The Canisius College rowing head coach Joel Furtek has announced the signing of Jordan Bamrick and Nora Kennon to National Letters of Intent for the 2012-13 season. Kennon and Bamrick join Fall signees Hannah Blum and Corrine Kickel to comprise the program's first recruiting class.
"Combined with our Fall signees, Hannah Blum and Corrine Kickel, I'm proud and excited to welcome our first recruiting class to Canisius College," said Furtek. "All four have demonstrated the key tenets of our program -- they are competitive, supportive, and inclusive -- and all four understand the tremendous learning opportunity on the Canisius campus and at the Frank Lloyd Wright Fontana Boathouse."
Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pa., Bamrick currently rows for coach Chelsea Prior at Hampton High School. Entering her fourth season with the team, the team captain competes in the role of coxswain. At the 2011 Midwest Scholastic Championship, she coxed the varsity eight boat to a first-place finish. She is also a two-time national competitor at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America Nationals, which are informally recognized as the high school national championship by the rowing community.
"Jordan is an outstanding young woman who has the rare combination of spirit and level-headedness that we find in all great coxswains," said Furtek of Bamrick's abilities as a coxswain. "We've enjoyed getting to know her during the recruiting process, and I'm confident that Canisius is a great fit for academically, socially, and athletically. I can't wait to have her at the helm!"
Kennon is a current member of the Pelham Community Rowing Association, where she has competed since 2009 under the direction of coach Guy Monseair. The Peekskill, N.Y. native has experience competing at all levels, including international experience at the World Indoor Rowing Championship. Attending the Ursuline School, she is a two-time New York State Scholastic Rowing Association Scholar-Athlete Award winner.
"Nora is also a great fit for our program and for Canisius. She was instantly welcomed by the team during her visit and the coaches are in agreement that she is the committed student-athlete that we want to join our ranks," stated Furtek of Kennon. "She has already shown speed in high school but we know that she has much more in store. I'm excited to have her rowing with us soon!"
In their first season as a varsity program, the Griffs finished tied for fifth overall at the MAAC Rowing Championship held at Lake Mercer in New Jersey. In the face of first-year challenges, the team strived through its infancy with multiple achievements. As a team of novices, the Blue and Gold raced at varsity events, including the team's first appearance at the Knecht Cup, which featured 60 crews from across the nation.
"Out of our top eights, we lose only two rowers to graduate school," said Furtek. "With a few expected summer additions, we are ready to head into our first "Sophomore Fall" and accelerate the development of our program. It's a great time to be a Griff!"