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Published: July 17, 2009 10:15 pm

COLLEGE ROUNDUP (July 17): NU values Raepple's versatility

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Niagara Gazette

Grand Island’s Jamie Raepple is part of a seven-member recruiting class announced Friday by Niagara women’s soccer coach Peter Veltri.

“Jamie brings success and experience with her,” Veltri said of the 2008 Niagara Gazette Co-Player of the Year in a news release. “She will bring another option to our attack. She is mainly a striker but has the versatility and skill set to play in the midfield.”

The Vikings went 47-9-6 record in Raepple’s three varsity seasons. She had 14 goals and 11 assists as a senior, earning fifth-team all-state honors.

“I was always looking to stay local because I’m very close with my dad,” Raepple said in February when she signed her commitment letter. “It just so happened that coach was interested.”

Veltri’s recruiting class also includes Chelsea Spencer, a transfer from Louisville who has spent time training with the Canadian National Team. The other incoming freshman are Brittany Czajka (Alden), Michaela DiFazio (Burlington, Ont.), Leah Fuerst (Bath), Amanda Taylor (Rochester), Julianne Viviano (Cicero).

Swimming & Diving

NU sets schedule

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Diver of the Year Ian O’Rourke (Grand Island) and the Purple Eagles will have six home dates in 2009-10, their most in three seasons. Niagara has won eight of it’s last home meets. The season starts with the Western New York Invitational on Oct. 10.