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US Rowing invites Holliston’s Roy

KATY SALKA Softball all-star KATY SALKA
Softball all-star
By Marvin Pave
Globe Correspondent / May 13, 2010

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Catherine Roy of Holliston, a member of the women’s rowing team at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, has been selected to take part in the US Rowing organization’s freshman camp, to be held June 20-26 at the University of Iowa. Roy was one of 16 rowers, and the only New England collegian, to be invited.

“Catherine came to Holy Cross after great success with Community Rowing in Boston,’’ said Holy Cross head coach and director of rowing Patrick Diggins, a former rower at St. John’s High of Shrewsbury. “She quickly moved up to the six seat in the varsity eight and has already been a great contributor to the program.’’

The camp is for athletes with elite-level potential and aspirations, but who have only one or perhaps two years of rowing experience. The goal is to expose the athlete to the national team by training two to three times per day, row in all boat categories, learn technical and physiological basics, and train with athletes of a similar caliber, according to US Rowing.

Roy, a two-year member of the basketball team at Newton Country Day School, competed at Community Rowing Inc. for coach Ethan Curren. When Community Rowing won the US Club Nationals Points Trophy last year, Roy helped the junior eight and junior four to first-place finishes. She was also part of the varsity four crew that placed first in four out of six races last spring, and also competed at the US Club Nationals and Canadian Henley regatta in 2008 and last year.

At Wheaton, Salka wins league honors
Ayer High graduate Katy Salka earned second-team all-star honors in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference in softball this spring. The Wheaton College junior shortstop played all but four innings while hitting safely in 30 of 38 games.

In the field, Salka was among the conference leaders with 85 assists and also turned seven double plays. At the plate, she led the Lyons in batting with a .345 average as well as in hits, slugging percentage, and runs batted in. She had three homers and seven doubles.

“Katy showed tremendous improvement this year; she was the backbone of our infield. Her range and skill level at shortstop were an integral reason why our infield play was so much better than last year,’’ said head coach Rachael Powers, whose team was 20-18 overall. “Katy also proved to be a tough out, and her improved skills with both the bat and the glove carried us in both aspects of the game.’’

Salka played four years of softball, basketball, and volleyball at Ayer High. She was a Midland Wachusett League softball all-star and a member of Ayer’s D Division league championship team in 2006.

Dana Hall riders soar at nationals
Wellesley’s Dana Hall School, with several Upper School area riders leading the way, finished eighth among 20 teams at the recent Interscholastic Equestrian Association National Finals in Conyers, Ga.

Team members included sophomore Elizabeth Kenny of Wellesley, who was named the IEA Varsity Open National Champion after defeating the top nine riders in the nation. She was joined on the Upper School team by freshman Abigail Bertelson of Weston, who was fourth in the Upper School Horsemanship Test; senior Katherine Figueroa of Norfolk; and junior Leah Pagano of Wellesley, who took third place in the Varsity Intermediate Fences.

Haley Taft of Dover, one of three Dana Hall Middle School students competing individually, was national champion in the Future Beginner Division in her first National Final, and Rebecca Ohman of Ashland was second in the Middle School Horsemanship Test.

“Our team competes in one of the most competitive zones in the country,’’ said the director of Dana Hall’s riding center, Sarah Summers. “I couldn’t be more proud that our Upper and Middle School team won their regional finals, and that our Upper School team made it to nationals. Competing at nationals against the top teams in the country was a challenge, and we are very pleased with our eighth-place finish.’’

Here and there
Milford’s John Casey earned the 500th win of his 27-year career as Tufts University baseball coach when the Jumbos clinched their second New England Small College Athletic Conference title with a 6-1 win over Bowdoin on Sunday after noon. Tufts (31-5) secured an automatic bid to the NCAA Division 3 tournament. . . Jessica Gould, assistant director of athletics at Regis College in Weston, has been selected as the next director of athletics at Brookline’s Newbury College. She also served as assistant vice president of sports management for Special Olympics of Massachusetts. . . Sydney Malko, 11, of Shrewsbury, a student at Gymnastics Learning Center in her hometown, was the all-around winner against competitors from seven states at the recent USA Gymnastics Level 8 Regional Championship in North Andover. . . Wayland resident Tim Murphy, as Harvard University’s head football coach, will be among five colleagues visiting US military personnel overseas in the third annual USO/Morale Entertainment Coaches Tour. The trip, whose dates are being kept confidential, will include eight countries in nine days. Murphy and the other four coaches will be invited to a White House reception after they return from the tour.

Marvin Pave can be reached at marvin.pave@rcn.com or 508-820-4223.