Aedin Brennan is a ’12 graduate of the Allendale Columbia School who is currently attending Denison University and is a member of the girls indoor and outdoor track teams. Brennan was a standout 3-sport athlete during her career at HAC and has already earned All-American honors twice for the heptathlon in outdoor track and was named All-American in the pentathlon for indoor track. Brennan was named NCAC Rookie of the Year her freshmen season and is currently is pursing her degree in biology with a minor in spanish.
What sports did you play at HAC?
Varsity Girls Basketball, 2009 – 2012 (4 years)
Varsity Track & Field, 2010 – 2012 (3 years)
Varsity Girls Soccer, 2010 – 2011 (2 years)
Varsity Cross Country, 2012 (1 year)
Who were your coaches?
Coaches Seth O’Bryan and Jessica Densmore (2010 – 2012) – HAC Varsity Cross Country and Track and Field
Coaches Nikki Guilfoyle and Jamie Gundy (2010 – 2011) – HAC Varsity Girls Soccer
Coaches Terri Leonard and Jason Hermance (2009 – 2012) – HAC Varsity Girls Basketball
What is your most memorable HAC sports experience?
Winning the sectional title against Keshequa in girls basketball and also winning a team sectional title in outdoor track both during my senior year. I think about the time spent just being with the team and hanging out with friends like Aamir Zain, Russell Hegedorn (both class of 2014) and their leadership in cross country and then having that leadership role reversed (with myself as a leader) in outdoor track.
How did HAC sports help prepare you for indoor and outdoor track at the collegiate level and life in general?
It gave me a foundation to be able to communicate and work with coaches effectively. I learned how to build and develop relationships with my coaches and teammates and accept coaching as help rather than criticism. Those skills have translated at the collegiate level at Denison. Playing sports at HAC also helped with my time management and balancing my life.
If you could go back in time and talk to yourself when you were a high school freshmen, what would you say?
Don’t take yourself too seriously. Have fun and get your homework done.
What is one thing you miss about HAC athletics?
The camaraderie and team bonding events. I miss going to Wegman’s with teammates.
Any piece of advice or something a coach has said that you’ll always remember?
Coach Densmore always told me to “keep composure and stay positive.”
Who are some of your favorite athletes and sports idols?
Henry Shefflin (Irish hurler and pictured below) and Ashton Eaton (decathlete)
“The first time I met Aedin was when I taught her in 9th grade geometry class. Aedin was polite and inquisitive. I was impressed by the way in which she listened and paid attention to what I said in conversations with her as a 9th grader. Two of my favorite memories of Aedin are her sincerity and positive energy interacting with her and watching her run and jump better than her competition.
One word I would use to describe Aedin is determined. As a person, I think it is her sincerity and level of reflection that stands out. As an athlete, she has the determination and competitive desire that most of the best athletes have.”
– Seth O’Bryan, HAC Varsity Track and Field and Cross Country Coach
“Aedin was the most coachable, focused and toughest player I’ve ever coached. She never took a possession off and never was outworked. She approached each day as an opportunity to get better and took advantage of that.”
– Nate Merritt, Allendale Columbia School Athletic Director and Aedin’s basketball coach for 2 years