On Wednesday, December 18, ten seniors committed to play sports at the collegiate level in a Commitment Day ceremony in the Heffernan Lobby of the Athletic Center. Joined by their families, coaches and student supporters, Sacred Heart Greenwich celebrated the amazing accomplishments of these rowers, lacrosse players, squash player and golfer.
Reflecting on the achievements of these ten athletes, Director of Athletics Liz Dennison said, “This is an historic season for Sacred Heart athletics with six students signing National Letters of Intent and ten students overall committing to play college athletics. These athletes are proof that the excellent coaching staff, competitive team schedules and rigorous academics at Sacred Heart set our students up to achieve at the highest level in college. We are so proud of these student-athletes and cannot wait to see what they accomplish over the next four years.”
Brown University bound Ashley Giannetti will be a member of the University’s rowing team after an incredibly successful career with Row America Rye. Giannetti has twice won the Head of the Charles, rowing’s biggest race, as part of the club’s Varsity Four. And just this fall, she took first place at Head of the Charles in the Women’s Youth Eight category. As a junior, her Varsity Four boat took second place in the USRowing Youth Championships as well as third place in the U-19 single and double events at the USRowing Club National Championships.
Katie Keller, a tri-varsity athlete at Sacred Heart, signed a National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at Duke University next year. Currently, Keller captains the Varsity Squash team and has earned all-league honors each season. She also played on the New England Class A Champion Varsity Field Hockey team this fall and took home the Honor, Heart, Hustle Award and an All-NEPSAC Honorable Mention nod. Heading into the lacrosse season as a team captain, Varsity Lacrosse will look to repeat as FAA Tournament Champions for the fourth season in a row. Last year, Keller earned Western New England All Star status and an FAA All-League nod.
The second rower in the group, Paige Pucel, signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Indiana University rowing squad. Pucel races with the CT Boat Club in a variety of boats including pairs, doubles, fours, quads and eights as a port and a starboard. In the Northeast Regional Championships, her 2v Four placed second in 2016, and first the past three years. Pucel has raced multiple years at the Head of the Charles and the past two years at the San Diego Fall Classic, placing fifth and second in the Varsity Four and Quad respectively.
Golfer Carly Haines signed a National Letter of Intent to play with the University of Louisville team. Captain of the Sacred Heart team this spring, Haines has previously earned the Honor, Heart, Hustle award (2019), Most Valuable Player award (2018), and Most Improved Player Award (2017) from the team. She has also earned All-League (2018) and Honorable Mention (2019) honors from the FAA. The three-time club champion at Wykagl Country Club won third place at the Kentucky Women’s Open in 2018. And over her career, Haines has earned three first place finishes, two second place finishes and two third place finishes in MET PGA events.
Soccer and lacrosse standout Amelia Sheehan signed a National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at the University of North Carolina. Coming off US Lacrosse All-American honors last spring, Sheehan will also captain the lacrosse squad that has its eyes set on winning yet another FAA Championship. As a junior, Sheehan took home the team’s Most Improved Player award and earned FAA All-League honors for the second year in a row. This fall, she captained the Varsity Soccer team, which won the FAA Regular Season Title and earned her fourth FAA All-League nod.
Rower Isabella Rogers will join the University of Notre Dame rowing team after signing a National Letter of Intent. This fall, she was named the Most Valuable Player of the Sacred Heart Rowing team. She is a member of the team’s Varsity 8+ and raced in the Varsity 4+ at the Head of the Charles during her senior fall. Rogers is a four-year rower in the fall and spring for Sacred Heart.
Morgan Smith, another tri-varsity athlete, will play lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania next year. This year, she captained the Varsity Field Hockey team to a FAA Regular Season Championship and New England Class A Tournament Championship while taking home a FAA Honorable Mention nod. Currently, she serves as captain of the Varsity Basketball team on which she has twice earned Most Improved Player honors. On the lacrosse field, Smith took FAA All-League honors as a sophomore and junior and was named to the Honorable Mention list as a freshman. During her junior campaign, Smith was named a US Lacrosse Academic All-American.
Rounding out the lacrosse commitments, Claire Chmiel signed a National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at Villanova University. The four-year varsity player has helped anchor the team’s defense leading to three years’ worth of FAA Tournament Championships. Together with Keller, Sheehan and Smith, these seniors hope to bring a fourth FAA Championship to King Street this spring. Chmiel has also made significant contributions to the Varsity B Field Hockey team over her four-year career.
Varsity A Squash captain Erin O’Connor will head to the University of Virginia in the fall to continue an outstanding squash career. In her junior year, O’Connor took home the team’s Most Valuable Player award while earning FAA All-League honors and taking third in her bracket at the New England Championships. As a freshman and sophomore, the squash standout earned FAA Honorable Mention honors. Last year at the Junior Gold Nationals played at UVa, O’Connor won the US Squash William T. Ketcham Jr. Award for her extraordinary commitment to the sport while seeing significant improvement to her game, after seeing the largest ranking increase over a year.
Finally, Emma Caruso has committed to row with the Williams College rowing team next fall. Currently, Caruso rows with the Connecticut Boat Club in the second Varsity 8 and medaled this fall in the second Varsity 4+. Caruso competed on the Sacred Heart rowing team during her freshman year, taking home Most Improved Player honors at the end of the season.