Rowing Announces Four Signees in Early Signing Period

Dec. 6, 2011

Fall Signing Day 2011
Rowing Signees
Name Pos. Hometown
Hannah Arch ROW Lawrence, Kan.
Breeona Foster ROW

Pleasant Hill, Mo.

Casey Kelly ROW

Gladstone, Mo.

Briana Piña COX

Wichita, Kan.

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas rowing head coach Rob Catloth announced his fall signees Tuesday morning. He signed four athletes to National Letters of Intent: Casey Kelly, Briana Piña, Hannah Arch and Breeona Foster, who will attend the University of Kansas next fall and will be eligible to compete for the 2012-13 academic year.

Casey Kelly
Casey Kelly is the daughter of Priscilla and Patrick Kelly. Kelly is from Gladstone, Mo., and is currently attending Winnetonka High School. She has participated in volleyball all four years of high school and lettered two of them. Kelly is also a standout in the classroom, as she is a member of National Honor Society and a student ambassador.

She hopes to major in secondary math at the University of Kansas.

“We’re excited about her athletic potential,” Catloth said. “She’s very thrilled to be here and we’re thrilled to have her. She will provide some great depth to our novice program in her first year.”

Briana Piña
Briana Piña is the daughter of Amado and Teresa Piña. Piña is from Wichita, Kan., and is currently attending Goddard High School. She has participated in cross country and track & field during her high school career. Aside from sports, Piña is also a member of the National Honor Society. Although she will be new to the campus next fall, she is no stranger to the university as her father, Amado, and three cousins: Ali Isenberg, Steven Aleman and Vincent Rodriguez, each attended KU.

She plans to major in nursing at the University of Kansas.

“She is coming to us as a coxswain, and we are really impressed with the leadership that she has shown,” Catloth said. “We hope she will continue to use that leadership in the boat.”

Hannah Arch
Hannah Arch is a senior at Lawrence Free State High School. While attending Free State, she has been a three-year letterwinner on the swim team. She was named a team co-captain for her senior season. During her career, she has placed sixth at the league meet and sixth at the state competition.

“Hannah has good height and because of her swimming background it should be an easy transition to rowing,” Catloth said. “Swimming is a good change-over to rowing because they both have similar training.”

Breeona Foster
Breeona Foster is attending Pleasant Hill High School in Pleasant Hill, Mo. Foster is a two-time all-conference basketball player for Pleasant Hill, while helping her team to the state quarterfinals last season as a junior.

“She’s a really strong athlete who should make an impact very early on in her rowing career,” Catloth said on Foster’s potential.