CYA U19: Katelynn Russ
CYA is proud to announce that U19 Assistant Captain, Katelynn Russ has committed to play Division 1 Hockey at Union College. Union is located in Schenectady, NY and plays in the ECAC Hockey Conference. The Dutchwoman, who play their games on campus at the Achilles Center, are coached by Head Coach Claudia Asano Barcomb who is in her 9th season behind the bench.
“Russ is the perfect example of what a Student Athlete truly means,” commented Cimba. “It’s hard enough trying to crack a D1 program, but knowing exactly what you want to study and finding out that there are only a handful of D1 schools who offer that program and never bending on the importance school means to you, is the ultimate definition of a student athlete,” Katelynn’s career with CYA has been filled with Medals. Winning the Gold Medal at the National Championship at U14 and then the Silver at U16. “Russ brings a level of smarts to the game that you really can’t teach. Her understanding of the game, the way she sees the ice and her work ethic both on and off the ice is what makes her so Special,” Cimba went on to say. “I can’t wait to see her compete at the next level”.
“It definitely was a long road, but the end prize was so worth the wait,” said Katelynn. “I want to thank CYA for helping me to understand what it takes, not just in the game of Hockey, but also what it’s going to take to be a success at whatever I choose to do. I also want to say thank you to all my teammates for their support during this journey and pushing me to be my best every day at the rink. When things got hard they always had my back and never let me give up on my dream.” Katelynn commented. “Most importantly I want to thank my parents. You both made sure I kept my academic goals in first position at all times and I couldn’t have done this without your support and understanding.”
Katelynn wants to see one more Medal on her mantel before she leaves for College. CYA is gearing up for another run at the National Championship.