Two Summit seniors sign to play lacrosse and row in college

Two Summit seniors sign to compete in college

Sydni Black, left, will play lacrosse at Loyola University Maryland. Rebecca Smith, right, will row for Stanford University.

Two seniors at The Summit Country Day School were recognized for advancing their academic and athletic careers to the collegiate level on Nov. 13 during a ceremony in St. Cecilia Hall.

Sydni Black, East Walnut Hills, will play lacrosse at Loyola University Maryland. Rebecca Smith, Hyde Park, will row for Stanford University.

In the last few years, Sydni has proven she is one of the best girls’ lacrosse players in Cincinnati, the region and the state. Last summer, she could call herself one of the best players in the nation when she achieved all-American status.

“Sydni has such an infectious personality,” Summit girls’ lacrosse head coach Jessica Burke said. “She makes everyone around her better. She makes her teammates want to play better and her coaches coach better. As her coach, she gives me an incredible sense of comfort because I know she will get the job done. Next year, her new teammates are gaining a valuable asset.” 

Last year, as a captain on the varsity team, Sydni helped lead the Silver Knights to a 17-2 record and an appearance in the regional final game.

Sydni plans on studying business in college.

A standout with the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club, Rebecca was drawing attention from multiple collegiate teams including Stanford. She will row for the Cardinal next fall.  

She will join the ranks of Summit alumnae Tara Franke ’19 and Caroline Kranz '16, as collegiate rowers. 

As a sophomore with the CJRC, Rebecca earned her way into the First Varsity 8+ and won gold at the Midwest Regional Championships. As a junior, she and her crew finished seventh at the USRowing Youth National Championships.

“Rebecca's competitive nature and commitment to our team have made her an extremely successful rower,” CJRC coach Andy Piepmeier said. “She works so hard and cares so deeply about our team. We are excited she is off to Stanford.”

Rebecca plans on studying human biology in college.