Jan. 18, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State rowing coach Patrick Sweeney has announced the signing of 11 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period and an additional two new student-athletes transferring at mid-year. Sweeney said the strength of the signing class is a testament to how hard his staff has worked at recruiting and praised recruiting coordinator Grace Riekenberg for her efforts.
This fall signing class is evidence that Coach Grace is doing a good job as our recruiting coordinator,” Sweeney said. “It has been nice to watch the team build in depth over the past five years she has been on staff.”
The two transfers joining the Wildcat rowing team are Chelsea Marquette from Blue Rapids, Kan., and Elizabeth Stevenson from Ogallala, Neb. Both played volleyball at community colleges before coming to K-State this semester.
Marquette transfers to K-State from Hutchinson Community College where she played volleyball and was honorable mention All-Jayhawk West Conference in 2010. In high school, Marquette lettered for Valley Heights in basketball, volleyball and track. She helped lead the basketball team to back-to-back Sub-State championships and the volleyball team finished third in state her junior and senior seasons. She was named to the State All-Tournament Team in 2009 for her efforts.
Stevenson played two years of volleyball for Kansas City Kansas Community College where she earned first team all-conference and all-district and was named All-America honorable mention. In high school she lettered three years in volleyball for Ogallala High School and helped the team to three straight district championships. She also lettered four years in both basketball and track and field.
In addition to the Wildcats’ mid-year transfers, 11 National Letter of Intent signees joined the team’s future ranks during the NCAA early signing period and will join the team in the fall for the 2012-13 season. Those 11 athletes: Deanna Beall, Alexis Cunningham, Noelle Dykmann, Kelsey Eagleman, Hannah Frith, Olivia Housholder, Kerri Kennedy, Hanna Larsen, Brooklynn Otte, Kelsey Schultz and Ariana Thompson.
Beall is a two-year letterwinner in tennis at Baldwin High School where she was involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She also competed in soccer for the Bulldogs.
Cunningham lettered four years in volleyball at Topeka High School where she was an honor roll student. Her uncle Alan Cunningham played baseball at K-State.
Dykmann is from Lenexa and played basketball and soccer for St. James Academy. She helped the basketball team to Sub-State runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2011.
Eagleman is from Overland Park and lettered in soccer and volleyball for Shawnee Mission South. She also participated in basketball for the Raiders and is an honor roll student.
Frith competed in volleyball, basketball and soccer for Lutheran High School in Kansas City where she helped lead the Knights to a conference championship in basketball and back-to-back Missouri Mid-State Conference titles in volleyball. She was named first team All-Conference in volleyball and basketball.
Housholder comes to K-State from Scandia where she lettered in volleyball, basketball and track and field. In 2009, she helped the Panthers of Pike Valley High to a Sub-State championship in volleyball. The volleyball team won the regional championship this fall. She qualified for the state championship in the javelin as a sophomore and junior and holds the Pike Valley school record in the event.
Kennedy played volleyball four years for the Olathe South Falcons where she helped the team to a Sub-State championship in 2009. She also played club volleyball extensively with her team finishing fifth at the national tournament in 2009.
Larsen has seen her success come on the basketball court for Andover High. The Trojans finished first in their league her freshman year and won Sub-State the following year. She also played volleyball three years and softball for one.
Otte is another volleyball player turned rower as she lettered four years for Atchison County Community High School. The Tigers won three straight league championships and posted one state runner-up during that time along with a fifth-place finish. She earned first team all-league three times as well.
Schultz comes to the K-State rowing team with a different water sport background. She lettered in swimming for Maize High School and was a medalist at the state championship meet in 2009. She also qualified for the meet in 2010 and helped her team to a league championship as well as lettering in tennis.
Thompson is a product of Shawnee Mission South and lettered four years in basketball as well as track and field for the Raiders. She is a member of the National Honor Society and an honor roll student.
“We’re really excited about these athletes coming from other sports to join our team,” Sweeny said of the first half of the 2012 recruiting class. “Our program is all about taking high school students from various differing athletic backgrounds and building them into a Division I competitive team. Historically, we’ve been able to develop athletes like these so we are confident this new crop of youngsters will be the next step up for our team. We expect to see them work hard, be committed and have successful college careers both on the water and in the classroom.”