#NationalSigningDay: Fiona Rowan Signs to Shippensburg University to continue playing Basketball

Fiona Rowan signs her National Letter of Intent to Shippensburg University.

Bailey Bennett

Fiona Rowan signs her National Letter of Intent to Shippensburg University.

On February 6, Fiona Rowan signed her national letter of intent to play basketball at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.  She joins Ryan Leyh who signed for football to play for the Raiders.

Rowan has been playing basketball for ten years and has been a varsity basketball player since her freshman year. She has been a starter for the past two years and currently holds the record for most three pointers in a game, scoring eight against an undefeated Middletown team last year.

Rowan serves as captain on the basketball team and has helped the team win countless games.  Over Rowan’s career she has scored 753 points (and has several more games to reach 800). In addition,  Fiona plays for the Germantown Lady Panthers. In Rowan’s opinion, the combination of both has prepared her for college level ball.

Rowan had many college options, but after careful consideration she said, “I decided on what school I was going to go to attend based on the basketball program and the academics. I thought I’d fit in with the coaches and the team.”

Coach Easterday said, “Getting Fiona to make this decision was very difficult, but I know she made the right one.”

Academics are also important, and Rowan currently has a weighted 4.57 gpa and is thinking of studying in the medical field in college.

Rowan has achieved all county honors in basketball and soccer, something that isn’t easy for any athlete. “Not only is she successful on the basketball court but she excels on the soccer field,” said Easterday.

The Shippensburg women’s basketball team currently has a record of 11-12 for the 2018-2019 season. They are coached by Kristy Trn who is now in her 20th season as the head women’s basketball coach at Shippensburg. Rowan is excited to be working with a new coach. Rich Rowan, Fiona’s father said,  “She has a great coach and seems like a nice person and it looks like she will look after for her and knows what she’s doing on the basketball court and we’re excited for her.”