By: Jay Kidwell
Assumption High School held a National Signing Day Ceremony for seniors Rose Ripslinger and Maddie Irmen on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 2:20 p.m. in the Elizabeth Kahl Figge Library.
Ripslinger and Irmen are two of the most accomplished female athletes in the history of amateur athletics in the state of Iowa.
Ripslinger, a University of Iowa commit for soccer, is the reigning three-time Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year in soccer and the 2013 Iowa Class 3A State Champion in the 100M Dash. Also a two-time captain of the Iowa Class 1A Girls Soccer All-Tournament Team, she is the only girls' player in Iowa history to win the Gatorade Player of the Year Award three times, and along with being a three-time First Team All-State selection in soccer, she has been a starter on Assumption's past three Iowa Class 1A Girls Soccer State Championship teams (2011, 2012, 2013). This past summer, Ripslinger earned All-American status at the U.S. Youth Soccer Championships in Kansas City where she was named an Elite Eleven All-Tournament Team selection, and her team, the Iowa City Alliance Heatwave, placed fifth at the national event.
Ripslinger, the 2012 Quad-City Times Female Athlete of the Year, also ran on two Iowa Class 3A State Championship relay teams last spring – 4 x 100M Relay and 4 x 200M Relay – and was part of the Sprint Medley Relay team that finished fourth at the 2013 New Balance Outdoor National Track & Field Meet in a time of 1 minute, 50 seconds. By virtue of their fourth place finish, the group received All-American honors. Her efforts on the track helped Assumption to the 2013 Iowa Class 3A Girls Track and Field State Championship – the first in school history. In 2011, Ripslinger was part of state championship relay teams in the 4 x 100M Relay and 4 x 400M Relay events, and in 2012 she ran on the 4 x 100M Relay team that also captured a state title.
Irmen has committed to the University of Northern Iowa track and field program, where she will look to build on her already impressive resume that includes 2011 and 2012 Iowa Class 3A state titles in the 400M Dash, and runner-up finishes in the 200M Dash in 2012 and 2013. Irmen also ran on the Sprint Medley Relay team that earned All-American status.
Over the past three years, Irmen has been a key contributor to 6 state championship teams at Assumption – two in girls basketball (2012, 2013), three in girls soccer (2011, 2012, 2013), and one in track and field (2013), while also winning two individual state titles (400M Dash in 2011 and 2012) and four state relay crowns (2011 Outdoor 4 x 100M and 4 x 200M Relays, 2012 Indoor 4 x 200M Relay, and 2013 Outdoor Sprint Medleys).
She was also named First Team All-State in soccer at the conclusion of the 2013 season, and became the first female athlete in state history to start on three State Championship teams (girls baskeball, girls soccer, and girls track and field) in the same academic year.
From 2011 to 2013, Ripslinger and Irmen were starters on the Lady Knights soccer teams that reeled off 51 consecutive wins, setting the mark for the 8th-longest winning streak in U.S. High School history according to the NFHS record book. They were also a part of the only Drake Relays championships in school history when they ran on the 2011 and 2012 championship 4 x 400M relay teams.
Jordan Gizzarelli ‘99
Assumption High School