This week’s “Catholic Standard” profiles three seniors headed to Ivy League schools to play goalie in their respective sport: Gianna Meloni ’17 (ice hockey, Yale), Grace Rotondo ’17 (lacrosse, Harvard), and Grace Brightbill ’17 (field hockey, Princeton).
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Ice hockey goalie Gianna Meloni ’17 started skating at age 2 and playing hockey at 3, inspired by her older brothers. She played club hockey outside of school and also co-founded Georgetown Visitation’s Ice Cubs club ice hockey team. She recently earned a District of Columbia State Athletic Association Student-Athlete Scholarship for her outstanding academic and athletic achievements—just one of 15 scholar-athletes in the city to receive this honor.
Gianna says that Visitation’s adage “Be who you are and be that well” rings true to her. On 35th Street, she told the “Catholic Standard,” “I figured out who I wanted to be.” At Yale next year, she hopes to follow her passions for writing and English (affinities fueled by Visitation’s outstanding English program) and to someday play for the new women’s pro ice hockey league.
Grace Rotondo ’17 took up lacrosse in third grade—and after falling in love with the goalie position began working with a D1 coach to hone her skills. She is a U.S. Lacrosse All-American player and competed for the U.S. team in an international festival in the U.K.
In her “Catholic Standard” interview, Grace said that her greatest takeaway from Visitation was learning how to lead. “Lacrosse has given me an opportunity to be a leader on the field, and off the field as well,” she told the reporter.
As a Neuroscience student at Visitation, Grace has had an opportunity to learn about the brain and says it fascinates her. She wants to continue these studies at Harvard next year, possibly going into medicine someday.
In fourth grade, Grace Brightbill ’17 made her foray into field hockey and eventually assumed the goalie role. She began working with a college coach to refine her technique.
Grace has continued to hone her athletic and leadership skills on both the school’s team and her club squad, captaining both. She has also been on the under-17 Junior National Team.
At Princeton, Grace notes that she may study public and international affairs—and knows that the time management skills she developed at Visitation will be a tremendous asset to her as she continues to balance schoolwork and sports.