Division 1 dreams become reality

Senior Christie Huchro practicing on the squash courts.
Courtesy of Christie Huchro '14

Senior Christie Huchro practicing on the squash courts. Courtesy of Christie Huchro ’14

Senior Christie Huchro practicing on the squash courts  Courtesy of Christie Huchro '14
Senior Christie Huchro practicing on the squash courts
Courtesy of Christie Huchro ’14

While some leave their athletic careers behind when they enter college, Convent of the Sacred Heart seniors Mo Leitner and Christie Huchro will be playing their respective sports at a Division 1 level. This fall, Mo will be joining the University of Pennsylvania‘s lacrosse team, while Christie will be joining Stanford University’s squash team.
“I really love squash and didn’t want to stop playing after high school so playing in college seemed like the next logical step,” Christie said.
Christie will be joining her older sister, Ally Huchro, who also plays squash for Stanford.
D1 teams can practice up to 25 hours a week and train throughout the year. Although Mo and Christie anticipate a demanding schedule, they look forward to learning from their experiences.
“The jump from high school to college lacrosse is a big jump in general, let alone a challenging D1 program. I am excited about this pressure because it will force me to challenge myself,”  Mo said.
Mo takes a shot in a varsity lacrosse game against Choate 16 April. Courtesy of Mrs. Rose Leitner
Mo takes a shot in a varsity lacrosse game against Choate April 16.
Courtesy of Mrs. Rose Leitner

Several generations of Mo’s family have played college level lacrosse. Her father and older sister Emily both played at University of Pennsylvania, her sister Sarah played at Georgetown University, and her brother played at Dickinson College.
“Seeing my dad and my siblings have unforgettable experiences with lacrosse in college made me want to make my own memories,” Mo said.
Both girls eagerly anticipate experiencing the college athletic lifestyle and beginning the season with their new teammates.
“I’m most excited about the actual team. When I visited Stanford in the fall, the team was so welcoming and nice. I can’t wait to join them next year and win some matches,” Christie said. 
– Jessica Johnson, Co-Opinions Editor