The Agnes Irwin community celebrated nine seniors this week who committed to continuing their sports at the collegiate level. Surrounded by coaches, teammates, family, and friends, the following seniors were recognized by Athletic Director Courtney Lubbe for their accomplishments in the classroom and determination in athletics:
- Annie Hepburn, United States Military Academy, lacrosse
- Juliana Jaskot, Boston College, crew
- Rose Lawrence, Drexel University, squash
- Kaitlyn Lees, Dartmouth College, golf
- Emma Macaione, Dartmouth College, lacrosse
- Ana Mashek, Colorado College, swimming
- Maria Pansini, Princeton University, lacrosse
- Grace Weise, Washington and Lee University, field hockey
- Lily Zelov, Cornell University, squash
Annie Hepburn will play lacrosse at the United States Military Academy. "Annie is a Varsity letter-winner in five different sports, and received the Agnes Irwin Blue Belt Award for Sportsmanship in 2017. She was named to the PASLA All-Academic team in 2017, and received the Bradford Fogarty Award for community service. Annie's accomplishments in lacrosse, in the classroom, and in community service make her a great recruit for Army," Lubbe said.
Juliana Jaskot will row for Boston College. "Juliana is a determined rower, diligent in her training, and has competed for the Fairmount Rowing Club and Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club," Lubbe said. "Her hard work and leadership skills make her an excellent addition to the Boston College lightweight crew team."
Rose Lawrence will play squash for Drexel University. "Rose is a multi-sport athlete and could have pursued rowing in college, but squash is her favorite sport," Lubbe said. "Rose was recognized by Merion Cricket Club with the President Cup for her demonstration of character and sportsmanship in squash and we are thrilled she will continue at Drexel next year."
Kaitlyn Lees has committed to playing golf at Dartmouth College. Lubbe said, "Kaitlyn has been a Varsity golfer at AIS since 7th grade, won the Inter-Ac Individual Golf Championship twice, and has been selected All Inter-Ac for the past five seasons. This past summer, Kaitlyn qualified for, and made the cut in, the U.S. Junior PGA Championship. Her contributions to the AIS golf program cannot be overstated."
Emma Macaione has committed to playing lacrosse at Dartmouth College. "Emma is a fierce defender on the lacrosse field, and brings athleticism and size to the team. Her contributions helped the team win the PAISAA title in 2015 and 2017 and the Inter-Ac championship in 2015 and 2016," Lubbe stated. "We can't wait to follow along with Emma as she heads to Dartmouth this fall."
Ana Mashek will swim for Colorado College. Lubbe said, "Ana is a versatile swimmer with a team-first approach. She has held school records in multiple events, including the 200 Medley Relay, the 400 Free Relay, and the 100 Backstroke. Ana helped Agnes Irwin achieve top-six team finishes at Easterns in 2015 and again in 2017. Colorado College is a great fit for Ana."
Maria Pansini heads to Princeton University to play lacrosse. "Maria has earned All Inter-Ac honors in both lacrosse and soccer at Agnes Irwin. A starter on the Varsity lacrosse squad since 8th grade, Maria is a two-way midfielder with a great stick and strong field sense, earned US Lacrosse All-America and Academic All-America honors in 2017." Lubbe said. "Her dedication in the classroom and on the field make her a great fit at Princeton University."
Grace Weise will play field hockey at Washington and Lee University. Lubbe said, "Grace has been a dependable field hockey player at AIS, successfully playing every position except goalkeeper. She was selected to the PhilaFH Senior All-Star game and named All Inter-Ac, All Delco, and All Main Line. A calm and composed leader by example, Grace's versatility will serve her well at Washington and Lee."
Lily Zelov heads to Cornell University for squash. "Lily is a strong squash player and all-around athlete who brings determination and intensity to the team. An All Inter-Ac selection for the past two seasons, and a US Squash Scholar Athlete for the past three, Lily has consistently been a top performer on the court and in the classroom," Lubbe stated.
These nine athletes join the six Agnes Irwin seniors who signed National Letters of Intent in November. Those students were:
- Alexandra Hark, Boston University, lacrosse
- Meredith Murphy, Bucknell University, lacrosse
- Brynn Smith, George Washington University, lacrosse
- Myka Thomas, Howard University, swimming
- Rajaa Wilcox, Howard University, softball
- Sydney Wolfington, Penn State University, lacrosse
Altogether, more than 20 percent of the Class of 2018 has verbally committed to college athletic programs.
Photo: Nine Agnes Irwin athletes celebrate college commitments. Image 1 Bottom row, left to right: Lily Zelov '18, Grace Weise '18, Kaitlyn Lees '18. Top row, left to right: Annie Hepburn '18, Rose Lawrence '18. Image 2 left to right: Maria Pansini '18, Emma Macaione '18, Ana Mashek '18, Juliana Jaskot '18.