Women's Rowing Recruiting / Pennsylvania / Gibsonia, PA / Pine-Richland High School / Kristen Vigna

Kristen Vigna '20 Recruiting Profile

Pine-Richland High SchoolGibsonia, PAWomen's Rowing
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Primary PositionOpen Weight
Secondary PositionLightweight
Dominant HandBisweptual
2K ERG Score7:45.2
5K ERG Score20:44.9
6K ERG Score25:01.6


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Personal Statement

    I started rowing when I was a freshmen in high school, and I immediately fell in love with the sport. My favorite part of the sport is the team atmosphere. I love the feeling of pride that washes over the boat when we cross the finish line and reflect on the piece we just pulled together. I like knowing that I am not just pulling for myself, I'm pulling for every other girl in the boat. When I am not at a crew event I am most likely reading a book, playing an instrument, or doing something with Astronomy.

    I enjoy reading because it allows me to experience events and situations I would not normally find myself in. When I am reading a good book I find it difficult to do something else until I know what happens.  I really like books with a lot of action, but also some romance and drama in the mix as well. Some of my favorite books are The Maze Runner series and Eye of Minds series by James Dashner, The Hunger Games by Susan Collins, and The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter.

    I play multiple different instruments. I play the piano, violin, upright bass, bass guitar, and the guitar. I have played the piano the longest, since I was 6 (currently 17). I started the violin in 4th grade and played that in the school orchestra until I was a sophomore when I taught myself the upright bass and switched. I became the only bassist in the high school music programs, and I joined the jazz ensemble where I had to teach myself the bass guitar. I am attempting to learn the guitar in my free time through the use of some apps on my phone. I also played in our High School Pitt Orchestra for the spring musical. Freshman year I played the violin for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat and Sophomore year I played the bass for Oklahoma and for Guys and Dolls. I enjoy playing in the pit orchestra because it feels like I can put my love for music and my musical abilities to good use. When I am playing in the pit my music has a purpose, and I think that’s pretty cool. I also played in a family friend's wedding the spring of freshman year.

    My babysitter when I was little introduced me to Space and Astronomy, and since then I knew that I wanted to learn all I could about them. I love spending my nights with my telescope, in the backyard or grandma's field, just looking at all the planets and stars above us. Living in Western Pennsylvania we have lots of cloudy weather. It's also cold, so I also like taking trips to the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh to their planetarium. The Planetarium gives me the chance to see the stars even when they're not out, and in a warm environment. I hope to study astronomy in college and eventually make a career as an astronomer.


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity
  • 2 years
  • 2019 Varsity Team
  • 2018 Varsity Team
  • 2017 Junior Varsity Team
  • 2016 Freshman Team

Coach References

  • High School Head Coach
  • Sam DiMarzio


  • Camp/Event
  • Head of the Schulkill Regatta
  • 10/27/18 to 10/28/18
  • Women’s Varsity 4+ (3 seat) 14 out of 68; Women’s Varsity Quad (with Pittsburgh Rowing 2 seat) 7 out of 35
  • Camp/Event
  • Head of the Ohio
  • 10/07/18 to 10/07/18
  • Lightweight Varsity Girls 4+ 3rd Place (4 seat); Openweight Varsity Girls 4+ 2nd Place (3 seat)
  • Camp/Event
  • Mercerherst Prep Sprints
  • 5/19/18 to 5/19/18
  • Varsity 4 came in 1st (3 seat)
  • Camp/Event
  • Midwest Scholastic Sprints
  • 5/11/18 to 5/13/18
  • Junior Varsity 4 came in 6th place (3 seat)
  • Camp/Event
  • Pittsburgh Scholastic Sprints
  • 4/29/18 to 4/29/18
  • Junior Varsity Lightweight 4 took 2nd (4 seat); Junior Varsity Openweight 4 took 1st (3 seat)
  • Camp/Event
  • Junior National Selection Camp
  • 2/25/18 to 2/25/18
  • Camp/Event
  • Pittsburgh Indoor Sprints
  • 2,000 meters time: 8:24.3; 1st place Novice Girl's category
  • Camp/Event
  • Central Catholic Biathlon
  • 7.5 km row time: 32 minutes 25 seconds; 10 km run time: 52 minutes 14 seconds; Total Time: 1 hour, 24 minutes and 39 seconds


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High School Information

Phone(724) 625-4444

Academic Accomplishments

Are you in honor classes?
Yes. Honors English 9, Honors Geometry, Honors Orchestra, Honors Biology, Honors US History; Honors English 10, Honors Algebra 2, Honors Orchestra, Honors Chemistry, Honors Themes of World History 10, Honors French 3; Honors English 11, Honors Pre-Calculus, Honors Orchestra, Honors Physics, Honors French 4
Are you in AP/IB classes?
Yes. AP US History

Awards and Activities

  • AwardsHighest Honor Roll (7th-11th grade), Orchestra Department Award (Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior year), Junior Air Force ROTC Department Award (Freshman and Junior year), Health and Physical Education Department Award, Participant in PMEA Performance (8th and 9th grades), Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Certificate of Merit Award (10th grade), National Honor Society member (11th grade)
  • ActivitiesPiano Lessons, Violin, Bass, Dance Classes (Ballet and Pointe), Air Force Junior ROTC (9th, 11th and 12th grades), Volunteer at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

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