More Than a Dozen Student-Athletes Complete Study-Abroad Experiences

More Than a Dozen Student-Athletes Complete Study-Abroad Experiences

COLCHESTER, Vt. - A large contingent of Saint Michael's College students who studied away from campus in various corners of the world during the 2021-22 school year, thanks in large part due to the College's Study Abroad Office, were members of varsity athletic programs. Ten completed classic study abroad terms, five gained experience through a two-week, College-led "Shakespeare in Performance" class in England that began in May, and three more earned a Freeman Foundation International Internship that allowed them to be placed at companies in Seoul, South Korea, during the summer.


2021-22 Study-Abroad Student-Athletes


  • Rising senior Lucas Persechino (Clearwater, Fla./Countryside) - Buenos Aires, Argentina (summer) - struck out four batters in relief over 4.2 innings during two games
  • Rising junior Danny Rickert (Williston, Vt./Essex) - England class (summer) - scored a pair of runs and walked three times during two games, including one start

Men's Cross Country

  • Rising senior Will Coppola (Groveland, Mass./Pentucket Regional) - Prague, Czech Republic (spring) - among team's top two finishers at all six races, including winning the Vermont Intercollegiate Championship
  • May graduate James Downs (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) - England class (summer) - among team's top seven finishers at all six races, placing sixth overall at the Vermont Intercollegiate Championship
  • Rising senior Alex Frank (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) - Granada, Spain (spring) - among team's top six finishers at all six races, placing in the top three on four occasions
  • Rising senior Ethan Snook (Marblehead, Mass./Marblehead) - London, England (spring) - one of team's top nine finishers at four meets, including taking 11th overall at Vermont Intercollegiate Championship

Women's Cross Country

  • Rising senior Grace Erholtz (Baxter, Minn./Brainerd), also Nordic skiing - England class (summer) - ran in four varsity races, including placing 12th overall at Vermont Intercollegiate Championship

Men's Ice Hockey

  • Rising junior TJ Beaver (Enfield, N.H./Proctor Academy) - London, England (summer) - appeared in 12 games, posting one assist and blocking eight shots
  • Rising senior Paulius Macijauskas (Kėdainiai, Lithuania/Rice Memorial Prep) - Freeman Foundation International Internship in Seoul, South Korea (summer) - played eight games, totaling one assist and three blocks.

Women's Ice Hockey

  • Rising junior Mary Leys (Newport, R.I./Saint George's School) - England class (summer) - appeared in 25 games, scoring two goals and adding an assist

Women's Lacrosse

  • Rising senior Mackenzie Costello (Peterborough, N.H./ConVal Regional) - Florence, Italy (summer) - started 13 games on defense, totaling 14 ground balls and six caused turnovers
  • Rising senior Peyton Edwards (Avon, Conn./Avon) - Florence, Italy (summer) - saw time in 16 games, recording one goal, seven ground balls, five caused turnovers and three draw controls

Alpine Skiing

  • Rising junior Niko Selvaag (Snarøya, Norway/Dønski VGS) - Freeman Foundation International Internship in Seoul, South Korea (summer) - competed in a pair of NCAA qualifiers, one apiece for slalom and giant slalom

Nordic Skiing

Women's Soccer

  • Rising senior Aisha Navarrete (Pawlet, Vt./Burr and Burton Academy) - Zanzibar, Tanzania (spring) - did not make any appearances


  • Rising senior Sadie Pratt (Dighton, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth Regional) - Bali, Indonesia (summer) - turned in 14 hits, 12 runs, nine RBI and nine walks while appearing in 36 games, including 31 starts, between the middle infield and outfield

Women's Swimming & Diving

  • Rising senior Bella Amedio (Schenectady, N.Y./Albany Academy for Girls) - Copenhagen, Denmark (spring) - won four individual races and five relays during fall semester
  • Rising senior Marisa Butzirus (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) - Freeman Foundation International Internship in Seoul, South Korea (summer) - won five individual races and aided five victorious relays
  • Rising senior Rosemary Marr (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) - England class (summer) - appeared in one meet on the diving boards