Shannon Tierney has committed to Duke University


Coach Info
Name Phone Email Team Name City State
Club Ted Sobolewski Mercer Juniors (U19) Princeton/Casperson Rowing Center NJ
High School Coach Stephanie Guilmet
Varsity Times
Best Time Location Weather Second Best Time Location Weather
Varsity Four 2,000m 7:30.0 MidAtlantics - 5/11/14 MidAtlantic Regional Regatta for national qualifying - 1st in heat, 1st in semis and 1st overall - - -
distance erg
500m 2km 5km 6km 10km HMAR MAR
Best Time (mm:ss.s) - 7:28.7 - - - - -
Physical Attributes
Bench Press (max) Wingspan Years rowing
- 74 4
Rowing Honors

Note: I am equally successful and comfortable rowing both Port and Starboard.

Mercer Sprints 1st (2012,) Mercer Sprints 2nd (2013,) Mercer Sprints 1st in heat, 2nd overall (2014), MAPLS 1st (2013,) 1st (2014,) MidAtlantic 2nd (2013,) 1st (2014) Stotesbury Semi-finalists (2013) and Grand Finals (2014), US Jr Nationals 6th best time 2014, Elected Team Captain 2014-2015, Academic All MAPLs Spring 2014, Rowing with PNRA Summer 2014 - Independence Day Regatta, Philly Youth Regatta

-Crew Team Captain for 2014-2015 season
-2014 MAPLs 5/3/14 Varsity 4+ (1st Boat) Won
-2014 MidAtlantics 5/10-5/11/14 Varsity 4+ (1st Boat) 1st place in heat, 1st place in Semifinals, 1st place Overall (7:30)
-2014 Stotesbury Grand Finalist
-2014 Attending Nationals in CA in June = 6th best time in event
-Recognized as Academic ALL MAPLs Spring 2014

Rowing Additional

Note: Blair Academy rows in 4's and I am in the first Varsity 4+


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High School
Blair Academy
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Guidance Counselor
Mr. Lewis Stival
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Major Category
Clinical Child Psychology
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Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
Other Academic Information
GPA: 5.2/6.0 unweighted Senior Courses: - AP Language, AP Calculus, AP Psychology, Honors Spanish IV, Epidemiology
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Personal Highlights

- Blair Academy Varsity Rower Team (Captain 2014-2015)
- 2014 finishes include:
* Won 1st boat MAPLs
* Mercer Sprints 1st in heat, 2nd overall
* MidAtlantics 1st in heat, 1st in semis, 1st overal qualifying for Nationals
* Stotesbury Grand Finalist
* Junior Nationals finished with top 6 time

- Attended Junior National I.D. Camp March, 2014 Boston Mass., invited to Development Program
- Attended Princeton Rowing Camp 2012, 2013, 2014- including winter erg training
- Academic All MAPL Spring 2014
- Elected Captain 2014-2015 season
- Summer 2014 rowing with Mercer Junior (U19) Competing at Independence Day Regatta, Philly Youth Regatta

Overall Athletics
- Blair Crew Team Captain 2014-2015
- Blair Academy Varisty Tennis (Fall,
- Blair Academy Squash (Winter-undefeated)
- Blair Academy pre-season weight training/erging (Fall/Winter)
- Competitive Sailor with BBYRA (Summer)
- Dancer (Including Summer Intensive with Radio City Rockettes, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet Company, ABT)

Community Focus
- Member of Blair 'Community Service Club'
- Blair 'Blue and White/Key Club' (Campus Tours, Re-visit Day, Student Ambassador)
- Blair Academy 'Quilts for Homeless Children'
- Participated in a variety of Blair events for local children with special needs
- Volunteer at Camp Nejeda: helped to upgrade/restore facilities for campers with diabetes
- Worked on making blankets for the Blair trip to Kenya

Other Interests
- Photography (portfolio available)
- Dance ( worked with The Radio City Rockettes, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet Company, ABT - The American Ballet Theater)

Additional Questions:
Why do you want to be recruited to play sports in college?
Athletes are often leaders on and off the field. Please provide one example of how you have demonstrated leadership in both areas.

I am the second child of four and the oldest girl. My brother is going to be a sophomore at Yale (he rows as well) and my younger sisters are 13 and 7. Each day is ripe with opportunities for me to be a positive leader to my younger siblings (and honestly sometimes to my brother!) I immediately see my actions and words mirrored back to me by my littlest sister, Emily. Being a role model at home has translated to life with my team and classmates. Though my friends would describe me as a fun friend, they would also say that they always count on me - whether to explain a challenging trig problem or to analyze our stroke rate from a race. I am very proud and honored that my peers elected me crew team captain for the upcoming season. I am looking forward to continuing to share my love of rowing with our new freshmen while motivating my other team mates to achieve their personal best.

Please explain how you pursue "healthy athletic performance" as a student-athlete.

I have been an athlete since I was barely 3 years old. My first 'athletic' experience came with a pair of beautiful, soft, pink ballet slippers. Little did I know that the rigor of dance would someday set the stage for me to excell at the sport I now love... rowing.

Dance involves consistent, unwavering discipline. There are no vacations from training. There are no days off for sore muscles. A dancer perserveres but also understands the signals from our bodies. This training has helped me as a teenage athlete as I am very in-tune with my body. I know when, and more importantly how, to push myself without injury. I know when to moderate my routine and how to care for my self.

The art of dance has provided the foundation for me to be a successful rower. Listening to my body and knowing how to push myself to be the best in a healthy way has been a wonderful skill.

Please describe how you are involved in service in your community and why these efforts are important to you.
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