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ROW | Saint Mary's Signs Five For 2018-19

Clockwise from top left: Elizabeth Blue, Olivia Pells, Reilly Schindler, Keyshana Luscombe-Shockley and Kayla Mahoney.
Clockwise from top left: Elizabeth Blue, Olivia Pells, Reilly Schindler, Keyshana Luscombe-Shockley and Kayla Mahoney.
Feb. 9, 2018

MORAGA, Calif. — The Saint Mary's women's rowing program announced five new talented rowers to join the 2018-19 season. 

Keyshana Luscombe-Shockley - Leopold, Australia
Club: Corio Bay Rowing Club

Honors/Highlights: Rowed at the Australian Rowing Nationals in 2015 and 2017… Selected as Rowing Victoria Women's Pathway Eight/Australia Junior Women's Eight reserve who will compete at the Junior World Championships in Lithuania 2017 ... Selected for Victorian Women's Junior Coxless Four 2017 to trial for the Australian team for the Junior World Championships in Lithuania

Pytlak on Luscombe-Shockley: “We are so excited that Keyshana chose to become a Gael. Keyshana comes from a very talented family, her father was a pro basketball player in Australia, and she is definitely carrying on the family tradition of excellence in athletics. In addition to her rowing capabilities, Keyshana is a quiet leader in the best way- she works hard, has a great attitude and loves to compete. She has just scratched the surface of her rowing accomplishments and we can’t wait for her to join the team in the fall.”

Reilly Schindler - Norfolk, Va
Club: Bishop Sullivan Club

Rowing Honors/Highlights: Awarded Most Improved Rower High School Crew Team Sophomore Year ... Finished 1st place in 2016 WN4 Tidewater Conference Independent Schools Championships, 2017 Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints in Alexandria, Va.- Junior Lightweight 20 Min Row … 1st Place 2017 Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints in Alexandria, Va. - Junior 17 Lightweight 2000M … Awarded 2017 High School Crew Team MVP

Other Honors/Highlights: Qualified for State Championship swim meet every year of high school… Competed in three triathlons ... Finished 2nd Overall Female in the Dai Roberts Group in Virginia Beach Charleston triathlon in 2017… Finished 4th Overall Female in the Rock Hall Triathlon … Finished 1st in the 19&U and 8th place overall female out of 600 plus competitors in the New Jersey State Triathlon … Completed in the US Coast Guard Safe Boating Course and is certified in Red Cross lifeguard training

Pytlak on Schindler: “Reilly is a competitor. Whatever sport it may be: swimming, triathlons and now rowing. Reilly wants to win. The more I got to know her the more I knew that she belongs at Saint Mary’s. I am really looking forward to adding her competitive energy and enthusiastic personality to our roster. Reilly is going to be a major contributor on the team next year.”

Kayla Mahoney - Roswell, Ga.
Club: Saint Andrew’s Rowing Club

Honors/Highlights: Awarded Most Improved 2014-2015 … Finished 4th in the C finals in the 4x USRowing Junior Nationals … Qualified for the lightweight 2x USRowing Junior Nationals in 2015

Pytlak on Mahoney: “Kayla has everything we are looking for in a great teammate. She is always positive and has the attitude that lifts anyone around her up. She has a great take on what it means to be competitive and I am excited to see how fast she gets in the coming year.”

Olivia Pells - Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Club: Bainbridge Island Rowing Club

Honors/Highlights: Competed in the 2016 Northwest Regional Championships and finished 3rd … Finished 4th place at 2017 Northwest Regional Championships in the varsity four … Awarded the Presidential Service Award for volunteering and was an AP Scholar

Pytlak on Pells: “From the moment we first met Olivia, we knew she belonged at Saint Mary’s. Olivia is not only an exceptional student, she is an extremely determined athlete. She knows what she wants and she will do what it takes to achieve her goals. Olivia has a great attitude and we can’t wait for her to join us in the fall.”

Elizabeth Blue - Shoreline, Wash.
Club: Pocock Rowing Club

Honors/Highlights: Finished 16th at USRowing Junior Nationals in the Women's lightweight 8+ … Finished 1st at the Northwest Regionals in the 3V 8+ … Was a two-year team captain … Honored as a four-year member of National Honors Society and Vice President of Shorewood DECA chapter

Pytlak on Blue: “Elizabeth is a leader both on and off the water. She is an excellent student as well as a dedicated oarswoman. As a two year team captain she understands the work it takes to make a team great and I know she will add a lot to our team with her thoughtful perspective.”


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