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ABOUT VILLANOVA

Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Villanova, PA. 19085

Enrollment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,295

Founded . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1842

Nickname. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wildcats

Colors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blue & White

Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Colonial Athletic Association

Affiliation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NCAA Division I

VILLANOVA ADMINISTRATION

President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rev. Edmund J. Dobbin, O.S.A.

Director of Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vince Nicastro

Senior Associate AD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dave White

Senior Associate AD/External . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bob Steitz

Assoc. AD/Student Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mary Anne Dowling

Assoc. AD/Senior Women’s Administrator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lynn Tighe

Assistant Athletic Director/Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dean Kenefick

Assistant Athletic Director/Compliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rob Hagan, O.S.A.

Director of Facilities/ Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mick Keelan

Director of Administrative Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Donna Mulhern

Director of Block V Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Whitey Rigsby

Director of Media Relations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mike Sheridan

Director of Sports Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lenny Currier

Athletic Business Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Brian Murray

Travel Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jennifer Brotschul

Director of Villanova Sports Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chris Heck

Academic Support/Faculty Representative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dan Regan

Associate Director/Academic Support. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nancy White

Head Athletic Trainer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jeff Pierce

Associate Trainer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dan Jarvis

Assistant to the Athletic Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Steve Pinone

Equipment Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mike Maerten

MEDIA RELATIONS

Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800 Lancaster Avenue

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Villanova, PA 19085

Telephone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(610) 519-4120

Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(610) 519-7323

Assistant Athletic Director/Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dean Kenefick

Director of Media Relations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mike Sheridan

Assistant Media Relations Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jonathan Gust

Media Relations Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chris Graziano

Media Relations Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Alison Hischak

Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Leslie McNamee

Women’s Rowing Contact . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Alison Hischak

Hischak Email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .alison.hischak@villanova.edu

Hischak Office Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(610) 519-5927

Hischak Home Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(570) 760-1526

The 2003–04 Women’s Rowing Media Guide is published by the Villanova

Media Relations Department, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085.

It was written, edited and designed by Alison Hischak. Photography by

Jerry Millevoi and AIC Photo (Enrique Mendoza). It was printed by MultiAd ®

Sports, Peoria, Ill.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Villanova Quick Facts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Villanova Coaching Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-3

2003–04 Roster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

2004 Season Outlook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

Women’s Rowing Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-10

In England, Villanova Shines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11-12

2003–04 Year in Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

Villanova Rowing History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-18

2004 Team Photo / Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

A Glimpse of Villanova . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20

VILLANOVA ROWING QUICK FACTS

Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Villanova, Pa.

Enrollment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6,295

Founded . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1842

Nickname . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Wildcats

Colors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Blue and White

Affiliation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .NCAA Division I

Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Independent

Head Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jack St. Clair

Years at Villanova . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 years

Assistant Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Brian Burke

Assistant Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Matthew Kelly

Assistant Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mairin Flanagan

Coach’s Office Telephone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(610) 519-4568

Coach’s email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .jack.stclair@villanova.edu

Dean Kenefick Mike Sheridan Jonathan Gust

Chris Graziano Alison Hischak Leslie McNamee

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The 2004 season marks the 11th year for Jack St. Clair as head

coach of the Villanova Women’s Rowing Program. Before taking

over the women’s program, St. Clair headed up the men’s

crew team at Villanova for six seasons. He took a leave of absence

in 1993, but returned in 1995 to assume the reins of the Wildcat

women.

Since his return to Villanova, St. Clair has catapulted the

Wildcats to a number of titles including the Head of the Charles,

Head of the Schuylkill, San Diego Crew Classic, Dad Vail Regatta

and National Collegiate Championship. In 1998, the Villanova

Lightweights were ranked No. 1 in the country, giving Villanova its

first national championship.

In 1998, both lightweights and heavyweights posted numerous

victories throughout the season and competed in the prestigious

Henley Regatta in London, England.

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Head Coach Jack St. Clair

Head Coach Jack St. Clair~17th Season

A two-time United States National Team rower, St. Clair was

also a two-time member of the U.S. team that toured throughout

Europe. As a rower for the Vesper Boat Club, he competed in

England’s renowned Henley Regatta in 1974 and 1975, finishing in

second place for the Prince Phillip Goblet. St. Clair also won a silver

medal at the 1975 Pan Am Games and competed in the World

Rowing Championships in 1975 and 1977.

A native of Philadelphia, Pa., St. Clair received his bachelor of

science degree from Temple University, where he was a member

of the crew, track and cross country teams. He and his wife,

Christine, reside in Glenside, Pa., with their two daughters Lauren

(24) and Stephanie (21).

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY ROWING

UNDER JACK ST. CLAIR

• Led the Wildcats to three consecutive Dad Vail Regatta

Championships between 1997-99.

• Guided Villanova to its first national title, as the

Wildcats won the Lightweight Eight title at the IRA

Championships in 1998.

• Invited to the renowned Henley Regatta in London,

England, in 1998 and 2002.

• Led the Wildcats to a first-place finish in the Varsity

Lightweight Eight at the Champion International

Regatta in 1999.

• Helped Villanova finish in the top two at IRA’s in the

Lightweight Eight from 1997-2000.


Matthew Kelly

Assistant Coach

Matt Kelly returns to the Main Line for his fourth season as

an assistant woman’s rowing coach. Kelly helped guide

the Wildcats to strong finishes in the Knecht Cup, Murphy

Cup, and the Dad Vail Regatta in 2002.

Prior to his current coaching duties, Kelly was the head

rowing coach of Villanova’s men’s club team. Kelly also led the

1997 La Salle University women’s team to their first ever national

championship appearance as well as their first ever medal at

the Dad Vail Regatta while he served as head coach.

Kelly is a very experienced rower who has been involved

with the sport since 1986 when he began at the Penn AC

Rowing Association. Later moving on to row for St. Joseph’s

Prep and eventually Villanova University. While at Villanova,

Kelly was a member of the first boat from the University to race

at the IRA National Championship where the squad garnered

fifth place.

Mairin Flanagan

Assistant Coach

Assistant coach Mairin Flanagan is very familiar with the

Villanova women’s rowing program. Flanagan graduated in

2002 from Villanova where she was a pupil of head coach

Jack St. Clair for four seasons. Rowing at the Coxswain Light Four

positions for most of her career, Flanagan has had numerous successes

for the Blue and White. She was a member of top five

teams at the Belly of the Carnegie, the Dad Vail Regatta, the

Knecht Cup, and the Big East Championship.

Before arriving at Villanova, Flanagan graduated from

Gwynned Mercy Academy where she played basketball, lacrosse,

and soccer at the varsity level.

Assistant Coaches

Brian Burke

Assistant Coach

Assistant coach Brian Burke enters his sixth year with the

Wildcats looking to improve upon the impressive results of

the previous squads. In his first four years at Villanova,

Burke helped guide crews to medals at the Murphy Cup, Kerr

Cup, Big East Championships and Dad Vail Regatta.

Prior to his arrival on the Main Line, Burke spent one year

coaching the novice men at Bucknell University, winning titles at

the Murphy Cup, Patriot League Championships and Mid-Atlantic

Championships.

Burke began rowing in 1989 at Simsbury High School and

continued his rowing career through four years at Bucknell

University and Penn A.C. in Philadelphia. During that time, Burke

competed at the IRA National Championships and Henley Royal

Regatta, and medaled at numerous regattas including the

Champion International Collegiate Regatta, American Rowing

Championships, Canadian Henley and U.S. Nationals.

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2003–04 Roster

NAME YEAR HOMETOWN HIGH SCHOOL

Devon Albert Fr. Bettendorf, Iowa Bettendorf

Sandra Barbuti Sr. Manhasset, N.Y. St. Francis Prep

Christina Baumgardner So. Pittsburgh, Pa. Upper St. Clair

Patricia Bean Fr. Farmington, Maine Gould Academy

Emily Beck Jr. Franklin, Mass. Franklin

Kristen Behrens Jr. Glastonbury, Conn. Glastonbury

Sarah Callahan Jr. Canton, Mass. Notre Dame Academy

Ann Chuang Fr. Holmdel, N.J.

Maggie Connolly Sr./Cpt Portland, Maine Catherine McAuley

Dominique Davis Fr. Philadelphia, Pa. Philadelphia HS for Girls

Diana Drvostep Jr. Tulsa, Okla. Jenks

Meghan Farnoly So. Vineland, N.J. Holy Spirit

Jessica Fumanti So. Buffalo, N.Y. Nardin Academy

Kaidi Greiner Fr. Rochester, N.Y. Brighton

Lisa M. Guinivan Sr./Cpt Maytown, Pa. Donegal

Christina Gulacsy Fr. Sarasota, Fla. Cardinal Mooney

Marie Hobson Fr. Wayne, Pa. Radnor

Kelly Hoisington Sr./Cpt New Castle, Del. Saint Elizabeth

Molly Hottenstein Fr. Wyomissing, Pa. Wyomissing Area

Katie Jonaitis So. Wilmette, Ill. New Trier

Katie Krackenberger Jr. Skokie, Ill. Loyola

Michelle Lapp Jr. Pittsburgh, Pa. Sewickley Academy

Maria Lara GrSt. Caracas, Venezuela Kent School

Jen Longley Fr. Brigantine, N.J. Holy Spirit

Taylor Malloy So. Long Grove, Ill. Stevenson

Elena McDermott Fr. South Orange, N.J. Academy of St. Elizabeth

Ann Mitchell Sr./Cpt. Seattle, Wash. Bishop Blanchet

Meaghan O’Connor So. Arlington, Mass. Arlington Catholic

Nancy Olewnik So. Philadelphia, Pa. Philadelphia HS for Girls

Kim Paull Fr. Edison, N.J. Mount Saint Mary Academy

Lea Pineda Fr. Yardley, Pa. Conwell-Egan

Katie Polizzo Fr. East Northport, N.Y. St. Dominic’s

Steph Sano So. Williston Park, N.Y. Kellenberg Memorial

Kristen Stegeland Fr. West Orange, N.J Mt. St. Dominic Academy

Rebecca Stein Fr. Kenmore, Wash. Inglemoor

Kate Strand Jr. La Canada Flintridge, Calif. La Canada

Nora Townsend Jr. Medfield, Mass. The Bromfield School

Elysse Voyer So. Marblehead, Mass. Bishop Fenwick

Meg Walsh Jr. Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte Catholic

Joanna Weber Fr. Ocean City, N.J. Blair Academy

Beverly Wilson Fr. Moorestown, N.J. Moorestown

Kristin Youngkin Fr. Garden City, N.Y. Garden City

Head Coach: Jack St. Clair

Assistant Coach: Matthew Kelly

Assistant Coach: Brian Burke

Assistant Coach: Mairin Flanagan


The 2004 Villanova Women’s rowing spring season is bursting

with promise and potential. After spending the 2003 season

rebuilding the squad, the Wildcats set their expectations high and

completed one of the most successful fall seasons in recent team

history. They are looking to continue their success and further their

achievements on the water this spring.

Leading the way for Villanova will be the team’s senior members.

Lisa Guinivan and Maggie Connolly bring steady strength

to the varsity eight, while fellow classmates Kelly Hoisington,

Sandra Barbuti and Ann Mitchell will help push their teammates

to continue the long-standing tradition of excellence of Villanova’s

lightweight eight.

A solid junior class will add depth to the Wildcat program.

Newcomer Meg Walsh has proven her ability to become a dominant

force on the varsity squad after only half a season. The varsity

eight will also benefit from the experience of Michelle Lapp,

while the lightweight eight will continue to rely on the consistency

and talent of Diana Drvostep.

Sophomore standouts Christina Baumgardner, Nancy

Olewink and Elysse Voyer will be relied on greatly for the success

of the varsity eight.

Although old man winter may once again keep Villanova from

the Schuylkill in the early months of the year, the team will find

some of its first water time in sunny Winter Park, Fla. This will be

the time when the athletes begin to concentrate on finding the perfect

stroke while relying on the months of indoor training for

endurance and stamina. The coaches will push each athlete to

their limit in order to achieve the goals set at the beginning of the

season for the major spring competitions.

The racing season will commence with a series of dual races

and scrimmages. The Wildcats will face Rollins College, Florida

Tech and Central Florida during their spring break trip. Villanova’s

first home competition will feature local rival La Salle. These races

will be early indicators of the potential speed of Villanova’s squad.

Next on the schedule, the Wildcats will compete against many

of their East coast rivals at the Murphy Cup, which is sponsored

by Temple. Villanova has a long-standing history of success in this

regatta and will look to reclaim gold in the varsity eight.

The varsity eight will face their first major competition when the

crew heads west to compete in the San Diego

Crew Classic on April 3-4. Considered the “official”

start of the spring racing season, this will be

an opportunity for the Wildcats to race against

some of the top squads in the nation. This is the

regatta where crews set the standards for the

season, and a focused Villanova contingent is

eager to produce results on a national stage.

After this early portion of the season, the

Wildcats will know where they stand against

their competitors, with only a few short weeks to

perfect their lineups and synergy heading into

the final four weeks of the season.

The Knecht Cup, held in nearby Camden,

N.J., and the Big East Challenge fall on back-toback

weekends in late April, which will require

the Wildcats to dig deep in order to face some of

the toughest competition of the spring. In previous

seasons, both competitions have given

Villanova the opportunity to race against NCAA

nationally-ranked crews, while also trying to

2004 Season Outlook

improve its own ranking in the varsity eight. Along with the varsity

eight, the Villanova junior varsity eight, varsity four, and the novice

eight will look to contribute positive results to producing strong

team performance from top to bottom.

Rounding out the end of the season will be a fourth consecutive

trip to Syracuse, N.Y. to face the Orangewomen and

Massachusetts. Although a smaller regatta, this race presents

opportunity for the entire squad, as Syracuse is a perennial

national power, and UMass continues to be one of the Wildcats’

oldest rivals on the water. UMass and Syracuse are two of the

crews that Villanova needs to beat in order to achieve the ultimate

goal of being competitive on the national stage.

Finally, the season draws to a close the first weekend in May

with the largest collegiate regatta in the country – the Dad Vail.

This regatta is where the Wildcats hope their training and dedication

help them to compete at their best. The home course advantage

of the Schuylkill River and the large number of spectators

continue to make the Dad Vail Regatta an exciting venue for some

spectacular racing. The varsity eight is aiming for gold and all the

prestige and team points that come with it. The second varsity

eight, varsity four, and novice eight will also be looking to contribute

to the team point total, and will be crucial in bringing the

Jack and Nancy Seitz Women’s Point Trophy back to the Main

Line. A Villanova win at the Dad Vail will make it the Wildcats’ fifth

since becoming a varsity team in 1997.

After the Dad Vail, the Wildcats will travel to the ECAC Metro

Conference Championship in Worcester, Mass. Villanova, like

many other teams, will look to this regatta as a springboard for an

NCAA bid. Villanova participated in the regatta for the first time in

2002, when they took home a silver medal, and will be looking to

establish themselves within the top three finishers this year.

Beyond the Dad Vail and ECAC Championship regattas, both

the varsity and lightweight eights will have their sights set on the

national championships for their respective events. The varsity

eight will have to rely on the strength of its regular season performance

in hopes of receiving a bid to the NCAA Championships.

Meanwhile, the lightweights will focus their efforts toward the

national championships at the IRA Regatta, where their goal is a

return trip to the medal stand.

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Devon Albert

Freshman

Bettendorf, Iowa

Bettendorf

Sandra Barbuti

Senior

Manhasset, N.Y.

St. Francis Prep

Christina Baumgardner

Sophomore

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Upper St. Clair

Patricia Bean

Freshman

Farmington, Maine

Gould Academy

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Emily Beck

Junior

Franklin, Mass.

Franklin

Kristen Behrens

Junior

Glastonbury, Conn.

Glastonbury

Sarah Callahan

Junior

Canton, Mass.

Notre Dame Academy

Maggie Connolly

Senior

Portland, Maine

Catherine McAuley

Dominique Davis

Freshman

Philadelphia, Pa.

Philadelphia HS for Girls

Diana Drvostep

Junior

Tulsa, Okla.

Jenks


Meghan Farnoly

Sophomore

Vineland, N.J.

Holy Spirit

Jessica Fumanti

Sophomore

Buffalo, N.Y.

Nardin Academy

Kaidi Greiner

Freshman

Rochester, N.Y.

Brighton

Lisa Guinivan

Senior

Maytown, Pa.

Donegal

Christina Gulacsy

Freshman

Sarasota, Fla.

Cardinal Mooney

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Marie Hobson

Freshman

Wayne, Pa.

Radnor

Kelly Hoisington

Senior

New Castle, Del.

Saint Elizabeth

Molly Hottenstein

Freshman

Wyomissing, Pa.

Wyomissing Area

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Katie Jonaitis

Sophomore

Wilmette, Ill.

New Trier

Katie Krackenberger

Junior

Skokie, Ill.

Loyola

Michelle Lapp

Junior

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Sewickley Academy

Maria Lara

Graduate Student

Caracas, Venezuela

Kent School

Jennifer Longley

Freshman

Brigantine, N.J.

Holy Spirit

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Taylor Malloy

Sophomore

Long Grove, Ill.

Stevenson

Elena McDermott

Freshman

South Orange, N.J.

Academy of St. Elizabeth

Ann Mitchell

Senior

Seattle, Wash.

Bishop Blanchet

Meaghan O’Connor

Sophomore

Arlington, Mass.

Arlington Catholic

Nancy Olewnik

Sophomore

Philadelphia, Pa.

Philadelphia High School for Girls


Kim Paull

Freshman

Edison, N.J.

Mount Saint Mary Academy

Lea Pineda

Freshman

Yardley, Pa.

Conwell-Egan

Katie Polizzo

Freshman

East Northport, N.Y.

St. Dominic’s

Steph Sano

Sophomore

Williston Park, N.Y.

Kellenberg Memorial

Kristen Stegeland

Freshman

West Orange, N.J.

Mount St. Dominic Academy

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Rebecca Stein

Freshman

Kenmore, Wash.

Inglemoor

Kate Strand

Junior

La Canada Flintridge, Calif.

La Canada

Nora Townsend

Junior

Medfield, Mass.

The Bromfield School

Elysse Voyer

Sophomore

Marblehead, Mass.

Bishop Fenwick

Meg Walsh

Junior

Charlotte, N.C.

Charlotte Catholic

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Joanna Weber

Freshman

Ocean City, N.J.

Blair Academy

Beverly Wilson

Freshman

Moorestown, N.J.

Moorestown

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Kristin Youngkin

Freshman

Garden City, N.Y.

Garden City


I did it. The piece of paper I was holding in my hand proved

that I had graduated from Villanova University. While my

fellow graduates moved away to start their celebrations,

careers, or volunteer projects, I moved from my apartment

back into a freshman residence hall on South Camps. As I

unpacked a few bags on the bare tile of a fourth floor room

in Katharine Hall, I could not help but chuckle to myself.

Classes had ended, but I was still at Villanova, rowing twice

a day. Some might not see double practices every day as the

ideal way to spend the month after graduation, but to me,

there was a much greater goal at stake.

This goal began when I was a freshman on the women’s

rowing team. The goal was a trip to the river. No, I am not

talking about Kelly Drive and the Schuylkill. I am talking

about the Thames in England and the Women’s Henley

Regatta.

The rowing masters before me had said that to see Henley

is an honor, but to row in Henley is a dream. It is a dream

that many rowers have, but few are able to experience. For

a female collegiate rower, it is a dream that presents itself

only once every four years since NCAA regulations are designed

to keep programs with large budgets from gaining an unfair

recruiting advantage. For a high school student-athlete, the

chance to receive a free trip to row every year in Europe could

most certainly sway the college decision. The four-year wait

is not the only criteria; a crew must also be invited by the

Henley Regatta committee. At Henley in 1998, the Villanova

varsity women placed second in the College Eight Division

as well as second in the Cox College Four.

At the 2002 Dad Vail Regatta, we won the Jack and Nancy

Seitz Women’s Point Trophy with 21 points, which was the

fourth Dad Vail title in the Wildcats’ six varsity seasons. The

success of our rowing predecessors, plus our own success,

earned us an invitation to the “big dance” at Henley on June

22-23. My teammates and I were blessed that the rowing gods

had smiled kindly, but I had no idea how blessed I really was.

At London’s Heathrow Airport, jetlagged and exhausted

from our overnight flight from Newark, N.J., we piled into

Feature Story

In England, Villanova Shines in the Women’s Henley Regatta

by Greta Kropp - Class of 2002

vans and promptly fell asleep. When I awoke, our van was on

a bridge overlooking the river’s racecourse. I instantly pressed

my face to the glass like a child at a candy store window. I

had arrived. Henley-on-Thames. To the average person, it is

a storybook quaint English town lined with small shops and

pubs. To a rower, it is Mecca. For two weeks each summer,

this small town overflows with thousands of athletes and

spectators.

The Henley Regatta’s prestige is based on a long tradition

of excellence. The first Henley Royal Regatta was held in

1839. At the time, the regatta was strictly for men, until the

regatta committee added a separate race for women (this

year’s marked the 15th).

Up close, the river is intimidating. The English royalty, the

national champions and the Olympic medalists have given

the Thames an aura like no other river in the world.

The course is lined with giant floating wooden beams with

white poles sticking straight up into the sky. Viewed from the

bottom of the course, it looks like a giant white picket fence

has been placed in the river. Just looking at it made me glad

I was not the coxswain, which is the person who is in charge

of keeping the rowers together and steering the racing shell

safely down the course. It is a task many coxswains at Henley

find to be difficult because the wooden beams can prove to

be equally dangerous to both the crew’s equipment and the

rowers.

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Luckily, our team had a few days to become acquainted

with the Thames before we raced. We needed to adjust to the

different racing style of Europeans and of the Henley Regatta.

In the United States, races are 2,000 meters long and can

include up to seven boats racing simultaneously. At Henley,

due to a lack of space, the course is only 1,500 meters long

and just wide enough for two boats to race side-by-side. An

“eight” is the largest boat one can race; it is up to 58 feet

long and holds eight rowers and a coxswain.

When the first day of racing finally arrived, the whole team

was a bundle of nerves. The racing schedule is set up like the

NCAA basketball tournament with rankings and divisions.

Each team races one crew at a time (Villanova sent two squads).

If you win, you move on to the next crew. If you lose, you

pack up your stuff and go home.

Our reputation for being a strong crew had earned us a bye

in the first round. I had raced in hundreds of races before,

but nothing close to Henley. As we made our way to the

starting line, I felt the butterflies in my stomach. The great

thing about Henley from a spectator’s standpoint is that the

course is wide open and the shore is very close, which allows

for a clear view of the entire race. This fact also made the

crowd very loud and very intimidating.

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Feature Story

In its first race, Villanova’s “B” boat had drawn a tough

team and lost after giving the other crew a good fight.

An hour later, sitting at the starting line in the “A” boat,

we heard the announcer call out our name: “Villanova

University, representing the United States of America.”

Before we had time to catch our breath, the starting gun

went off and we were rowing down the course. Our boat

pulled ahead and went on to easily win our first race at

Henley, so we advanced to the second day.

The third round and quarterfinals for our eight went much

like our first race. Our nervousness diminished and our confidence

grew with each race. We kept winning until our boat

advanced to the semifinals. One more win, and we would be

racing for the gold. The only obstacle in our way was the

Dublin University Ladies. The gun went off, and we raced

with everything we had. I do not think I will ever forget

what it felt like when I heard our teammates, family, friends

and others cheering, “USA! USA! USA!” over and over as we

made our way down the course. Unfortunately, the Irish beat

us by about six feet (as it turns out, one of the closest races in

the competition).

Although we were disappointed, we rowed into the dock

after the race with our heads held high. We had come within

six feet of rowing in the collegiate finals at Henley, and we

had raced against some of the top collegiate crews in Europe.

It was only then, as I pulled my boat out of the water for

the last time as a Villanova athlete, that I realized how truly

blessed I was. The 5 a.m. daily practices year-round, the blisters

on my hands, and the countless social and extracurricular

sacrifices I had made did not seem to matter. I was able to

represent my country and my university at the Women’s

Henley Regatta. Although those last strokes on the Thames

will not be my last as a rower, I could not think of a better

way to end my collegiate rowing career at Villanova - except

for maybe taking home the gold.


The Wildcats kicked off the 2003 season at the San

Diego Crew Classic, where the Lightweight Eight turned in

a second-place finish.

At the Knecht Cup, Villanova posted top-five finishes in

five events, led by the Varsity Four that placed second in the

petite final.

The Lightweight Eight performed well again at the

Murphy Cup, racing to second, while the Second Varsity

Eight also finished second. The Lightweight Four and the

Varsity Four turned in fourth- and fifth-place finishes, respectively.

At the BIG EAST Challenge, the Varsity Eight posted the

best showing with a second in the petite final. Then in the

Orange Plus Cup, both Varsity Eights and the Novice Eight

placed third in their respective events.

Next up for the Wildcats was the Dad Vail Regatta, where

the Varsity Eight raced to a second-place spot in the grand

final, while the Second Varsity Eight came in second in the

petite final.

San Diego Crew Classic

Fourth – Cal Cup

Second – Collegiate Lightweight Eight

Knecht Cup

Fourth - Lightweight Four Petite Final

Second – Varsity Four Petite Final

Fifth - Lightweight Eight Grand Final

Fourth – Frosh/Novice Eight Grand Final

Fifth – Second Varsity Eight Grand Final

Murphy Cup

Second – Lightweight Eight

Fourth – Lightweight Four

Fifth – Varsity Four “A”

Second – Second Varsity Eight

BIG EAST Challenge

Sixth – Varsity Four Grand Final

Sixth – Novice Eight Grand Final

Sixth – Second Varsity Eight Grand Final

Second – Varsity Eight Petite Final

Orange Plus Cup

Third – Varsity Eight

Third – Second Varsity Eight

Fourth – Varsity Four

Third – Novice Eight

2003: Year In Review

2003 VILLANOVA TEAM RESULTS

The squad concluded the season at the ECAC Metro

Championships, where the Varsity Eight finished fifth in the

grand final.

ECAC Metro Championships

Fifth – Varsity Eight Grand Final

Second – Frosh/Novice

Fifth – Varsity Four

Eighth – Second Varsity Eight

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Villanova Rowing continued its success of past years in

2002 as coach Jack St. Clair led his team of talented rowers

to strong finishes in many of the elite competitions.

The rowing season began in South Carolina as Villanova

took on the Clemson Tigers in early season action. Both the

Varsity Eight and the Freshmen/Novice rowers finished

second to Clemson.

The Wildcats next headed to California to compete in the

San Diego Classic. In the Cal Cup Petite event, Villanova

finished in a strong third place as well as finishing in third

place in the Collegiate Lightweight Petite.

Villanova hosts the Villanova Classic every season and in

2002 the Wildcats took home fourth place in the Novice

Lightweight Eight, the Varsity Eight, and the Second Novice

Eight.

The Wildcats had a strong showing in the Murphy Cup

with the Varsity Lightweight Eight, Second Varsity Four, and

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Clemson Challenge

2nd - Frosh/Novice

2nd - Varsity

Villanova Invitational

4th - Frosh/Novice Lightweight Eight

4th - Second Frosh/Novice Eight

2nd - Frosh/Novice Eight

4th - Varsity Eight

3rd - Second Varsity Eight

Knecht Cup

4th - Frosh/Novice Lightweight Eight

3rd - Second Frosh/Novice Eight

6th - Varsity Eight

San Diego Crew Classic

3rd - Cal Cup Petite

3rd - Collegiate Lt Wt Petite

Henley Regatta (London, England)

Semifinals - Villanova “A” College Eight

Second Round - Villanova “B” College Eight

Villanova Rowing History: 2002

2002 VILLANOVA TEAM RESULTS

the Novice Eight all taking first place.

The Big East Championships saw the Wildcats finish in

seventh in overall points for the second year in a row. The

Varsity Eight and the Second Novice Eight finished in fourth

place at the Worcester, Mass. course.

Villanova once again competed in the Orange Crush Cup

in Syracuse, N.Y. and came away with third-place victories

in all events.

The prestigious Dad Vail was the next contest and the

Wildcats brought back to the Main Line an overall points

championship and the Jack and Nancy Seitz Trophy.

At the IRA, the Villanova rowers came in eighth place in

the Lightweight Eight and then set their eyes on the Henley

Regatta in London, England. The Henley Regatta is one of

the oldest events and the Villanova team came away with a

semifinal appearance to close 2002.

Murphy’s Cup

3rd - Varsity Four

1st - Frosh/Novice Eight

3rd - Varsity Eight

1st - Second Varsity Four

1st - Varsity Lightweight Eight

Big East Championship

4th - Varsity Eight

4th - Second Novice Eight

7th - Overall Points

Dad Vail Regatta

3rd - Frosh/Novice Lightweight Eight

3rd - Varsity Lightweight Eight

2nd - Varsity Heavyweight Eight

1st - Overall Points

IRA National Lightweight Championship

8th - Lightweight Eight

Orange Crush Cup

3rd - Varsity Eight

3rd - Varsity Four

3rd - Novice Eight

3rd - Second Novice Eight

3rd - Junior Varsity Eight


A Villanova Rowing program that has prospered in recent

years took another step forward as its young talent developed

throughout the 2001 rowing season.

The year opened with the Knecht Cup and Villanova

came through with a second-place finish in the Varsity Four.

Next up was the Villanova Invitational. The ‘Cats claimed

first place in four events, including the Varsity Four and the

Varsity Eight. In addition, coach Jack St. Clair’s unit was

fourth in the Lightweight Eight.

A long journey to San Diego brought the ‘Cats to the

prestigious San Diego Crew Classic. Villanova was entered

in two races and finished third in the Collegiate Lightweight

Grand Final.

Another significant point of the campaign was the first

Big East Championships, held in Worcester, Mass. Villanova

Villanova Invitational

1st - Varsity Four

1st - Frosh/Novice Four

1st - Second Frosh/Novice Four

1st - Varsity Eight

3rd - Frosh/Novice Four

4th - Lightweight Eight

Knecht Cup

2nd - Freshmen/Novice Lightweight Eight

2nd - Varsity Four

2nd - Second Frosh/Novice Eight

5th - Second Varsity Eight

4th - Frosh/Novice Eight

San Diego Crew Classic

3rd - Collegiate Lightweight Grand Final

7th - Jessop-Whittier Cup Grand Final

Villanova Rowing History: 2001

2001 VILLANOVA TEAM RESULTS

finished seventh overall in points at the championships.

A trip to Syracuse and the Orange Crush Cup was next

on the slate. Villanova took first in the Novice Four and second

in the Novice Eight while taking third place in both the

Varsity Four and Varsity Eight.

The Dad Vail Collegiate Championships Regatta is

always a high mark in the rowing season and in 2001 the

Wildcats produced another solid effort. Villanova was second

in overall points and third in the Varsity Eight.

The campaign concluded with the IRA Regatta in

Camden, N.J. The Wildcats closed out the season with a

fifth-place finish in the Varsity Lightweight Eight.

Big East Championship

- Varsity Lightweight Four

- Varsity Lightweight Eight

6th - Varsity Eight

2nd & 5th - Freshmen/Novice Four

8th - Second Varsity Eight Petite

7th - Overall Finish

Dad Vail Regatta

2nd - Overall Points

2nd - Women’s Points

3rd - Varsity Eight

1st - Freshmen/Novice Lightweight Eight

IRA National Lightweight Championship

5th - Varsity Lightweight Eight

Orange Crush Cup

1st - Novice Four

1st - Second Novice Eight

2nd - Novice Eight

3rd - Varsity Eight

3rd - Varsity Four

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The Wildcats roared into the new millennium with much

of the same success they experienced at the end of the

20th century.

At The Belly of the Carnegie, Villanova defeated

Princeton for the first time as a team, as well as in the

Freshman Novice Heavyweight Eight.

Later in the year, the Wildcats won the Lightweight Eight

for the fifth straight year at the Head of the Schuylkill

Regatta.

The 2000 season brought with it the greatest triumphs

Villanova had ever seen at the Big East Regatta. A thirdplace

finish at the Big East Regatta was the best-ever performance

for the Wildcats. In addition, the 2000 season

marked the first year that Villanova’s Varsity Heavyweight

Eight boat made the finals at the Big East, as it went on to

finish in second place.

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Belly of the Carnegie

Freshman Novice Race

1st - Lightweight Eight

4th - Heavyweight Eight

3rd - Overall Team Finish

*First time defeating Princeton as a team,

as well as in the Freshman Novice Heavyweight Eight

Princeton Chase

1st - Lightweight Eight

Head of the Schuylkill

1st - Lightweight Eight

*Won Lightweight Eight for 5th straight year.

Knecht Cup

5th - Freshmen/Novice Four

2nd - Second Lightweight Eight

1st - Lightweight Eight

5th - Second Varsity Eight

3rd - Varsity Eight

Villanova Rowing History: 2000

2000 VILLANOVA TEAM RESULTS

At the Dad Vail Championships, the ’Cats won the prestigious

Varsity Heavyweight Eight race for the second

straight season.

The Wildcats continued their storied dominance at the

IRA Championships. Villanova finished in the top two at

IRA’s in the Lightweight Eight since its inaugural year as a

varsity sport in 1997.

San Diego Crew Classic

4th - Collegiate Lightweight Grand Final

4th - Cal Cup Grand Final

Big East Championship

2nd - Varsity Lightweight Four

2nd - Varsity Lightweight Eight

2nd - Varsity Eight

2nd - Freshmen/Novice Four

3rd - Second Varsity Eight Petite

*3rd - Overall Finish

*Best-Ever Big East Finish

Dad Vail Regatta

T 2nd - Overall Points

T 2nd - Women’s Points

1st - Varsity Eight

5th - Freshmen/Novice Four

5th - Freshmen/Novice Lightweight Eight

6th - Lightweight Four

6th - Lightweight Eight

IRA National Lightweight Championship

2nd - Varsity Lightweight Eight


The 1999 campaign brought with it a number of milestones.

At the Head of the Charles Regatta, Villanova finished

in third place behind the U.S. and Canadian

National Teams. The Wildcats were the first Collegiate or

Club squad to cross the finish line.

Heading into the Dad Vail Regatta, Villanova was looking

for an unprecedented third-straight regatta title. The

Wildcats captured the race, and solidified their reputation

as a national powerhouse.

Following their “Dynasty at the Dad Vail,” Villanova won

the Varsity Lightweight Eight Championship at the

Champion International Collegiate Regatta. They would

wind down the season with a second-place finish, a narrow

loss to Princeton, at the IRA National Lightweight

Championships.

In just their third varsity season, the Wildcat rowing program

had already put together a list of milestones unlike

Belly of the Carnegie

Freshman Novice Race

14th - Women’s Eight A

25th - Women’s Eight B

Head of the Charles

3rd - Lightweight Eight

*Only behind U.S. & Canadian National team.

(First Collegiate or Club Crew)

Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

22nd - College Freshmen/Novice Eight A

31st - College Freshmen/Novice Eight B

34th - Four With Cox

1st - Lightweight Eight

21st - Championship Eights

Head of the Ohio

2nd - Lightweight Eight

6th - Lightweight Eight B

1st - Lightweight Four B

2nd - Lightweight Four A

Princeton Three-Mile Chase

2nd - Lightweight Eight

Knecht Cup

1st - Lightweight Eight

1st - Varsity Eight

1st - Freshmen/Novice Lightweight Eight

1st - Second Varsity Eight

3rd - Varsity Lightweight Four

4th - Freshmen/Novice Four

Villanova Rowing History: 1999

1999 VILLANOVA TEAM RESULTS

any. It also set the stage for even greater things to come as

Villanova entered the 21st century.

Murphy Cup

1st - Lightweight Eight

1st - Varsity Eight

1st - Second Varsity Eight

1st - Freshman Novice Eight

3rd - Novice Eight

3rd - Mixed Four

Dad Vail Regatta

Jack and Nancy Seitz Trophy - Overall Points

Jack Bratten - Women’s Points

1st - Varsity Heavyweight Eight

1st - JV Eight

2nd - Freshmen/Novice Eight

2nd - Freshmen/Novice Lightweight Eight

4th - Varsity Lightweight Eight

Champion International Collegiate Regatta

1st - Varsity Lightweight Eight

5th - Freshmen/Novice Eight

IRA National Lightweight Championship

2nd - Lightweight Eight

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In 1998, the Villanova rowing program accomplished in

one year what most programs wait decades to achieve. For

the second consecutive season, the Wildcats won the Jack

and Nancy Seitz Trophy (Overall Points) and the Jack

Bratten Trophy (Women’s Points) at the Dad Vail Regatta.

Winners at the Dad Vail included the Villanova Lightweight

Eight team, along with the Wildcats’ Lightweight Freshmen/

Novice Eight team.

A nationally-ranked Villanova squad then went to the IRA

National Lightweight Championships and emerged with a

first-place finish in the Lightweight Eight, claiming their firstever

national championship.

For their extraordinary performances, the Wildcats were

invited to the prestigious Henley Regatta in London,

England. Villanova continued its success overseas, recording

second-place finishes in both the College Eight and the

Cox College Four.

All-in-all, it was a storybook season for the Villanova

University women’s rowing program — a season that will go

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Villanova Invitational

1st - Freshmen/Novice Four

1st - Varsity Lightweight Eight

1st - Varsity Eight

1st - Second Freshmen/Novice Eight

1st - Freshmen/Novice Eight

1st - Second Varsity Eight

2nd - Freshmen/Novice Lightweight Eight

3rd - Varsity Four

San Diego Crew Classic

3rd - Collegiate Lightweight Grand Final

6th - Cal Cup Grand Final

Occoquan Sprints

1st - Freshmen/Novice Four

2nd - Freshmen/Novice Eight B

3rd - Freshmen/Novice Eight A

La Salle Invitational

1st - Varsity Eight

1st - Second Varsity Eight

3rd - Freshman/Novice Eight

5th - Freshman/Novice 3

Murphy Cup

1st - Varsity Eight

UMass

1st - Lightweight Four

1st - Varsity Four

3rd - Lightweight Eight

1st - Freshmen/Novice Four

Villanova Rowing History: 1998

1998 VILLANOVA TEAM RESULTS

down in the record books as one of the finest in the history

of Villanova Athletics.

Kerr Cup

1st - Varsity Eight

6th - Varsity Four

1st - Second Varsity Eight

2nd - Freshmen/Novice Four

1st - Freshmen/Novice Eight

Big East Championships

5th - Varsity Eight

2nd - Varsity Lightweight Four

2nd - Second Varsity Eight

Bergen Cup

1st - Varsity Four

1st - Freshmen/Novice Four

1st - Freshmen/Novice Eight B

2nd - Freshmen/Novice Eight A

1st - Varsity Lightweight Eight

1st - Varsity Eight

Dad Vail Regatta

Jack & Nancy Seitz Trophy - Overall Points

Jack Bratten - Women’s Points

1st - Lightweight Eight

1st - Lightweight Freshmen/Novice Eight

2nd - Varsity Heavyweight Eight

2nd - Second Varsity Eight

IRA National Lightweight Championship

1st - Lightweight Eight

2nd - Open Eight Petite Final

Henley Regatta (London, England)

2nd Place Overall Finish - College Eight

2nd - Cox College Four


2003–04 Rowing Team

2004 SPRING SCHEDULE

Sat.-Fri. Mar. 1-5 Spring Training Winter Park, Fla.

Saturday Mar. 6 Rollins College Winter Park, Fla.

Saturday Mar. 27 Murphy Cup Philadelphia, Pa.

Sat.-Sun. Apr. 3-4 San Diego Crew Classic San Diego, Calif.

Saturday Apr. 17-18 Knecht Cup Camden, N.J.

Saturday Apr. 24 BIG EAST Championships Worcester, Mass.

Saturday May 1 Orange Crush Cup Syracuse, N.Y.

Fri.-Sat. May 7-8 Dad Vail Collegiate Championships Philadelphia, Pa.

Sunday May 9 ECAC Metro Championships Worcester, Mass.

Thurs.-Sat. June 3-5 National Lightweight Championships Camden, N.J.

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A Glimpse of Villanova

THE UNIVERSITY

Founded in 1842 by the priests and brothers of the Order of St.

Augustine, Villanova University is a comprehensive Roman Catholic

institution that welcomes students of all faiths. The University offers

a wide variety of degree programs through four colleges: the College

of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Commerce and Finance,

the College of Engineering and the College of Nursing.

A SOLID ACADEMIC REPUTATION

The oldest and largest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of

Pennsylvania, Villanova is one of 255 institutions — and one of 18

Catholic colleges and universities — in the nation to have a chapter of

Phi Beta Kappa, the prestigious national liberal arts honors society.

Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Villanova first in the

North for the 12th time.

THE STUDENTS

Today Villanova University maintains an average annual enrollment

of 10,275 including graduate and law school and part-time undergraduate

programs. The full-time undergraduate enrollment is 6,295.

The undergraduates come from 48 states plus Puerto Rico and 52 foreign

countries. Ninety-two percent of our first-year students ranked

in the top 30 of their high school classes.

THE FACULTY

Villanova’s 490 full-time faculty, 90 percent of whom hold the highest

degree in their field, teach classes that average 23 students. The

student/faculty ratio is 12:1.

THE CAMPUS

Located in a suburban community 12 miles west of Philadelphia, the

picturesque 254-acre campus features more than 60 buildings, including

a library with more than 800,000 volumes and over a million

microform items, a 12,000-seat stadium, and 27 residence halls.

THE EXPERIENCE

Villanova students may choose to study abroad for a summer, a

semester, or a year; compete on one or more of 11 men’s and 13

women’s sports teams at the NCAA Division I level (football is

Division I-AA); immerse themselves in Campus Ministry; and take

part in any of more than 130 registered student organizations.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

In 2001-2002, Villanova offered more than $4.8 million in meritbased

academic scholarships to prospective freshmen. Villanova also

offered over $17 million in need-based financial aid to prospective

freshmen through the Villanova Grant Program. This funding is provided

by the University and does not include federal, state, and/or private

assistance, which our students also receive.

ACCREDITATION

Villanova and its programs have received accreditation from the

Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the

AACSB/International Association for Management Education, the

American Chemical Society, the American Bar Association, the

Association of American Law Schools, the Pennsylvania State Board

of Nurse Examiners, the National League for Nursing Accreditation

Commission, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and

Technology, the National Catholic Education Association, and the

Computing Sciences Accreditation Board. Villanova is a member in

good standing of the National Association for College Admission

Counseling.

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ALUMNI

Villanova’s 77,000+ living alumni maintain close ties with the

University through a large network of alumni chapters and societies

which may be found throughout the U.S. and abroad.

ENROLLMENT

Admission to Villanova is very competitive. If you have a strong academic

background and a wide range of interests, and if you’re motivated

to contribute to the intellectual and spiritual environment of our

University community, then we encourage you to apply.

CLASS OF 2005 ADMISSION STATISTICS

Freshman applications received: 10,290 • Targeted freshman class

size: 1,590 • Percentage of accepted freshman applicants who ranked

in the top 10 percent of their high school class (where rank is given):

59 • Percentage of accepted freshman applicants who ranked in the

top 20 percent of their high school class: 83 • Percentage of accepted

freshman applicants who ranked in the top 30 percent of their high

school class: 92 • The middle 50 percent range of SAT I scores for the

typical accepted applicant was 1220-1350 • The GPA range for the

typical accepted applicant: 3.55-4.0.

OF THOSE WHO APPLIED

56 percent from public schools • 44 percent from private schools • 47

percent are men • 53 percent are women • 14 percent of freshmen

have alumni/alumnae affiliation.

Getting to Villanova

FROM NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND: Take the New

Jersey Turnpike to EXIT 6 (Pennsylvania Turnpike exit). Follow

the Pennsylvania Turnpike Westbound to EXIT 20 (formerly Exit

25A) for Mid-County Interchange/I-476 Interchange. Follow I-

476 South to EXIT 13 (Villanova/St. Davids). At the bottom of

the ramp turn right onto Route 30, also known as Lancaster

Avenue. Proceed East on Route 30 (Lancaster Avenue) for onehalf

mile and at the fourth parking lot you will see Villanova’s

main parking lot on the right. To reach the Main Gate entrance

turn left at the next light (Ithan Avenue) and follow to the second

drive on left, directly across from the Pavilion.

FROM THE WEST: Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike to EXIT

326 (formerly EXIT 24) for Valley Forge. Take I-76 (Schuylkill

Expressway) to EXIT 28-A (I-476 South/Chester). Take I-476

South to EXIT 13 (Villanova/ St. Davids). At the bottom of the

ramp turn right onto Route 30 East, also known as Lancaster

Avenue Proceed East on Route 30 (Lancaster Avenue) for onehalf

mile and at the fourth traffic light you will see Villanova’s

main parking lot on the right. To reach the Main Gate entrance

turn left at the next light (Ithan Avenue) and follow to the second

drive on left, directly across from the Pavilion.

FROM THE SOUTH: Take I-95 North to EXIT 7 (I-476

North/Plymouth Meeting). Take I-476 North to EXIT 13

(Villanova/St. Davids). Proceed East on Route 30 (Lancaster

Avenue) for one-half mile and at the fourth traffic light you will

see Villanova’s main parking lot on the right. To reach the Main

Gate entrance turn left at the next light (Ithan Avenue) and follow

to the second drive on left, directly across from the Pavilion.

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