Katie Dowty Adds Nine to Roster

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By: Charlotte Brackett

HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth women’s rugby head coach Katie Dowty has announced the addition of nine players to the roster as members of the Class of 2024.
Joining the Big Green are Nyah Cordero, Isabella Huschitt, Nicole Ihensekhien, Abby Kayser, Anjali Pant, Ava Procter, Abbey Savin, Hannah Sheehy and Aleemah Williams.
“This incoming class of 24s has already proven they have exactly the energy and attitude needed to tackle the uncertain year ahead,” Dowty said. “They bring a wealth of playing experience and a clear passion for the game. We cannot wait for the day they’ll be able to make their collegiate debuts. Alongside our veteran players, they could make a huge splash in the collegiate rugby world and they have a unique opportunity to keep honing their skills even further until that day comes!”
Name: Nyah Cordero
Hometown: Meridian, Idaho
High School: Rocky Mountain
Position: Center / Flanker
Accolades: Rugby Idaho State Champion 2018 (15s) … Rocky Mountain Challenge Man of the Match … West Ada Girl’s Fall 7s District Champion (2017) … West Ada Girl’s Fall 7s First Team All-District … captain … Key Club … National Honor Society … High Honors Graduate.
Intended Major: Film & media studies
Why I Chose Dartmouth: “When I visited Dartmouth, it didn’t feel like any of the schools I visited before. Instead of being surrounded by thousands of strangers, I was surrounded by a community of friends.”

Name: Isabella Huschitt
Hometown: Colgate, Wis.
High School: Divine Savior Holy Angels
Position: Prop / Lock
Accolades: First Honors … Rookie of the Year … Most Improved Forward … Greater Metro Conference Scholar-Athlete … National Rugby Championship (2019) … National Honor Society … Coaches’ Award … Scholar-Athlete Recognition … Three-Season Athlete Award (rugby, volleyball, basketball).
Intended Major: Biology or psychology
Why I Chose Dartmouth: “I chose Dartmouth because of the smaller school atmosphere and the excellent academics.”

Name: Nicole Ihensekhien
Hometown: Milton, Ontario
High School: Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary
Position: Lock / Number 8
Accolades: Four-year athlete in rugby, volleyball and basketball … Vanier Way Award … Grade 9 Most Promising Female Athlete … Junior Female Athlete of the Year. … four-time academic honor roll … Ontario Scholar.
Intended Major: Government
Why I Chose Dartmouth: “I chose Dartmouth because it felt like the perfect fit. The team made me feel at home and welcome. From academics to athletics, I love every single thing about Dartmouth, and I am super excited for my next four years here.”

Name: Abby Kayser
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.
High School: Divine Savior Holy Angels
Position: Center / Fullback
Accolades: Three-time letter winner … Wisconsin All-State Team … DSHA MVP … Wisconsin State Champion … Midwest Champion … Single School National Champion … First Honors … National Honor Society.
Intended Major: Chemistry
Why I Chose Dartmouth: “I chose Dartmouth because it was by far the best option to improve my present and future and achieve my personal goals.”

Name: Anjali Pant
Hometown: Osceola, Indiana
High School: Penn High School
Position: Scrumhalf / Wing
Accolades: All-American wrestler at Disney Duals … USA 15s High School All-American … State Championship Rugby MVP … Regional All-Star Midwest Thunderbirds.
Intended Major: Biology, minor in religion
Why I Chose Dartmouth: “I chose Dartmouth because of the amazing facilities afforded to the athletes and the welcoming community surrounding the school and specifically the rugby team!”

Name: Ava Procter
Hometown: Lake Oswego, Ore.
High School: Lakeridge
Position: Flanker / Center
Accolades: USA U18 Team … USA U18 backs captain … silver medal in the National Scholastic Art Awards.
Intended Major: Undecided
Why I Chose Dartmouth: “I chose Dartmouth for its amazing community and liberal arts education that allows me to pursue a broad range of interests!”

Name: Abbey Savin
Hometown: Temecula, Calif.
High School: Great Oak
Position: Flyhalf/ Center
Accolades: Eight-time letter winner in rugby and field hockey … field hockey captain … first team all-league … all-tournament … co-defensive player of the year Sunset League … scholar-athlete … USA 15s High School All-American … Cal State Games Female Athlete of the Year … Great Oak High School Teachers’ Choice International Baccalaureate Scholar Award recipient … GOHS Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year … Cum Laude Society … AP Scholar with Distinction.
Intended Major: Anthropology, minor in global health
Why I Chose Dartmouth: “I chose Dartmouth because I wanted to spend my college years surrounded by compassionate, intelligent, and collaborative students and faculty. Dartmouth’s community and environment, as well as its emphasis on the undergrad experience, made it my ideal home away from home.”

Name: Hannah Sheehy
Hometown: Kent, England
High School: Sevenoaks School
Position: Prop / Hooker
Accolades: Captain of boarding house … Kent County 15s and 7s champion … co-chair of Defunct Economics … Dressage Rider of the Year … rugby MVP … Rugby Teams Player’s Player.
Intended Major: Undecided
Why I Chose Dartmouth: “I chose Dartmouth because of the atmosphere. I love the kind and friendly culture that is ever present at Dartmouth.”

Name: Aleemah Williams
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: North Carolina Cyber Academy
Position: Hooker / Flanker
Accolades: NCYRU 7s state champion … Muslim Community Center of Charlotte Youth Diversity Leader … Muslim Youth Leadership Program advocate … host of ‘Podcast for Teens by Teens’ … Carolina Aviation Board Student Advisor … Dean’s List … Matthews NC U10 Sharks coach.
Intended Major: Modified government and physics, minor in AAAS or public policy
Why I Chose Dartmouth: “I chose Dartmouth because of the beautiful snow, a community that fosters some of the brightest minds from around the world, and to be part of building a better future. The professors, coaches, staff, my peers, teammates – everyone’s amazing.”

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