio, while placing fourth in the open weight four at the Head of the Schuylkill.

A native of Plymouth, Mass., Grace comes to the Crusaders from Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass. He was a member of Tabor's rowing team for each of the last four years, and will be taking part in the Royal Henley Regatta in England later this summer. In addition to rowing, Grace was on the varsity soccer team at Tabor for the last two years, while also spending one season on the basketball team.

McGlinn is a native of Ambler, Pa., and comes to Holy Cross from the Haverford School in Haverford, Pa. During the 2005 season, he placed second in the varsity quad at the Scholastic Rowing Assocation National Championship, the Philadelphia City Championship and the Mercer Lake Sprints. McGlinn also won the Navy Day Regatta in the open quad, and finished second in the Head of the Christiana in the junior varsity quad.

McLaughlin is a native of Abington, Pa., and comes to the Crusaders from La Salle High School in Wyndmoor, Pa. A three-year member of La Salle's rowing team, he earned second team All-Catholic honors twice, while being an honorable mention All-Catholic selection once. As a member of the varsity eight, McLaughlin earned a gold medal at the 2005 Schuylkill Banks Regatta and a bronze medal at the 2005 Stotesbury Cup. He also won gold medals in the lightweight eight at the 2003 and 2004 Frostbite Regatta, and was a member of National Honor Society.

A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Thornburgh attended the Park Tudor School, where he was a four-year member of the rowing team. He served as team captain during his senior year, and was twice named the team's most valuable rower. Thornburgh led his boat to the 2005 Indiana state title in the varsity four, while placing fourth at the 2004 Midwest Championship in the varsity eight. He was also named a Commended Student in the 2006 National Merit Scholarship Program, and earned honors during every semester.

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