SOUTH WHITLEY – Abbigail Overmeyer, a senior at Whitko High School, signed a national letter of intent to continue her rugby career with Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Overmeyer is a member of the Warsaw Area Girls Rubgy team at the high school level, and helped the club achieve the 2016 Indiana championship, scoring the final try in the state final.
Overmeyer also was a member of the Whitko girls track team as a freshman and a sophomore, part of a successful sprint relay and team that become one of the most successful in team history. Overmeyer also contributed to the Whitko girls soccer team.
Davenport, a Division II institution in rugby, won the 2016 women’s national championship at 15s and 7s. At Davenport, Overmeyer looks to study sports administration.
Seated with Abby are parents Angela Lozano Keener and Ben Keener. In the back row are Warsaw Area Girls Rugby head coach Trevor Cracknell and Davenport head coach Greg Teliczan.
“Abbigail is one of the more reserved and modest members of the Warsaw rugby team,” began Cracknell. “She is a very talented athlete having excelled on the varsity soccer team and track team at Whitko High school. She started playing rugby in the fall of 2015 and instantly impressed with her ability to learn a new sport quickly. A hard worker in practice and during games not one to avoid the physical challenges of a contact sport like rugby.
“Abbigail is probably currently the quickest female high school rugby player in Indiana and this is a huge asset to the Warsaw team especially as we play a high tempo style of Rugby,” continued Cracknell. “Davenport plays the same style of running rugby game so she will I’m sure have no problem integrating into their program and becoming part of the match day squad. Greg Teliczan, the Davenport coach, runs a great program and all of his players speak highly of him. I’m glad that Abbigail has decided to continue her rugby career at the college level.”