Women’s Hockey Introduces Class of 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown women's ice hockey coach Amy Bourbeau announced on Tuesday that eight incoming freshmen will join the Bears roster for the 2014-15 season: Caroline Buckholtz (Greenlawn, N.Y.), Rachael Cholak (Kenosha, Wis.), Sam Donovan (New Brighton, Minn.), Cynthia Kyin (Skokie, Ill.), Julianne Landry (Hanover, Mass.), Kaitlin Swanstrom (Ham Lake, Minn.), Samantha Swanstrom (Ham Lake, Minn.) and Dara Wais (Baltimore, Md.).

"We are excited to welcome eight new skaters to the Brown hockey class of 2018," Bourbeau said. "Each of these young women is very talented both in the classroom and on the ice. Above all, they are quality individuals who will bring passion and energy to our locker room."


Caroline Buckholtz
Hometown: Greenlawn, N.Y.
High School: Choate Rosemary Hall
Club Team: Mid Fairfield CT Stars
Position: D
Height: 5-4

- Three-time Choate Rosemary Hall award winner for Greatest Contribution to Athletics
- Julie M. Case Prize (earnest and persistent effort in Third Form)
- Marjorie Brampton Harvey Prize (enthusiasm for studies and extracurricular activities)
- Dean's List

Rachael Cholak
Hometown: Kenosha, Wis.
High School: Tremper
Club Team: Chicago Young Americans
Position: F
Height: 5-5

- Scored 43 points (17 goals, 26 assists) in 57 games as a senior
- Three-year club team captain
- Received High Performance Hockey League Academic Excellence Award
- National Honor Society member

Sam Donovan
Hometown: New Brighton, Minn.
High School: Irondale
Club Team: Elite Black
Position: F
Height: 5-2

- Scored 86 points (43 goals, 43 assists) as a senior
- Earned six varsity letters in high school hockey
- Two-time team captain
- Five-time All-Conference and three-time All-State selection
- Ms. Hockey Runner-Up
- Three-time USA National Camp participant

Cynthia Kyin
Hometown: Skokie, Ill.
High School: Niles West
Club Team: Chicago Mission
Position: D
Height: 5-6

- Three-time USA Hockey Player Development Camp participant
- Illinois State Scholar

Julianne Landry
Hometown: Hanover, Mass.
High School: Thayer Academy
Club Team: Assabet Valley
Position: G
Height: 5-7

- Two-time team captain
- NEPSAC All-Star and First Team Goalie
- Two-time team MVP
- Independent School League All-League Award
- Four-time USA Hockey National Development Camp Invitee
- Tier I USA Hockey National Champion in 2009, 2012 and 2014

Kaitlin Swanstrom
Hometown: Ham Lake, Minn.
High School: Blaine
Club Team: Minnesota Whitecaps
Position: F
Height: 5-4

- Scored 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) as a senior
- Scored career-high 41 points as a junior

Samantha Swanstrom
Hometown: Ham Lake, Minn.
High School: Blaine
Position: F
Height: 5-4

- Scored 44 points (19 goals, 25 assists) as a senior
- Scored career-high 46 points as a junior
- Four-time All-State "A" Honor Roll

Dara Wais
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
High School: Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
Club Team: Washington Pride
Position: F
Height: 5-6

- 2012 Baltimore City Scholar Athlete Award
- JWHL All-Star
- Three-time USA National Player Development Camp invitee