April 23, 2014
University of Minnesota head women’s rowing coach Wendy Davis announced Wednesday that Dani Janczak (Waukesha, Wis.), Ally Sterneman (Zimmerman, Minn.) and Libby Swanhorst (Lakeville, Minn.) have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to join the Golden Gophers beginning with the 2014-15 season.
Janczak earned varsity letters in basketball and track and field at Kettle Moraine High School, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She earned a spot on the honor roll all four years of her prep career and has participated in jazz ensembles, concert bands, symphonic band, pep band and wind symphony while playing the trombone.
“Minnesota has a wide range of academic and scholastic opportunities to choose from,” Janczak said. “It is a large University setting which allows me to better enrich my college experience. By being a Gopher, I will be able to participate in a highly-competitive environment that will challenge and push me to my limits.”
Sterneman earned varsity letters in swimming, Nordic skiing and track and field at Zimmerman High School under coaches Luke Johnston, Kritsen Anderson and Jenelle Leblanc, respectively, and was also a letterwinner with the LINK crew team. As a member of the swimming team, she earned all-conference honors in 2013 and was an academic state champion in 2010.
A member of the National Honor Society, Sterneman received outstanding academic achievement awards in track and field and DECA in 2011 and 2012, and also earned academic gold standards in swimming and Nordic skiing from 2010-13.
“Minnesota is my home state. Though I wasn’t born here, I have spent most of my life here and I love it,” Sterneman said. “The University of Minnesota is the best college in the state and the perfect fit for me.”
A four-year letterwinner in basketball at Lakeville South High School under head coach Angie Iverson-Ohnstad, Swanhorst was named to the South Suburban Academic All-Conference Team and earned an academic achievement award. Swanhorst also earned two letters in DECA, was a DECA State Qualifier and was honored with a class academic award.
Swanhorst was named to the USJN Basketball All-Tournament Team in Indiana and made the AAU Nation Qualifier.
“Being a Gopher means receiving a world-class education on a vibrant campus with excellent athletic teams,” Swanhorst said. “I’ve always wanted to attend a big college that has excellent academics and athletics, and staying close to home was very important to me. I found all of those qualities in the University of Minnesota.”
The trio joins Bee Lovick (Melbourne, Australia) and Joyce Jollands (Adelaide, Australia), who signed in November, as part of Davis’ recruiting class.
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