Athletes in the News

Kaitlin Campbell, a graduating senior at Rye High School, finished 11th in the Women’s Double event at the USRowing Youth National Championship June 10-12 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. She partnered with Mary Gail DiBuono, a junior at Mamaroneck High School, because her usual teammate, Julia Kelling, was graduating from Hackley that weekend. Campbell and DiBuono were only able to practice together ten times before the championship event, which attracted over 1,500 elite rowers from across the nation.

Kaitlin Campbell and Julia Kelling

Campbell, who will head to Boston College on a rowing scholarship this fall, qualified for the event in May after capturing a silver with Kelling at the New York State Scholastic Championship in Saratoga Springs. She was also one of just 30 rowers to receive an invitation to participate in USRowing’s 2011 U.S. Junior Women’s National Team Development Camp.

Class of 2011 Fordham Prep graduate Chris Smith was selected as a US Lacrosse High School All-American. “It’s a big honor and it’s nice to be recognized for my hard work,” said the middie, who played on Fordham Prep’s team for the last three years.

Chris Smith

Smith was also tapped to play in the Champion All-American Showcase, a traditional US Lacrosse event that features the nation’s elite high school players representing the entire country. Players are nominated by high school coaches to compete at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., July 20 – 22.

Having also been awarded Fordham Prep’s Most Outstanding Athlete, Smith will go on to play Division I lacrosse for the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., this fall.

Meredith Tibbals, a Rye High School freshman, has been selected by USA Field Hockey to compete in the National Futures Field Hockey Championship in Virginia Beach, Va., June 25-30. She’s one of 53 field hockey players selected from New York State to participate, and only one of 22 players in her age group. Tibbals will play in the under-16 division.

Meredith Tibbals

The talented young athletes in the Futures Program receive five months of elite-level training and tactical instruction. This year, 646 athletes out of 5,000 participants were selected to compete at the National Championship based on performances in regional programs and tournaments.


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