Maspeth native to play softball at Queens College
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RILEY O'CONNOR
RILEY O'CONNOR
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Queens College softball head coach Amy Delmore announced the signing of Riley O'Connor to a National Letter of Intent.

O'Connor is a utility player, and is set to arrive in Flushing following a softball career at Archbishop Molloy High School.

The Maspeth native complied a batting average over .300 in the last two seasons. She won back-to-back CHSAA BQ championship crowns and made the Tablet's Brooklyn-Queens GCHSAA All-Star Softball team.

While she has racked up athletic awards, O'Connor earned academic honors, including the 2016 St. Francis Xavier Medal, 2016 Women's in Science Award, and made the honor roll in 2020.

O'Conner plans to become a kindergarten teacher after graduation.

"I am beyond excited to join the QC softball program, I've been coming to camps and clinics since I was 12 years old,” O’Connor said. “I've also been coached by former Queens College players. After my first clinic, I told my dad I was going to play for Queens."

Meanwhile, Queens College women's swimming and diving head coach John Yearwood announce the signing of Rory Chea to a National Letter of Intent.

Chea is a local product of Fresh Meadows, who comes to Flushing after graduating Francis Lewis High School.

She was a senior captain in high school and qualified for the semifinals in the playoffs. She was a junior Olympics qualifier for both short and long course in the 50-yard freestyle.

Chea is a freestyle competitor who will look to add depth on the young Knights roster. In the PSAL playoffs against McKee/Staten Island Tech, Chea swam to a first-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:07.21.

Chea plans to pursue a career as a speech pathologist after graduation.

"We are really excited to be adding Rory to our program for the upcoming season,” said Yearwood. “She's a local athlete who's had a strong club background and will come in ready to make an impact on our team immediately."
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