Kaleigh’s rowing career began as a freshman and she quickly became an integral part of the Lourdes Crew program. The girls’ Varsity coach, Kim Kochem, remarked that “In addition to being an extremely hard worker, Kaleigh has an indomitable spirit and will who deserves every success she encounters.” Kaleigh is also an active member of Hudson River Rowing Association, and it was her recent opportunity to row at the prestigious Head of the Charles regatta in Boston that she attributes as one of many significant experiences she has had thus far in this sport.

Before making her decision to concentrate full time on rowing, Kaleigh was a two-year member of Lourdes field hockey, and today still participates in the National Honor Society, Youth Service Club, and competes on the Math Team. A scholar-athlete, she excels in the classroom and recently was named a commended student in the 2018 National Merit® Scholarship Program. Kaleigh’s family and friends, Lourdes Principal, Catherine Merryman, her OLL teammates along with OLL Varsity Crew Coach, Kim Kochem, Lourdes Athletic Director, Matt Pascale and numerous faculty members were all on hand for the signing to support and congratulate her. Kaleigh is also following in the footsteps of Lourdes grad, Kendall Balasiano ’12, who rowed for four years with Bucknell, graduating in 2016. Excited for this next step, Kaleigh comments, “I knew Bucknell would be the school when I met the team on my official visit there. Academically and athletically, it is a perfect fit.” Kaleigh plans to major in biomedical engineering.
 
We wish her much success in this next chapter!