Two more Ursuline athletes will soon be college athletes.
Joanna Leitch (tennis) and Mackenzie Harrod (rowing) signed with Austin College and University of Central Florida, respectively, on Wednesday, April 17.
For Joanna, the accomplishment is one of many lately. She was named the TAPPS District 2 Champion in late March and went on to finish third at state. Joanna topped familiar foe, John Paul II's Amy Gill, in three sets (3-6, 7-5, 6-3) at districts.
"Playing in college has always been my dream," said Leitch, who has played tennis since she was 9. "I love playing tennis. I'm dedicated, and I'm a power player. You can definitely get your aggression out by hitting the ball hard."
Mackenzie loves her sport just as much. She's been on the Dallas United men's team since she was a freshman. She is one of two females on the team.
"The guys tease us, but they know we can handle it," Harrod said. It's only made me tougher as an athlete. We've raced all over the country. We raced in Canada during the summer. We've also raced in San Diego and New Jersey."
She moved to the coxswain position after an injury her sophomore year.
"I steer the boat and make all our race plans," Harrod said. "The boat glides on the water, and that perfect stroke is always going to be worth it."
Joanna loved Austin College as soon as she set foot on campus. She plans to study sports management.
"I loved the tennis team and the size of the classes," she said.
Mackenzie calls UCF her "perfect fit." She plans to study Environmental Engineering.
"It's a huge school, but it's able to feel so small," she said. "I want to work on conservation."