Class of 2017 Red-Tailed Hawks Are Now…

Brown Bears, Huskies, Mavericks, Spartans, Varsity Blues


The girls of the Class of 2017 went to colleges and universities from the Buffalo region to California, from Boston to Canada to Florida and along with pursuing academics, many have met the challenge of becoming a student-athlete or a student-coach. On the water, on courses or on courts, former SEM students are busy balancing academics between practices and games.

Clare von Simson ’17 playing during the 2016-2017 SEM squash season.

Former SEM squash captain Isabelle Schlehr and teammate Clare von Simson have both continued to play squash in college. Isabelle plays for Northeastern and Clare plays for the University of Toronto. “I knew before coming to Northeastern that I wanted to play, but when I heard that the practices were 7-9 pm Monday through Thursday, I was not sure I could commit. I am extremely glad that I did,” said Isabelle.

Clare, on the other hand, was not certain she would join a team in college but once she got to U of T, she thought it would be a fun way to make friends. On the University of Toronto squash team, Clare is the only American. “It feels good to represent my country abroad,” she said. So far the team is having a successful season. They’ve won all their matches, and in November, they were the first U of T team to beat Queen’s University in six years. “I think that everyone should join a team when they get to college, whether it’s varsity or intramural,” she said. “It’s a great way to make friends and stay fit!”

Alison Gareis extended her SEM cross country and lacrosse careers at D’Youville College. She wanted to join a college team, it just depended on where she went and what division the team was. Next summer, Alison is partaking in a 4000+ mile run from San Francisco to Baltimore over 49 days. The run’s purpose is to raise awareness for cancer. “I found out about the 4K for cancer program after joining the cross country team and being a part of the team just happened to help in the process,” she said.

Samantha Burlow ’17 running for SEM at cross country meet in 2016.

Samantha Burlow has also continued playing lacrosse and running cross country for Medaille College. She said she has always wanted to participate in college athletics, no matter where she went. In the months of September and October, Sam was practicing for not one, but two teams while keeping up with school work. “I would be lying if I said it wasn’t difficult,” she said. “On Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays, I have to wake up by 4:45 am.”

Former School Government Association President Emily Broxup joined the lacrosse club team at Niagara University. She wanted to join a team in college to stay fit and maintain a routine. The club lacrosse team practices twice a week and has very few games. “College club sports are more of a social event and a chance to stay involved with the sport you loved in high school,” Emily said. “It’s a good chance to throw the ball around and meet people.”

Dabin Han ’17 during a fencing tournament during her senior year at SEM.

After Wes Roberts, the SEM fencing coach was deployed, Canisius student Olivia Miller ’17 and UB student Dabin Han ’17 stepped up to coach the team. And, Katie McClenahan made the varsity sailing team at Brown University, transitioning her skills from Lake Erie to the Atlantic Ocean!

Please Email Eva or Kacie if you are participating in college sports. We want to share your success!