Four Mount St. Mary Academy senior-athletes signed National Letters of Intent to continue their sports careers after graduation. The students were honored at a ceremony that highlighted their many accomplishments as Thunder athletes and in the classroom.

Rory Brouillard will become a member of the crew team at Duquesne University.

Rory joined the MSM crew team as a freshman rower, and as a sophomore she changed to a coxswain. In her four years, she’s had some great accomplishments, including placing 3rd at the New York State championships freshman year; placing 3rd again at the State championships after becoming the coxswain, placing 2nd at the Canadian Nationals, appearing at the United States championships and placing 5th at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta – all this during her sophomore year; in the summer of 2019, she placed first at the Philadelphia Youth Regatta as a member of the West Side Rowing Club summer team; and in fall of 2019 she appeared in the Head of the Charles Regatta. When COVID hit, eliminating the spring rowing season for MSM, Rory ran or biked at home every day to stay in shape and she’s continued to practice as allowed to this fall. In addition to her work on the crew team, Rory is the Business Manager of the Mount St. Mary Academy Band, is Co-Executive President of Student Council, runs her own small business through our Academy Scholars program and works part-time at Wegmans. Rory is excited to join the Duquesne Dukes and be part of the Atlantic 10 conference, where she plans to study Secondary Education and English.

Emily Fischer will become a member of the lacrosse team at D’Youville College.

Emily is a three-sport (soon to be four-sport) varsity athlete at Mount St. Mary. She is a four-year member of the MSM volleyball, basketball and lacrosse teams – and plans to add varsity indoor track to her resume this winter. Her lacrosse career began as a freshman, when she tried out having never picked up a lacrosse stick. She scored 25 goals her freshman year and made the varsity team as a sophomore, learning much from teammate and High School All-American Lois Garlow. Emily, a midfielder, scored 15 goals during her sophomore season. The team went on to an undefeated season that year (2019), winning the Msgr. Martin League and Playoff titles and earning a spot in the first-ever NY State Catholic school championships for girls lacrosse. Emily was looking forward to a great junior year season, when COVID hit and the season was canceled. Emily has played club lacrosse and is eager to begin the spring season. Outside of athletics, she helps run her own award-winning virtual business as part of the MSM Academy Scholars program, volunteers at St. Amelia’s parish, and works part-time at John’s Pizza and Subs. She plans to study nursing at D’Youville College, with the goal of then becoming a physician assistant or a pediatrician.

Teagan Johnston will be rowing at The Ohio State University.

Teagan joined the MSM crew team as a freshman, and she hasn’t looked back. Highlights of her four years include winning the New York State championships as a freshman; placing second at Canadian Nationals and appearing at the US National championships in 2018; and earning a spot at the Head of the Charles Regatta junior year. Spring of junior year was not the season she expected, as COVID caused the cancelation of all team competition. Teagan used that time to focus on what she knew it would take to get the attention of college coaches: bringing down her 2k to a more competitive score for colleges. With the support of her coaches and their daily workout plans, she succeeded and ultimately decided to become a Buckeye. Teagan plans to study Elementary Education, with a focus on Special Education, at Ohio State. She’s said this inspiration for her career choice came from a special needs student she met in middle school – someone she’s continued to stay in touch with over the years. In addition to crew, Teagan played on the MSM JV softball team freshman and sophomore years and played travel softball for nine years. She is a member of our Academy Scholars program and holds a part-time job at Turn the Page Bookstore.

Kaitlin Zajac will join the crew team at Rutgers University.


Kaitlin’s career highlights as a four-year member of the MSM crew team include: winning a New York State championship as a freshman in 2017; earning two gold medals in the 2nd Varsity 4+ and 8+ boats sophomore year (2018), placing fifth at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta (2018); and earning a bid to the Head of the Charles Regatta junior year (2019), and placing in the top 5 at the Royal Canadian Henley as part of the West Side Rowing Club in the summer of 2019. She is excited to attend Big 10 Conference school Rutgers and plans to study Biochemistry and minor in Spanish and Economics. Her goal is to become a pharmaceutical research scientist. Kaitlin has challenged herself academically by taking 27 credits of college coursework this year. She’s a Mathlete, member of National Honor Society and Students Against Social Injustice club and holds a part time job at Pam’s Custard Corner.

“We could not be prouder of our four seniors – of their athletic and academic accomplishments, certainly, and for the way they have represented Mount St. Mary Academy in competition and in the community,” said Mount St. Mary Principal Katherine Spillman.

Director of Athletics, Sam Frank, noted that hard work, dedication and sportsmanship have always been vital to success in athletics, but this year – with COVID – our student-athletes have had to also be more resilient than ever before.

“Each of our athletes is moving on to complete at the collegiate level because she has pivoted and made a new plan for her success and her future,” Frank commented. “Each is being celebrated because she understood that in order to succeed, she must find a way to adapt to the new normal.”

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