Three local rowers heading to Saint Joseph's, Oklahoma and George Mason - Sports

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Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013 10:30 pm | Updated: 12:13 am, Tue Jan 29, 2013.

Three area high school seniors - Anjelica Grebenschikoff of Atlantic City, Nicasia D'Allesandro of Egg Harbor Township and Sally Widmann of Holy Spirit - will continue their crew careers with NCAA Division I programs.

All have signed national letters of intent and will receive partial scholarships.

Grebenschikoff will row for Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. D'Allesandro, a coxswain, will compete for the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Widmann will row for George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Grebenschikoff was a member of the Vikings' varsity quad last year. The 17-year-old Margate resident also visited Northeastern University in Boston and Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.

"I like the fact that Saint Joseph's is part of Boathouse Row," Grebenschikoff said. "The coach (Gerry Quinlan) was really nice and the team was awesome. I liked the school. I'll be a business major and they're a good business school. Also, I love Philly, and they're right there."

D'Allesandro was the coxswain on some big wins by the EHT girls lightweight four the last two years. She guided the lightweight boat to wins in the Garden State Scholastic Rowing Championships the last two years, and in the Philadelphia City Championships last year.

D'Allesandro also visited George Mason and and the University of Delaware.

"I visited Oklahoma first, and I basically knew I was going to go there," said D'Allesandro, a 17-year-old EHT resident. "I really liked the coaches, and it was a great atmosphere. They took me to a football game and it was really exciting. I know I'll get a good education there."

Widmann rowed in the Holy Spirit girls varsity eight and junior eight last year. She also visited Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and San Diego State University.

"I really liked the (George Mason) campus, which is right outside of Washington, D.C.," said Widmann, 17, of Brigantine. "It was gorgeous. The team made me feel right at home.

"I had other visits scheduled, but I cancelled them."

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