Greenwich High

Greenwich High School holds ceremony honoring its Division I-bound athletes

Contributed photo: From left to right: Gianluca Bianchi, Sean Cowie, Belle Bordier, Sophia Neitzell and Whitaker Grover, all Greenwich High School seniors, were honored recently at Greenwich High for their commitment to play collegiate sports at the Division I level.

Five Greenwich High School senior student-athletes, representing five different sports, were honored with a special ceremony for their commitment to play their respective sport at the Division I level.

The talented group of five student-athletes that were honored Wednesday at Greenwich High’s Media Center were Gianluca Bianchi, Belle Bordier, Sean Cowie, Whitaker Grover and Sophia Neitzell.

Bianchi will soon compete for the men’s track and field team for Princeton University’s Division I program. Bianchi was a member of Greenwich’s spring 1600-meter medley relay team that earned All-American honors at the New Balance Nationals Outdoors last year with a fifth-place finish.

At the 2022 State Open, Bianchi finished third in the 300-meter dash, posting a time of 35.98 seconds. This winter, Bianchi has continued to excel for the Cardinals’ winter/indoor track team. Yesterday’s FCIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in New Haven saw Bianchi win the gold medal in the 300-meter dash in an FCIAC record time of 35.41 seconds for the Cardinals, who won the FCIAC team title.

He also ran on Greenwich’s 4 x 200-meter relay with teammates Caleb You, Cameron Williams and Harrison Goldenberg at yesterday’s FCIAC Championships. The foursome won the FCIAC title in the event in 1:33.06. Also at yesterday’s FCIAC Championships, Bianchi, Williams, Antonio Ciccarelli and Goldenberg set an FCIAC record in winning the 4 x 400-meter relay in 3:29.

Bordier, who has competed and honed her rowing skills for Greenwich Crew for several years, is headed to the University of Southern California, where she will join the school’s Division I crew program.

While competing for Greenwich Crew, Bordier has enjoyed a lot of success. She participated in the US Rowing Youth National Championships in Florida last year. Bordier’s Varsity 8+ boat turned in an impressive second place finish at the US Rowing Youth National Championships.

She also tested her rowing skills at the US Rowing Northeast Youth Championships in Massachusetts for Greenwich Crew. This past fall season, Bordier competed in several regattas for Greenwich Crew, one of which was the Head of the Charles Regatta in which the program made a strong showing.

Cowie was a long snapper on the Greenwich football team, which captured the CIAC Class LL state championship tournament this past fall. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Cowie was a standout long snapper throughout the season and will continue his football career as a long snapper for Bryant College’s Division I program.

The Cardinals’ extra point and field goal kicking operation, with Cowie and senior placekicker Sergot Boone flourished all season, with Cowie providing on target snaps to the holder.

Cowie, also an offensive lineman and linebacker, also showed his long snapping skills on Greenwich’s punts. He will soon be snapping as Bryant College in the fall.

Grover has produced an outstanding diving career at Greenwich High. He won the 1-meter diving title at the 2022 State Open Championships with a score of 565.25, a score that also earned him National Swim Coaches Association All-America Team honors.

Grover also claimed the gold medal at the CIAC Class LL Diving Championships, amassing 536.05 points.

In the midst of another sensational season on the diving board, Grover should once again, be one of the premier performers in the FCIAC, Class LL and State Open Diving Championships, which takes place next month.

Neitzell will take her lacrosse talent to the United States Naval Academy. After providing plenty of production for the Cardinals in 2022, Neitzell, who served as one of the team’s captains, will be relied upon to help lead the squad once again, this spring.

A midfielder, Neitzell, was one of the Cardinals’ main scorers and playmakers in 2022, helping spark the squad to a winning season. Her excellent junior season earned her USA Lacrosse All-State Team accolades.

Neitzell, who is also a draw specialist, was an All-FCIAC Second Team Selection last season. She played on the CONNY Under Armour Lacrosse Team in 2020 and was a member of the 2021 American Select Lacrosse Team.

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