Grace Horner became the first CJ student-athlete of the 2013-14 school year to sign a National Letter of Intent after agreeing to join the Golden Griffins of Canisius College during the early signing period on Nov. 20.
The coxswain intends to study anthropology at the private Jesuit institution located in western New York, where she will receive partial academic and athletic grants. The school’s NCAA Division I women’s rowing program competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
"Grace's quiet leadership and competitive success make her a natural fit for our coxswain corps here at Canisius,” said Griffins’ head coach Joel Furtek in a release posted on the school’s web site. “She had a lot of options to continue her education and her quest for speed, and I'm thrilled that she has chosen to be a Griff. We can't wait to get her piloting a boat down the Black Rock Channel.”
Horner is the 16th Eagles rower to sign with a varsity college crew program since 2006. CJ men’s and women’s crew athletes compete as members of the Dayton Boat Club (DBC) under the direction of coaches Mike and Trish Miles.
The CJ senior thanked her coaches for their support in the recruiting process. Horner began her rowing career with the DBC in 8th grade and said she could not have imagined the outcome back then. “I love rowing, it’s been a huge part of my life over the last five years, so to get to continue doing this in college is very exciting and meaningful.”
As a junior during the 2013 season, Horner and teammate Gretchen Bruggeman ‘13, now a rower at Notre Dame, were part of the DBC women’s 4+ boat which took 10th place at the USRowing Youth National Championships.