Canisius College rowing coach Joel Furtek announced two more additions to the Griffs’ 2014 recruiting class on Wednesday, bringing the incoming class to seven.
Tessa Glavin (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) and Annie DeCosta-Klipa (Deerfield, NH/ Concord) became the two newest members of the Blue and Gold by signing a National Letter of Intent this week.
Glavin won the 2013 New York State Championship with the Junior Eight from Baldwinsville. She becomes the third signee from Baldwinsville in the past two seasons. Mackenzie App, who signed last week and current freshman Mikaela Braun also hail from Baldwinsville.
"Tessa's spirit was evident from the first time we met, and we were happy to see her connect quickly with the team,” Furtek said. “She has learned how to win in her high school career and we know that she has a lot more speed to discover, and we can't wait to lead her there!"
DeCosta-Klipa rows both sides and sculls for Concord High School. She has raced the prestigious Head of the Charles three times while a member of the Crimson Tide and her crew’s performance in 2013 secured an automatic bid for the program in 2014.
"I'm proud that Annie has decided to continue her education and rowing career at Canisius,” Furtek said. “She is an intelligent, thoughtful, and focused student-athlete who will thrive here in the classroom and on the water. Annie is a great competitor and I look forward to unleashing that part of her."
DeCosta-Klipa and Glavin join App, Grace Horner, Patti Beaulieu, Josie Sheftic and Jade Carlson who became Griffs during the fall signing period.
"We're all extremely excited to welcome seven signees to the Class of '18,” Furtek said. “They come from right here in Buffalo, from Rochester, and Syracuse; but also from New Hampshire, Ohio, and North Carolina. Word is getting out beyond Western New York that Canisius offers a fantastic combination of educational opportunities in our small classrooms and out of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fontana boathouse.”
“The new Griffs share a commitment to always improving in the classroom and on the water, and they bring championships and competitiveness at high levels. With 5 seniors or graduate students completing their eligibility this spring, the time is right for a big and fast class to join our outstanding returning student-athletes. We can't wait to incorporate their size, speed, and spirit into our crew."
The seven additions will join the Griffs next season, a program which is currently in its third year of competition. Canisius finished third overall at the 2013 MAAC Championships and its Varsity Eight earned MAAC Crew of the Year last season.