Rae Oleshansky, six-year member and 2 time women's team captain of the Atomic Rowing announced on November 14th that she would be continue her rowing career next year at the University of Michigan on a rowing scholarship. Oleshansky is joining a strong recruiting class... (full story) of 11 student-athletes for the 2014-15 academic year. The incoming freshman class will include three recruits from the state of Connecticut, two from Pennsylvania and one athlete each from California, Iowa, Tennessee, Texas and Washington, as well as one from London, Ontario.
"We're really excited to welcome this group of student-athletes to the University of Michigan and Michigan Rowing," said University of Michigan rowing head coach Mark Rothstein. "This is a group of talented athletes, strong students, and most importantly, really good people. We're so excited to see these 11 young women thrive and grow at Michigan both as students and as athletes.
Mr. Morgan Shinliver, Assistant Principal of Bearden High School, made the announcement in front of assembled students at the school that Wednesday. Her parents, Deborah and David Oleshansky, and her coach, Evelyn Radford, accompanied Oleshansky.
Oleshansky, a senior at Bearden High School, is the president of the National Honor Society. She received inquiries from several universities, including Clemson, Duke, Louisville, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. Oleshansky chose Michigan because of its emphasis on academics as well as athletics.
Her athletic honors include rowing in the junior women’s 8+ at the Youth National Championships when she was in 7th grade and a silver medal rowing in the women’s intermediate 8+ at the 2013 Club National Championships.
"Rae is a great person, student and athlete. It has been a joy working with her and seeing her develop and earn the honors she has," remarked Atomic Rowing assistant coach Evelyn Radford. "She is the second female athlete from our program to select Michigan. I think she will represent us well there. It will be tough to replace her. I hope that her achievements show other young female athletes what our program is about and that other athletic opportunities exist for them."