WHEELING, WV, Sept. 22, 2011 -- Wheeling Jesuit University will induct two new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame at a 10 a.m. brunch, Saturday, Oct. 1. The ceremony, held in the Alma Grace McDonough Center, is part of the annual fall homecoming celebration.
Hall of Fame honorees include:
• Jennifer Grabski Hitchcock
, a 2001 graduate and women's swimming seven-time NCAA All-American, first NCAA Swimming All-American in WJU history, and still holds multiple WJU records.
• Neil Holloway
, a 2001 graduate and men's soccer NCAA Division II All-American, two-time NCAA Regional All-American, four-time First Team WVIAC All-Conference and WVIAC Player of the Year.
Hitchcock came to Wheeling Jesuit from Cleveland, Ohio where she graduated from Magnificat High School and was a member of the Wheeling Jesuit women’s swimming program from 1997-2001.
As a Cardinal, Hitchcock was an all-conference champion in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle events for Jesuit at the Penn-Ohio and Blue Grass Mountain Conference Championships. She earned these titles during the 1997, 1998 and 2000 seasons. In addition, Hitchcock was honored as the Swimmer of the Year for the Penn-Ohio Championships for the 1997 and 1998 seasons. She also held several conference and pool records during her tenure at Wheeling Jesuit.
Nationally, Hitchcock became the school’s first female NCAA Swimming All-American, a total of seven times. Her best meet came in 1998 when she earned 5th in the 100 Free, 5th in the 200 Free, and 4th in the 500 Free. She finished in 7th place in the 100 free at the Junior Nationals for USA Swimming in 1998. To this day, Hitchcock still holds school records in the 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 Freestyle events.
She graduated from Wheeling Jesuit with a bachelor of arts in Political Science in May of 2001 and earned a master's in education at George Mason University in May of 2007.
Hitchcock resides in Springfield, Va. with her husband Blake and three children, Kyla Grace (5), Ian Raif (3) and Kellen Davies (10 months).
Holloway came to Wheeling Jesuit from Reading, England, where he played soccer in his hometown for the Reading Football Club.
Holloway was a member of the Cardinal soccer team from 1997 – 2001, where he earned WVIAC All-Conference honors all four years. He helped lead the Cardinals to the WVIAC Regular Season Championship in 2000 and 2001, while securing the WVIAC Player of the Year award in 2001.
In 2000, the Cardinals posted an 18-0-0 regular season record and won the NCAA Regional Championship. Holloway received Regional All-American honors that season and received a second Regional All-American award in 2000, along with, the NCAA Division II All-American recognition.
He graduated from Wheeling Jesuit with a bachelor of science in Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Management in 2002. Upon graduation, Holloway played professionally, 2002-2005, for the South Jersey Barons (NJ) in the United Soccer Leagues. In 2003, he was named general manager of the franchise and retired from playing in 2005.
Holloway resides in Ocean View, N.J. with his wife Joanne.
In addition to the Hall of Fame inductions, the athletic department will honor the inaugural 1965 Wheeling College Rugby Club Team and the 2002 Championship Swimming Team.
In 1965, Charles Davis ’68 and Robert Wolfensperger ’68 organized a rugby team. Some 30 students joined and competed against teams like, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Columbia, and Penn State which created an enormous amount of school spirit.
The 2002 Cardinal Swim Team will also be recognized during the Hall of Fame ceremony. The Bluegrass Mountain and WVIAC Championship team ended the 2002 season with a 9-3 overall record. Matthew Houllier was named Swimmer of the Year while head coach Rick West was named Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year. In addition, this team produced several national qualifiers and All-Americans.
Established in 1987 to honor former student-athletes, coaches or other members of the Wheeling Jesuit community who have made significant contributions to the success of the WJU athletic programs, the Cardinal Athletic Hall of Fame will number 73 members after these additions.
For more information or to make reservations for the Hall of Fame brunch, please contact Erin Ball, athletics department administrative assistant, at 304-243-2053 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A global leader in academic excellence, undergraduate research and service learning, Wheeling Jesuit University is ranked in the top 10 percent of the nation's colleges by Forbes Magazine. One of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, Wheeling Jesuit has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top university for the past 15 years.
Wheeling Jesuit has 19 NCAA Division II athletic teams for men and women, claiming 59 championships and more than 45 Academic All-Americans.
The campus is home to the Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center, the Erma Ora Byrd Center for Educational Technologies, the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future, a Challenger Learning Center and the Clifford M. Lewis Appalachian Institute. For complete information, please visit www.wju.edu or call 1-800-624-6992.