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College Athletes Return to Campus to Share Insights with Students

On December 20, nine Visitation graduates who went on to play sports in college returned to their alma mater to answer questions about competing at the collegiate level. From recruiting to team bonding to balancing sports and academics, the graduates shared their challenges and successes with interested Visitation students.

A testament to the breadth of Visitation's athletic program, the school's academic rigor and the strength of the college counseling team, the nine alums play eight different sports and hail from nine different top schools:

  • Gabby Bilotta '10 - Bates College, crew
  • Rose Lichtenfels '10 - Trinity College, crew
  • Lydia Miller '10 - University of Pennsylvania, lacrosse
  • Kate Gillespie '12 - College of the Holy Cross, basketball
  • Kelsey Tillman '12 - Vanderbilt University, soccer
  • Bridie Burke '14  - East Carolina University, swimming
  • Emily Kaplan '15 - Yale University, cross country/track
  • Lauren Martin '16 - University of Virginia, lacrosse
  • Grace Brightbill '17 - Princeton University, field hockey

They fielded a wide range of questions on topics including: choosing the right school; the recruiting process; balancing academics and a travel schedule; the social life of a college athlete; Division 1 vs. Division 3; questions to ask; and how Visitation prepares students to succeed.

The well-attended panel discussion was organized by Assistant Director of Athletics Amy Devere, Director of Athletics Zeff Yusof, and College Counselor Belva Duke.

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