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PITTSBURGH, Aug. 15, 2013 – La Roche College’s Fishing Team recently competed in the FLW College Fishing Tournament at Lake Champlain and placed 19th out of 50 teams that competed.

La Roche also earned a qualifying spot in the Chesapeake Bay Invitational Northern Division Championship, which marks the second consecutive year for the team to qualify for the regional championship.

The team includes students Jonathan Coholich of Allison Park, Pa. and Richard Smith of Cheswick, Pa.  Mr. Coholich and Mr. Smith boated five smallmouth bass at 10 pounds, five ounces. If La Roche places in the top 10 at the regional championship, they will advance to the 2014 National Championship.

 “Jonathan and Richard are superb fishermen. They understand and employ the best fishing strategies based on a combination of experience and feel,” said Howard Ishiyama, Ph.D., club adviser, vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at La Roche. “Good fishermen aren’t just lucky.  They also have state-of-the-art technology on their boat. The team is consistently in the running in every tournament they enter. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Jonathan and Richard qualify for nationals.”


About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.


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