Three scholastic rowing standouts – Maria Biancanello, Lauren Slattery and Natalie Simms – have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Saint Joseph’s next year, it was announced by Hawks’ women’s rowing coach Gerry Quinlan.
Biancaniello is from Newtown Square, Pa., and attends the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur. Since her freshman year, she has rowed bow for the quad and garnered a number of medals and first-place finishes. As a freshman, she helped her crew place second in the PSRA City Championship and third in the PSRA National Championship. As a sophomore she rowed for the Varsity Quad and helped her crew take second place at the SRAA Nationals and first place at both the Navy Day Regatta and the Head of the Schuylkill. Voted unanimously as the team captain this season, she plans to major in pre-medicine at Saint Joseph’s.
Roman hails from Galloway, N.J. and attends Absegami High School. Now in her third year with the rowing team, she is a member of the Varsity 8. She also competes for Absegami’s swim team and for the Longport Beach Patrol in the South Jersey Lifeguard Races. Roman intends to major in nursing at SJU.
Slattery is from Egg Harbor Township, N.J., and Holy Spirit High School. A four-year member of the crew, she has rowed stroke for the Varsity 8 her junior and senior years. Slattery has helped Holy Spirit to a number of impressive victories, including wins in the Stotesbury Cup, SRAA Nationals and the City Championship. Slattery, who will major in special education/early childhood education at SJU, has also been a member of the crews that won three county titles and two state championships.
Simms, from Ambler, Pa., is a four-year member of the crew at Mount Saint Joseph Academy. She has rowed for the Varsity 8 and was a member of the crew that took first place at the 2012 Cities Regatta and had second-place finishes at both the 2012 Stotesbury Cup and the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Junior District Championship. Simms, who had a fifth-place finish at the 2010 SRAA Nationals, has also been a member of her school’s varsity swim team. She plans on majoring in psychology at Saint Joseph’s.
"We are very excited about how our recruiting class has begun. We have a young team right now and the addition of these four individuals will make an immediate impact on our team next year,” said Quinlan. "All four are great competitors and bring a wealth of athleticism and enthusiasm to our team. We are looking forward to completing the Class of 2018 and continuing our great success.”