– Saint Ursula Academy is proud to announce the seniors who participated in a college athletic signing ceremony on Thursday, April 12, 2018 to announce their intent to play college sports.
Maggie Breitenstein of Green Township, daughter of Sue and Bob Breitenstein, has committed to Division 1 University of Cincinnati for Cross Country and Track and Field.
Katie Miller of Loveland, daughter of Dan and Mary Beth Miller, has committed to Division 1 University of Dayton for Cross Country and Track and Field.
Caroline Wells of Anderson Twp., daughter of Kurt and Carol Wells, has committed to Division 1 Jacksonville University for Rowing.
Maggie Breitenstein heads to the University of Cincinnati in the fall for Cross Country and Track and Field. Maggie is a four year Varsity member of the Saint Ursula Academy Cross Country Team and the Varsity Track Team.
She has many accomplishments as a Bulldog. Maggie ran the 6th fastest 5K time in SUA history in 18.59. During the fall 2017 season, she completed nine 5K’s under 20 minutes! She is Team Captain of the 2018 Track and Field Team and was team captain of the 2017 Cross Country Team. She earned the Coaches Award in 2017, the Rookie Award in 2014 and was name Athlete of the Week at Saint Ursula in 2016 and 2017.
In the GGCL, Maggie finished in 3rd place in Cross Country in 2017 and finished in 8th place in the 800M run in 2016.
Other notable awards include making the 2017 Ohio Girls Cross Country First Team and finishing 4th Place at Districts. She earned a 2017 Ohio Girls Cross Country State Tournament Participation Award, where she finished in 79th Place. In 2016, she earned an Ohio Girls Cross Country Honorable Mention.
She competed on Team Ohio and finished in 1st Place in the Mid-East Championship Race against Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan in 2016. In Ohio Girls Track in 2017, Maggie finished in 1st Place at Districts in the 4x800M Relay, 3rd Place in the 4x400M Run, and 4th Place in the 800M Run.
In 2016, she came in 2nd Place in 800M Run and 2nd Place in the 4x800M Relay at Districts. She went on to finish in 8th Place in the 800M Run at Regionals.
In 2015, she came in 5th Place in the 3200M Run at Districts.
Maggie is well-rounded and active in school as well. Maggie is a four year member of Student Council. She is a three year member of the National Honor Society. She served as a Peer Advisory Leader (PAL) one year and as a member of the Girls Athletic Association (GAA) all four years. Maggie founded of the SUA Triathlon Club this year (2018.) She has participated in Magnified Giving for two years and has played the piano for 14 years!
Her Saint Ursula Academy Coach, Dan Bird, said “Maggie is a captain and team leader. She has competed at the State level in Cross Country. She is one of the reasons that this team is a family. Maggie always has a lot of fun at whatever she does. She is very approachable and helps make our team to be the family we strive to be!”
Katie Miller heads to the University of Dayton in the fall for Cross Country and Track and Field. Katie is a four year Varsity member of the Saint Ursula Academy Cross Country Team and the Varsity Track Team.
At Saint Ursula Academy, Katie earned the 2015 Cross Country Coaches Award. In 2017, she earned the Track and Field Coaches award and was named team captain. In 2018, she is Cross Country team captain. In a big accomplishment for 2018, Katie set a new school record in the 400m indoor.
In the GGCL, Katie earned a 2014 Cross Country honorable mention. She was named to the 2015 Cross Country 2nd team GGCL, the 2016 Track and Field 2nd team GGCL, the 2016 Cross Country 2nd team GGCL, 2017 Track and Field 2nd team GGCL, and earned a 2017 Cross Country GGCL honorable mention.
In 2015 and 2016, Katie was named cross country All City Division 1 Honorable Mention.
In school, Katie was selected to represent Saint Ursula Academy as a student Ambassador. She is a member of Students for Advancement, National Honor Society, and the Girls Athletic Association. She is also a member of the Classics Club and Best Foot Forward (BFF) Club.
Her Saint Ursula Academy Coach, Dan Bird, said “Katie is a 4 year varsity runner and also a captain. She is a true leader on the team. Katie has faced a few challenges with her running and has become a better runner and even more so, a better person. Katie is definitely a terrific role model for her teammates at SUA!” Katie and Maggie have been best friends since freshman year. They are inseparable. They challenge each other to be successful and would not be the person they are today without one another's friendship. They are a wonderful compliment to each other!
Caroline Wells has committed to row at Jacksonville University in the fall, where she was also accepted into the Honors Program.
Caroline started her years at Saint Ursula Academy as a soccer player. She played on the SUA Blue team in 2014 where she was team MVP and the leading scorer. Also that year, Caroline played for Kings Hammer Red team. Her club team was State Champion in 2014 as well as Regional League Champions. She was team manager for the Varsity team in 2016 and played soccer until she suffered her second ACL injury at the end of the 2016 season. She joined the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club (CJRC) for the 2017 season and found great success.
In 2017, her rowing team finished in first place in The Hoover Regatta and in the Midwest Championships. In the 2017 Head of Ohio Regatta, Caroline’s team finished in 2nd place, and finished first in the Blake Haxton Regatta. Her team also place first out of 80 boats in the 2017 Head of the Hooch Regatta.
Caroline is very active in several clubs and student outreach at Saint Ursula. She is a member of the National Honor Society. She is a member of the Fitness Club, the Big Surprise service organization, Students for Advancement, the Food and Nutrition Club and the Ski Club. She is also active with the Tie Dye Club, Life Club and was a member of the Student Outreach Services (SOS) Rookie Club.
In her community, she is a Girls on the Run student leader. She volunteers for swimming with special needs children at the YMCA. She serves at Immaculate Heart of Mary as a PReP/Sunday School aide. She also volunteers for the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) 4th/5th grade boys’ basketball and is a Special Olympics (soccer) volunteer.
Caroline’s rowing coach, Andy Piepmeier, said this, “Caroline started rowing just over a year ago, but has become an important part of our team. She has earned the respect of her teammates and coaches by being a fierce competitor and a good friend. Her athleticism and quiet confidence has helped her become a strong rower competing in our First Varsity Eight, and earning a gold medal at the Head of the Hooch in November, defeating over 70 other crews. She continued to establish herself at the top of our team through the winter conditioning, and I am excited to see her compete this spring. I'll be rooting for her next year at Jacksonville, but will miss coaching her.”
Saint Ursula Academy is a Catholic, college-preparatory, secondary school for young women known for academic excellence and rich tradition. Saint Ursula welcomes students from more than 90 grade schools in the Greater Cincinnati area. The Academy is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School. The campus, located at 1339 E. McMillan Street in East Walnut Hills has been the home of St. Ursula Academy and Convent since 1910. The Class of 2017 earned college scholarships totaling more than $21-million.