Spring Signings for Two Eagle Seniors

This April, a pair of Chaminade Julienne seniors added an extra exclamation point to what has already been a successful Eagles athletic season as the 2011-12 school year nears a close.

With a little less than one month left until graduation, Maggie Switzer and Emily Michael became the ninth and tenth members of the class of 2012 to sign a National Letter of Intent with NCAA affiliated colleges and universities. The girls join eight fellow student-athletes who also will continue their athletic and academic careers playing sports including basketball, football, soccer, and track and field at eight different schools during the upcoming 2012-13 school year.

Maggie Switzer signed her National Letter of Intent Friday, April 20 with the women’s rowing team of Mercyhurst University (formerly known as Mercyhurst College). She will receive partial academic scholarships in addition to athletic grants to join the NCAA Division II Lakers women’s rowing program, and intends to study social work.

Switzer, who is completing her fourth season with the Eagles club crew team this spring, has served as a team co-captain during her junior and senior seasons, and qualified to represent CJ at the 2011 US Rowing Youth National Championships last season.

“I’m really excited to keep rowing in college. The sport is awesome and Mercyhurst’s program has had an amazing record,” Switzer said. The Lakers made consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division II National Championships from 2002 to 2005 and again from 2008 to 2011, winning two titles (2004 and 2010) in those spans according to hurstathletics.com.

“I’ve looked up to rowers who have earned scholarships and continued to be successful in college, and now I have a chance to do the same,” Switzer said.

Since 2005, the CJ crew program has produced more than a dozen scholarship and non-scholarship NCAA women’s athletes who have previously and currently compete for universities and colleges across the nation including Notre Dame, Georgetown, Duquesne, Nova Southeastern, Williams College, St. Joseph’s University, and the University of Dayton.

Switzer becomes the second Eagles rower to sign with Mercyhurst since 2007 graduate Bethany Brun, who earned All-American honors and won an NCAA Division II National Championship during her time on scholarship at the university, located on the coast of Lake Erie in Pennsylvania.

Chaminade Julienne men’s and women’s crew team student-athletes compete as members of the Dayton Boat Club under the direction of coaches Mike and Trish Miles.

After verbally committing to play basketball at St. Bonaventure University in February, senior Emily Michael made it official Tuesday, April 24 during a signing ceremony after school.

The sought-after three-point specialist will receive a full athletic grant to play guard for the Bonnies, the reigning 2012 Atlantic-10 Conference champions. MIchael intends to study management services at the Franciscan university in western New York.

“I really wanted to attend another Catholic school,” said Michael on choosing St. Bonaventure. She said the combination of the university’s strong, faith-filled academic reputation along with its quality women’s basketball program equally factored in to her decision.

Michael joins five fellow high school seniors who signed to play basketball for the NCAA Division I program, which enters the 2012-13 season coming off its first Sweet-16 appearance in school history under head coach Jim Crowley.

“Emily is a great addition to a class we are already very excited about," Crowley said in a release issued on the school’s Web site, gobonnies.com. "She is a good shooter, has a very solid basketball IQ and knows how to help her team find victories."

Throughout her span as a four-year varsity starter for the Eagles, Michael helped CJ amass a 75-24 record and four consecutive GGCL Grey North titles in those seasons. As a senior, she was named to the first team All-GGCL, the District 15 All-Star team, and set a school record for most 3-point field goals made in a single women’s varsity basketball game, sinking eight against Ponitz in the team’s second round tournament victory.

“I want to thank my family and my coaches for helping me get to where I am today and for supporting me along the way,” Michael said.