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TABLE OF

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In the Spotlight......................................... 2 Community Service.................................. 3 WVU Boathouse....................................... 4 Strength and Conditioning....................... 7 Athletic Training........................................ 8 Big 12 Conference.................................. 10 Conference USA..................................... 11 Henley Royal Regatta............................. 12 Rowing 101............................................ 13 Student-Athlete Services....................... 14 Campus Life........................................... 18 Mountaineer Excellence......................... 23

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IN THE

SPOTLIGHT Choosing to become a Mountaineer is special. Without a professional sports team in the state, folks across the state and throughout the region love West Virginia University athletics. No school helps its student-athletes more than the people at WVU. Mountaineers have the unique opportunity to represent themselves, their teammates and their university to news media, alumni, friends, family and the general public. If you take advantage of these opportunities, it can have a positive effect, not only on your career as a student-athlete at West Virginia, but also on your life after you have donned the Old Gold and Blue.

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“It’s very important that we are involved in the community because we are the beneficiaries of tremendous support on a

COMMUNITY

SERVICE

The West Virginia University rowing team works hard on the water to ensure that it represents the Old Gold and Blue in the best manner possible in competition. But it also works hard to give back to those who make Morgantown and the surrounding region a kind-hearted and good-natured community. This year, the team volunteered as the setup crew while fundraising for the Making Strides for Breast Cancer event that was held at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Park Amphitheatre in October. The event serves as a celebration of survivorship, an occasion to express hope, and a shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many.

myriad of levels,” says head coach Jimmy King. Previously, the team has helped make the community a better place by helping with roadside clean-up, improving local watersheds and volunteering at senior centers. They also aided the Haiti relief fund through the West Virginia Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which held a benefit after the country was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in January 2010. Several team members also volunteer on an individual basis with the local Big Sister program. Additionally, associate head coach Tina Griffith and assistant coach Meg Ayers participated in a clean-up of the Monongahela River in June 2011 when the Army Corps of Engineers needed to do repairs on the lock and dam. “The residents of Morgantown and the surrounding areas are great supporters of Mountaineer athletics and we all continually reap the benefits of that support,” King says. “As members of such a privileged group, being active in the community is a way we can give back and show our appreciation.”

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Constructed in 2007 below the Caperton Trail, the attractive, climate-controlled facility houses the West Virginia University Fleet

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that includes (5) eights, (3) fours, (4) pair/doubles, and (3) singles. The WVU Boathouse has dressing facilities and locker room space,

BOATHOUSE

and the dock easily allows (3) eights to launch simultaneously.

The West Virginia University Boathouse is located in Morgantown’s

From the boathouse, which sits just below the Morgantown Lock

Wharf District directly below The Wharf Restaurant along the

and Dam, the next lock and dam is located a little more than 10

Monongahela River – just a two-minute walk from the WVU Visitors

miles downriver in Point Marion, Pa.

The Monongahela River, commonly referred to as “the Mon”, provides an idyllic rowing venue for the Mountaineers. A series of locks and dams along the Mon create a pooling effect so that a minimum navigable depth of nine feet is maintained year-round.

Center.

WVU’S BOATHOUSE IS SITUATED IN THE WHARF DISTRICT OF MORGANTOWN AND JUST A SHORT WALK ALONG THE CAPERTON RAIL TRAIL FROM THE WVU VISITORS RESOURCE CENTER.

In the spring of 2009, West Virginia University served host to its first-ever spring regatta on the Mon, featuring Dayton, Duquense and George Mason. The race ended at the Edith Barill Riverfront Park in nearby Star City. The Mountaineers will host two scrimmages, one in the fall against Duquense and a second in the spring against George Mason, on the Mon in the 2013-14 season. The name Monongahela is derived from a Native American term loosely meaning “river of falling banks” and/or “river of high bluffs”. True to its name, the Mon flows well below its banks and is largely sheltered from prevailing winds by the surrounding bluffs. As such, the West Virginia University crews are often fortunate to train on calm water with little current.

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STRENGTH AND

CONDITIONING Athletic excellence and strength and conditioning go hand-in-hand at West Virginia University. WVU’s strength and conditioning staff ensures all student-athletes are on year-long programs designed to continue improving the fitness capabilities needed in their sports. To keep athletes improving and in peak physical condition, West Virginia offers a variety of training areas and an array of strength programs designed to increase performance. All student-athletes will also have their own program individually calculated and updated throughout the year. At West Virginia, student-athletes can rest assured that their strength staff is monitoring their performance on a daily basis. Equipped with excellent amenities and staffed by some of the finest strength coaches in the nation, athletes who come to West Virginia know that they are in good hands when it comes to their athletic capacity.

ALL STUDENT-ATHLETES WILL ALSO HAVE THEIR OWN PROGRAM INDIVIDUALLY CALCULATED AND UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

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ATHLETIC

TRAINING The West Virginia athletic training program looks to get its student-athletes back on the water in a timely manner while providing quality health care for its student-athletes and coaches. The scope of the athletic training services encompass various domains, which include injury recognition, treatment, rehabilitation, prevention, education and counseling that will enable the athlete to maintain optimal quality of life beyond the span of athletic competition. Multiple athletic training rooms are available for student-athlete furnished with the latest technology and equipment. The athletic training staff will work in conjunction with the team physicians and athletic administration to assure the student-athletes receive quality care throughout their career at WVU.

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The Big 12 Conference is comprised of 10 Universities- Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State,

BIG 12

CONFERENCE

Texas and Texas Tech along with its newest members of TCU and West Virginia. Now in its 17th year of existence, the Big 12 Conference is a model of stability, strength and success that is backed by institutions that value quality academic and athletic programs, as well as a great tradition of success. The Big 12 is an NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics conference that encompasses five states with over 37 million people within its geographic footprint. More than 4,100 student-athletes from across the United State and around the World compete annually under the Big 12 banner. Whether on the field, in the classroom or within the community, student-athletes, administrators, coaches and game officials of the Big 12 support the highest ideals in sportsmanship. The Big 12 conducts postseason championships for 20 of its 23 sports, including rowing. In total, five members of the big 12 Conference sponsor collegiate rowing programs- Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia. On Sept. 7, 2012, the big 12 announced a 13-year media rights deal with ESPN and Fox Sports Media Rights Group that is sure to maintain the league’s elite status. In its first 16 years, the Conference has distributed more than $1.6 billion to its member institutions. The conference office is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

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In addition to being a full-fledged member of the Big 12 Conference, the West Virginia University rowing program is also an affiliate member of Conference USA. The reason for this affiliation is

CONFERENCE

USA

the NCAA’s new automatic qualification system that was implemented in the 2013 season. Eleven teams will be selected via automatic qualifier as conference champions and 11 teams will be selected at-large by a selection committee for participation in the NCAA Championship. In order to earn an automatic qualification designation, a conference must have a minimum of six rowing schools. The five big 12 schools (Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia), along with two SEC rowing schools (Alabama and Tennessee), are affiliated with the three Conference UISA rowing schools (UCF, SMU and Tulsa). Additionally, Old Dominion officially joined Conference USA on July 1, 2013.

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HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA

A ROYAL FINISH Take five women who never rowed prior to college, give them an

WVU’s four team started the competition strong, sailing through the

experienced coach and boat, and this is the fairytale story of the West

first, second and third rounds, before eventually losing in the finals to

Virginia women’s rowing team. After a successful showing in the pro-

Oxford Brookes University (England). Although the team was eliminat-

gram’s debut season, the Varsity 4+ did something outstanding- qualify

ed, they broke the course record and made it farther than any other

for rowing’s most prestigious event- the Henley Royal regatta.

team the Dad Vail committee had selected.

When the four team of Tina Griffith, rishi Kelley, Erin Nisbet, Noelle

“I was very grateful for the opportunity, and it was exciting, but it was

Dodge and coxswain Christine DeRienzo finished first at the Dad Vail

mainly another opportunity to prove ourselves,” Griffith said. “To be

Regatta, the nation’s largest collegiate race, the team was selected to

honest, it really didn’t matter the competitor, we just wanted to race

represent the United States at Henley.

and win, and that is one big reason why I think we did so well.”

The Mountaineers were selected to attend the big race by the orga-

Attending the Henley was a royal finish to the team’s Cinderella year

nizers of Dad Vail not only for their first-place finish, but also because

and an experience they will never forget. The team not only made a

they felt WVU has the best chance of winning in England, even though

mark in the program’s first season; they set the bar for future Mountain-

no team that the committee had selected has ever made it past the

eers in seasons to come.

second round. The team was excited to travel to England and resent West Virginia and the U.S. at such a prestigious international regatta. In the town of Henley, rowing is the premier sport and is the center of the town’ attention. The regatta began in 1839 and has been held each year since, except during the World Wars. It started as an afternoon event, but is now held over the course of five days with more than 500 teams competing in 17 events. Because the Henley began before either the England Rowing Association or the International Rowing Federation were created, the royal Regatta features a longer course and a different style of racing. The women’s course is one mile and 550 yards, which is slightly longer than the distance of 2,000 meter that the team was familiar rowing. The women only races on tea at a time, with the winner advancing to the next round.

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THE BOAT:

Bow: The forward section of the boat and the first part of the boat to cross the finish line. Also the person in the seat closest to the bow. Bow coxed Boat: A shell in which the coxswain is near the bow instead of the stern. It’s hard to see the coxswain in this type of boat, because only her head is visible. Having the coxswain virtually lying down in the bow reduces wind resistance, and weight distribution is better. Button: A wide collar on the oar that keeps it from slipping through the oarlock.

Coxswain: Person who steers the shell and is the onthe-water coach for the crew.

Deck: The part of the shell at the bow and stern that is covered with fiberglass cloth or a thin plastic.

Ergometer: Rowers call it an “erg.” It’s a rowing machine that closely approximates the actual rowing motion and allows the rower to measure her “strokes per minute” and the distance covered. Gate: The bar across the oarlock that keeps the oar in place.

Lightweight: Refers to the rowers, not the boats; there is a maximum weight for each rower in a lightweight event as well as a boat average. Oar: Used to drive the boat forward

Port: Left side of the boat, while facing forward, in the direction of the movement. Power 10: A call for rowers to do 10 of their best, most powerful strokes. It’s a strategy used to pull ahead of a competitor.

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Repechage: The second-chance race which ensures that everyone has two chances to advance from preliminary races since there is no seeding in the heats. Rigger: The triangular shaped metal device that is bolted onto the side of the boat and holds the oars.

Run: The run is the distance the shell moves during one stroke. You can figure it by looking for the distance between the puddles made by the same oar. Shell: Can be used interchangeably with boat.

Slide: The set of runners for the wheels of each seat in the boat.

Starboard: Right side of the boat, while facing forward, in the direction of movement. Stern: The rear of the boat; the direction the rowers are facing.

Stretcher or Footstretcher: Where the rower’s feet go. The stretcher consists of two inclined footrests that hold the rower’s shoes. The rower’s shoes are bolted into the footrests.

Stroke: The rower who sits closest to the stern. The stroke sets the rhythm for the boat; others behind her must follow her cadence. StrokeCoach: A small electronic display that rowers attach in the boat to show the important race information like stroke rate and elapsed time. Swing: The hard-to-define feeling when near-perfect synchronization of motion occurs in the shell, enhancing the performance and speed.

THE STROKE:

Catch: The point, at the end of the recovery, when the blade is placed into the water for the beginning of the next stroke. Drive: The part of the stroke when the blade is in the water and the rower is pulling on the handle/pressing with the legs. Recovery: The time between the release and the catch, when the oar is not in the water.

Feather: To gradually turn the blade so that it goes from parallel to the water to perpendicular (square) with the water just before the catch.

COXSWAIN COMMANDS:

Back-it: Means to have the rowers place their blades at the release position, squared, and push the oar handle toward the stern of the boat. This motion causes the shell to move backwards. Blades-down: This command is used to tell the rowers to place their blades back on the water.

Check-it-down: Tells the crew to square their blades and drag them across the surface to the water. Used to slow and stop the shell quickly. Ease-up, Firm-up: These commands tell the rowers to reduce the pressure on the oar, or apply more pressure as needed. Heads, ready, up: Tells the rowers to press the boat above their heads.

Hold-Water: Tells the rowers to stop rowing and square their blades immediately; dragging them across the surface of the water to slow and stop the boat quickly! Let-it-run: This tells the rowers to stop rowing.

Paddle: This tells a crew to row with just enough pressure to move the boat. Roll-it: Tells the crew to flip the boat over, together, from heads. Way-enough: Tells the rowers to stop rowing. The synonym is “let it run.”

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STUDENT-ATHLETE

SERVICES

West Virginia University offers a variety of services and programs to help student-athletes maximize their academic potential. Department staff members work with coaches, on campus student service providers and faculty to help student-athletes meet the unique demands of the classroom, the sporting arena and the personal-social challenges they face as developing adults. While many of the headlines center on the Mountaineers’ accomplishments on the playing field, West Virginia athletes have also made some noteworthy strides in the classroom. Some of those strides include a string of 10 consecutive years where the department has had at least one first team Academic All-American. To help its student athletes achieve academic success, one of the nation’s finest facilities resides in the WVU Coliseum – The Athletic Academic Performance Center. The 8,000-square foot facility provides individual and group study areas, a plethora of computer stations and the latest in fingerprint technology used when signing in. A total of 340 student-athletes were recognized for their achievement in the classroom last spring, at the annual WVU Student-Athlete Academic Excellence Banquet, honoring recipients of the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll. Implemented in 1989, the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll was created to recognize students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Since the program began in 1989, nearly 4,000 student-athletes have earned a place on the honor roll. Ford retired in 2011 after 44 years of service with the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

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IN 2012-13, A TOTAL OF 19 ROWERS RECEIVED A VARIETY OF ACADEMIC HONORS, INCLUDING BEING NAMED TO THE CONFERENCE USA ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM, ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12 FIRST AND SECOND TEAMS, COLLEGIATE COACHES ROWING ASSOCIATION NATIONAL SCHOLAR ATHLETES, THE BIG 12 HONOR ROLL AND AWARDED THE CONFERENCE USA COMMISSIONER’S ACADEMIC MEDAL.

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STUDENT-ATHLETE

SERVICES

West Virginia University’s graduation rate for student-athletes has been impressive, to say the least, over the past eight years. The ratio of student-athletes graduating to the general student body has increased almost every year. The West Virginia University women’s cross country team, men’s basketball team and women’s soccer team received public recognition in the spring of 2010 by the NCAA for their latest multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. These teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport. The women’s cross country team was one of seven Mountaineer teams to earn a perfect APR score in 2011-12 alone. The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team’s academic performance. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) provides a forum for the “voice of the student-athlete” on WVU’s campus. SAAC membership provides feedback to administration about how to better WVU athletic programs. They offer input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes’ lives on NCAA member institution campuses.

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CAMPUS

LIFE CHARACTER

Public, land-grant institution, founded in 1867.

RESEARCH CLASSIFICATION Research University (High Research Activity) as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

COMBINED WVU EXPENSE BUDGET Approximately $917 million (2013).

ACCREDITATIONS North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and dozens of specialized academic accrediting agencies.

GOVERNANCE The WVU Board of Governors is the governing body of WVU. The Higher Education Policy Commission in West Virginia is responsible for developing, establishing, and overseeing the implementation of a public policy agenda for the state’s four-year colleges and universities.

LOCATION Morgantown, W.Va., population 30,293, rated “No. 1 Small City in America” by BizJournals.com for its exceptional quality of life. Within easy traveling distance of Washington, D.C., to the east, Pittsburgh, Pa., to the north, and Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, to the northwest. Other recent rankings: One of “Best Sports Cities” by Sporting News; 5th “Best Small Metro” by Forbes; 12th overall “Hottest Small City by Inc.; one of “50 Smartest Places to Live” by Kiplinger’s; one of the “Best Cities for Jobs” by MSN Careers; one of the 50 best places to launch a small business by CNNMoney.com; and the second-ranking “Best College Town for Jobs” by Forbes.

STUDENT PROFILE Fall 2013 enrollment, on WVU campuses statewide, was 32,348. THAT INCLUDED: • 18,583 West Virginia residents, 14,012 nonresidents • 25,715 undergraduates • 5,179 graduate and 1,701 professional students

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CHARACTER

ACADEMICS

Public, land-grant institution, founded in 1867.

14 colleges and schools offering 184 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral,

RESEARCH CLASSIFICATION Research University (High Research Activity) as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

COMBINED WVU EXPENSE BUDGET Approximately $917 million (2013).

ACCREDITATIONS North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and dozens of specialized academic accrediting agencies.

GOVERNANCE The WVU Board of Governors is the governing body of WVU. The Higher Education Policy Commission in West Virginia is responsible for developing, establishing, and overseeing the implementation of a

and professional degree programs in agriculture, natural resources, and design; arts and sciences; business and economics; creative arts; dentistry; education and human services; engineering and mineral resources; journalism; law; medicine; nursing; pharmacy; physical activity and sport sciences; public health; plus the WVU Honors College, University College, and programs at Potomac State College and WVU Institute of Technology. wvu.edu/Academics/

STUDENT LIVING EXPERIENCE The First-Year Experience—unique among state universities—helps students navigate their first year at WVU. Elements include residential colleges and Adventure West Virginia, an outdoor freshman orientation program. All WVU students benefit from a vibrant array of student life programs, including a Festival of Ideas lecture series, bringing the world’s top minds to campus to share their experiences

public policy agenda for the state’s four-year colleges and universities.

and knowledge; WVUp All Night, a weekend package of safe, fun,

LOCATION

and a Mountaineer Parents Club, helping families stay connected

Morgantown, W.Va., population 30,293, rated “No. 1 Small City in America” by BizJournals.com for its exceptional quality of life. Within easy traveling distance of Washington, D.C., to the east, Pittsburgh, Pa., to the north, and Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, to the northwest. Other recent rankings: One of “Best Sports Cities” by Sporting News; 5th “Best Small Metro” by Forbes; 12th overall “Hottest Small City by Inc.; one of “50 Smartest Places to Live” by Kiplinger’s; one of the “Best Cities for Jobs” by MSN Careers; one of the 50 best places to launch a small business by CNNMoney.com; and the sec-

and healthy activities; an award-winning Student Recreation Center; with their students’ education and life at WVU. apply.wvu.edu/life

TRANSPORTATION University buses operate free on a year-round basis as does the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system—a computer-directed system that glides along 8.7 miles of guideway between Downtown, Evansdale, and Health Sciences Center campuses. In addition, Morgantown’s expanded MountainLine bus service offers free rides to students and employees. WVU ID is required for all

ond-ranking “Best College Town for Jobs” by Forbes.

services. transportation.wvu.edu/services

STUDENT PROFILE

SAFETY

Fall 2013 enrollment, on WVU campuses statewide, was 32,348. THAT INCLUDED:

WVU has one of the safest college campuses in America, with 24-hour police protection and 37 outdoor emergency phones.

• 18,583 West Virginia residents, 14,012 nonresidents

The WVU Alert system sends urgent news to participants’ cell

• 25,715 undergraduates

phones, and digital InfoStations across campus show important

• 5,179 graduate and 1,701 professional students

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE WVU ranks nationally for prestigious scholarships—24 Rhodes Scholars, 22 Truman Scholars, 36 Goldwater Scholars, two British Marshall Scholars, two Morris K. Udall Scholars, five USA Today AllUSA College Academic First Team Members (and 11 academic team

announcements.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS Students can choose from more than 350 student organizations, and participate in an active intramural program and many club sports. sos.wvu.edu

honorees), nine Boren Scholars, five Gilman Scholars, 36 Fulbright Scholars, and one Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar.

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STUDY ABROAD

FACILITIES

More than 800 students participate in University-led study

WVU’s mix of historic and modern facilities includes 430 build-

abroad programs and international exchanges. internationalpro-

ings on 1,456 acres. Eleven main campus buildings are located

grams.wvu.edu/

on the National Register of Historic Places, and WVU operates

WVU ONLINE/EXTENDED CAMPUS Hundreds of distance education classes are available. elearn. wvu.edu/

SCHOLARSHIPS AND AID Approximately $10 million a year is awarded by the WVU Scholars Program; more than 5,000 students benefit from this program annually. In addition, there are many different types of scholarships available based on academic record, financial need, group affiliation, or some combination of these factors. In 2012, WVU students received over $380 million in financial aid-average aid per recipient is $9,800. West Virginia residents

eight experimental farms and four forests throughout the state, in addition to WVU Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp and Lifelong Learning Center near Weston. jacksonsmill.ext.wvu.edu/

LIBRARIES Five library facilities—Downtown Library Complex, Evansdale Library, Health Sciences Library, Law Library, and Libraries Depository—contain nearly 2.1 million volumes, 246 electronic databases, and more than 48,000 journal subscriptions, with access to 36 million volumes through a book-sharing consortium. Library staff offer in-person and online assistance. libraries. wvu.edu

may be eligible for the PROMISE scholarship. promisescholar-

VISITORS CENTER

ships.org/promise/ home.aspx

Located on the Morgantown Waterfront, the Visitors Center fea-

HONORS COLLEGE The WVU Honors College encourages a style of learning and living at WVU that is tailored to the highly motivated, excelling student’s special requirements. Innovative, challenging courses, designed to stimulate creativity and to provoke in-depth discussion, are offered in small class settings. Students may participate as Presidential Honors Scholars or Dean’s Honors

tures unique, cutting-edge displays and traditional West Virginia hospitality. Operating hours: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Saturday (closed Sundays and most University holidays). Guided tours with friendly knowledgeable student guides Monday-Friday at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., except home football Saturdays. Phone: 304-293-3489. visit.wvu.edu

Scholars; both options provide enhanced experiences. /honors.

ALUMNI

wvu.edu/

Chartered in 1873, the WVU Alumni Association is made up of

PARENTS CLUB The Mountaineer Parents Club, with more than 22,000 mem-

more than 185,000 graduates worldwide in some 60 foreign nations. alumni.wvu.edu

bers in clubs across the state and nation, fosters success by connecting parents and family members with the student experience. The organization sponsors events on and off-campus, has a newsletter, a toll-free helpline (1-800-WVU-0096), parent electronic news, and a Parent Perk program. Membership is free. parentsclub.wvu.edu

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TEAM RECORDS Baseball 33-26, 13-11 Big 12 Cross Country Fourth at Big 12 Championships; Fifth at Mid-Atlantic Regionals;

MOUNTAINEER

EXCELLENCE

One NCAA Qualifier Men’s Basketball 13-19, 6-12 Big 12 Women’s Basketball 17-14, 9-9 Big 12; NCAA First Round Football 7-6, 4-5 Big 12; 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl Gymnastics 13-9, 1-3 Big 12; NCAA Regionals Rowing Fourth at Big 12; Sixth at Conference USA Championship Men’s Soccer 9-6-2, 4-2-1 MAC Women’s Soccer 11-5-4, 7-0-1 Big 12; Big 12 Regular-Season Champions, NCAA First Round Men’s Swimming and Diving: Third at Big 12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Second at Big 12; Two NCAA Qualifiers Rifle 11-1, 5-1 GARC; GARC Champions; NCAA Champions Women’s Tennis 4-17, 0-9 Big 12 Women’s Track Indoor-10th Big 12; One NCAA Qualifier; Outdoor-Eighth Big 12; 9 NCAA Qualifiers Volleyball 8-22, 0-16 Big 12 Wrestling 2-13, 0-6 Big 12; One NCAA Qualifier • 73 First Team Academic All-Conference Selections • 239 Student-Athletes were named to the Fall Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

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NCAA CHAMPIONS Rifle Team Petra Zublasing, rifle; smallbore & air rifle

TEAM CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS • Women’s Soccer, Big 12 Regular-Season Champions • Rifle, GARC Postseason Champions

FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICANS • Tavon Austin, football

• Stedman Bailey, football • Taylor Ciotola, rifle • Meelis Kiisk, rifle • Mandie Nugent, swimming & diving • Maren Prediger, rifle • Garrett Spurgeon, rifle • Kelly Williams, track • Petra Zublasing, rifle

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COACHING

STAFF

Head Coach Jimmy King........................ 26 Assistant Coach Stacey Van Order........ 27 Assistant Coach Mandy Merritt.............. 27 Support Staff.......................................... 28

JIMMY KING Head Coach Sixth Season | Bucknell ‘90

Jimmy King enters his sixth season at the helm of the West Virginia University rowing program. King has made tremendous strides with the team since taking over leadership responsibility during 2007-08. Each season has seen steady improvement since then, with one of the most successful seasons coming this past racing year. The 2012-13 season began at the Oak ridge Cardinal Invitational on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Mountaineers, under King’s tutelage, secured a third-place finish in the varsity 8+ “A” race, and second and first place honors in the “B” and “C” heats, respectively. A week later, the varsity 8+ crew secured a first place finish against Alabama and UCF, with a time of 7:41.5. In mid-April at the Knecht Cup, WVU tallied two more top-10 finishes out of 34 crews in the varsity 8+, with the Mountaineers top-boat finishing in fifth with a mark of 6:49.14. Come championship season, WVU amassed 75 points for a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Championships in Kansas City, Kan. The varsity 8 crew continued its strong season, posting a third place finish, and boasting two All-Big 12 selections. The Mountaineers season ended at the Conference USA Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn., where WVU finished in sixth place, just one point behind Kansas. During the 2011-12 season, King guided multiple crews to top-10 finishes, as well as medal finishes, during the fall and spring seasons. At the fall season opening Head of the Ohio Regatta, four medals were earned, including first-place finishes by the Varsity 8+ and 4+ crews. At the Head of the Kanawha, King guided two shells to first-place finishes. Additionally, King guided the Varsity 4+ to a top-five finish at the Head of the Schuylkill and three medals at the Frostbite Regatta. During the course of the spring season, King oversaw the advancement of all four crews to the Knecht Cup Regatta Grand Finals for only the fourth time in program history, including two top-10 finishes. In 2010-11, King guided the team to several medals and top 10 finishes in both spring and fall regattas. During the season opening Head of the Ohio Regatta in Pittsburgh, King coached both the Varsity 8+ and one doubles shell to a gold medal, while coaching a second doubles shell to a silver medal. In addition, he led the Mountaineers to top 10 finishes in the Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ events at the prestigious and well-known Head of the Schuylkill the following weekend. Furthermore, he saw the Varsity 4+ ‘A’ crew medal for the third year in a row at the Head of the Occoquan, improving upon past years by taking home silver. Other notable performances included a silver medal finish by the Varsity 8+ at the Occoquan Sprints, a fifth-place finish at the Knecht Cup Regatta (only the second time in program history the Mountaineers have qualified for the Grand Finals) and a sixth-place finish at the Big East Championships (the first time since 2005 the Varsity 8+ has reached the Grand Finals at Big East. King’s success with the team is not limited to the water, as he also stresses the importance of academics. The 2010-11 season saw the emergence of the program’s second All-American, as senior Rachel Viglianco earned the honor twice, being named to the CoSIDA Capital One All-America Women’s at-Large second team, and to the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s All-America team. In addition, five rowers were honored by the CRCA as National Scholar-Athletes, with junior Shannon Gribbons named to the all-Mid Atlantic Region first team. Gribbons became the first rower from WVU to earn this honor. The 2009-10 season served as the foundation for success, as King developed the athletes that would lead the team the following season. Notable results included a third-place finish from the Varsity 8+ at the Head of the Ohio, and a first-place finish at the second annual Head of the Mon in the fall 26

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racing season. The spring season brought a first-place finish from the Varsity 8+ at North Carolina, a second-place finish at George Mason, a first-place finish in the petite final at the Big East Championships and a second-place finish in the petite finals at the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. King was also instrumental in implementing only the second ever Head of the Mon in the spring of 2009, a home regatta for the Mountaineers that included competition from Dayton, Duquesne and George Mason. Additionally, four members of the team were honored as CRCA National Scholar-Athletes. In his first two seasons as head coach, King saw great success with the Varsity 4+. Those years saw the crew place third and second at the Head of the Ohio, respectively, as well as earning a first-place finish at the Head of the Occoquan, a first-place finish at Dayton, a second-place finish at the Knecht Cup and a first-place finish in the petite finals at the Big East Championships. In addition, the Varsity 4+ crew placed fourth at the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta. Prior to his time with WVU, King spent the previous 10 years as the assistant rowing coach at Georgetown. There, he was responsible for directing the men’s heavyweight squad, and for the day-to-day running of the women’s heavyweight program. While at Georgetown, King also provided administrative support to the part-time coaches of the women’s lightweight program, having helped institute the lightweight program for the Hoyas in 1999. In 2001, while coaching the heavyweight squad at Georgetown, King served as coach of the U.S. National Team Lightweight Women’s Pair, which won the gold medal at the U.S. Rowing Championships in the Elite 2- and Lightweight 2-, and a silver medal at the FISA World Rowing Championships in the Women’s L2-. Before coaching at Georgetown, King served as coach for the men’s varsity crew squad at George Washington during 1996-97. He also served as the assistant coach and head coach of the men’s and women’s crew teams at Bucknell from 1990-96. King has also served as a coach for the Navy Rowing Camp each year since 2005. A six-day summer camp for girls ages 13-18, the camp places emphasis on technique development and personal improvement. He is a member of the CRCA and the U.S. Rowing Organization, where he is currently certified at level II. He also served as President of the Big East Coaches Association in 2010 and 2011, and previously served as Vice President of the Big East Coaches Association from April 2004-April 2006. King is a 1990 graduate of Bucknell, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a concentration in legal studies.

First Season | Ohio State ‘11

Mandy Merritt Assistant

Stacey Van Order Assistant Coach

Second Season | Eastern Michigan ‘08

Stacey Van Order came to Morgantown from the University of Delaware, where she had served as the assistant women’s rowing coach since 2011. While with the Blue Hens, she served as the head novice coach, created and executed training plans and coordinated all regatta entries. Van Order also recruited student-athletes and managed the team’s social media outlets. In her only season at Delaware, the Blue Hens finished sixth at the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Championships. The squad placed fifth in the Varsity Fours and Second Varsity Eights, and sixth in the Varsity Eights. Additionally, Rachel Conway was named to the All-CAA Team. Van Order also led the Novice 8+ to a fourth place finish at the Dad Vail Regatta.

Prior to joining the Delaware staff, Van Order worked at the Wyandotte Boat Club, in Wyandotte, Mich., throughout the summer of 2011, and served as the junior women’s coach and the head coach of “Youth Learn to Row.” Her duties included creating and executing training plans for the junior women, coordinating regatta entries for summer racing and running two, two-week sessions of “Youth Learn to Row.” A four-year member (2004-08) of the Eastern Michigan rowing team, Van Order earned the Eagles’ Varsity of the Year Award as a senior. As a graduate assistant for the EMU squad from 2008-11, she served as the recruiting coordinator and coached the novice team. Van Order also conducted try-outs for walk-ons and created and executed workouts. Van Order is a US Rowing Level III certified coach. A native of Battle Creek, Mich., Van Order earned a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning from EMU in 2008. She is currently working toward a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from EMU.

Mandy Merritt joins the West Virginia University rowing staff after spending the past two years at Ohio State University as a volunteer assistant coach for the Buckeyes’ rowing team. While a volunteer assistant coach, Merritt oversaw on-campus recruiting and gave instruction on both water and land rowing technique. Merritt also served as a camp instructor for Buckeye Sports Camps, where she gave instruction on proper rowing form. Prior to coaching at OSU, Merritt was a three-time varsity letterwinner for the Buckeyes’ rowing team. She garnered Academic All-Big Ten accolades on three occasions and was the recipient of the Golden Buckeye Award. Merritt served as the team captain and was a member of the Leadership Committee. Merritt graduated from OSU in June 2011 with bachelor degrees in strategic communication and cultural studies.

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Allison Hetrick

Hannah Roudebush

Jerry Handley

Jill Weston

Bubba Schmidt

Scott Herdzik

Athletic Trainer

Athletic Training Graduate Assistant

Assistant Director, Student-Athlete Academic Services

Dr. Matt Lively Medical Director

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Jon Hevron

Strength Coach

Assistant Equipment Manager

Sports Communications Graduate Assistant

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Name Allison Arnold Alexandra Basil Megan Brophy Alisha Brownfield Sierra Caswell Whitney Chrisman Alison Coates Rachel Cokeley Mary Kaitlyn Cook Lisa Deklau Emily Deming Brianna Dendler Sarah Dodd Elizabeth Duarte Addie Dulaney Kaitlyn Eason Rebecca Fish Mallory Fisher Audrey Geise Sara Griswold Megan Haefele Abigail Harris Susannah Hartlove Taylor Herto Marika Hoskins Jacqueline Hunter Jessica Hurlbert Brittany James Madison James Sadie Kalathunkal Elizabeth Kantak Kelly Kramer Anna Kretzer Morgan Leach Caitlin Madamba Erika Mall Kimberlie May Emily McGrath Christina Mehrtens Louisa Morgan Caroline Mullins Hannah Onians Emma Preston Allyson Pytlak Emily Reinmann Tamyra Roberts Mollie Rosen Victoria Rothenhoefer Bethany Sapen Courtney Schrand Melinda Sharon Summer Socha Sarah Taylor Karen Verwey Kendra Welker Olivia White

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Hometown Morgantown, W.Va. Wellsburg, W.Va. Randolph, N.J. Barboursville, W.Va. Clarks Summit, Pa. San Jose, Calif. Leesburg, Va. Harrisville, W.Va. Charleston, W.Va. Gambrills, Md. Nokomis, Fla. Galloway, N.J. Charles Town, W.Va. Morgantown, W.Va. Port Charlotte, Fla. Dauphin, Pa. Kennett Square, Pa. Smyrna, Del. Allentown, Pa. Newtown, Pa. Manassas, Va. Havertown, Pa. Ephrata, Pa. Bruceton Mills, W.Va. Eugene, Ore. Alpharetta, Ga. Stanley, Va. Englewood, N.J. Poway, Calif. Pittsburgh, Pa. Sandy Spring, Ga. Lakewood, Ohio Midlothian, Va. Virginia Beach, Va. Mays Landing, N.J. Hawley, Pa. Grand Junction, Colo. Reynoldsburg, Ohio Hillsborough, N.J. Blenheim New Zealand Louisville, Ky. Alpharetta, Ga. Brooktondale, N.Y. North Royalton, Ohio Avon Lake, Ohio Vineland, N.J. Bethesda, Md. Frederick, Md. Harrisburg, Pa. Virginia Beach, Va. Hopkinton, Mass. Brick, N.J. Martinsburg, W.Va. Te Puke New Zealand Ridgeley, W.Va. Great Falls, Va.

High School Morgantown HS Brooke HS Randolph HS Cabell Midland HS Abington Heights HS Leigh HS Loudoun County HS Ritchie County HS Capital HS Arundel HS Pine View School Absegami HS Wheeling Park HS Morgantown HS Cardinal Mooney Catholic HS Central Dauphin East HS Unionville HS Smyrna HS William Allen HS Council Rock HS North Osbourne Park HS Merion Mercy Academy Ephrata HS Lighthouse Christian Academy South Eugene HS Chattahoochee HS Page County HS Paramus Catholic HS Poway HS Upper St. Clair HS St. Pius X Catholic HS Magnificat HS Clover Hill HS First Colonial HS Holy Spirit HS Wallenpaupack HS Palisade HS Bishop Hartley HS Hillsborough HS Marlborough Girls’ College Seneca HS Saint Francis HS Ithaca SHS North Royalton HS Magnificat HS Vineland HS Walter Johnson HS Middletown HS Central Dauphin First Colonial HS Tolland HS Monsignor Donovan HS Martinsburg HS St. Peter’s School Frankfort HS Langley HS

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Daughter of William and Maria Arnold Has one brother and one sister Birthday is July 14 Majoring in civil engineering Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

• Coxed the First Varsity 4+ crew to a thirdplace finish against Alabama and UCF • Piloted the Third Varsity 8+ to fifth place at the Big 12 Championship

At West Virginia (2011-12)

• Contributed as coxswain • During the fall season, coxed the Novice 4+ ‘A’ crew to a silver medal at the Head of the Occoquan and the Novice 8+ crew to a second-place finish in Flight One at the Philadelphia Frostbite • Led the Novice 4+ crew to the Grand Final of the Knecht Cup, where it finished sixth out of 47 crews overall • Coxed the Second Varsity 4+ to a second-place finish at North Carolina, a thirdplace finish in the Petite Final at the Notre Dame Invitational and a fourth-place finish at the Big East Championship

Megan Brophy Freshman

• Attended Morgantown High • Member of the tennis team • Member of the National Honor Society and Key Club

At West Virginia (2012-13)

Hometown: Randolph, N.J. High School: Randolph High School

Prep

Alexandra Basil Junior

• Led the Third Varsity 8+ crew to a second-place finish against Connecticut and Bucknell • Was the coxswain of the Second Novice 4+ crew at the Knecht Cup and Third Novice 4+ at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational • Coxed the Novice 4+ ‘A’ and Novice 8+ ‘B’ crews during the fall season at the Head of the Occoquan and Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta • Academic All-Big 12 First Team

Hometown: Wellsburg, W.Va. High School: Brooke

Allison Arnold Senior

Hometown: Morgantown, W.Va High School: Morgantown

At West Virginia (2012-13)

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Coached by Rob Welsh Attended Randolph High School Captain of swim team Captain of crew team Captain of field hockey team

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Daughter of Thomas and Colleen Brophy Has one brother Birthday is Sept. 30 Majoring in forensic and investigative science

Prep

• Attended Brooke High • Member of varsity soccer team; OVAC Champions • Recipient of OVAC academic award • National Honor Society

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Daughter of Lonnie and Debbie Chrisman Has three sisters Birthday is April 10 Majoring in speech pathology Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

• Earned a fifth at the Big 12 Championship in Varsity 4+ competition • Placed fifth in the Varsity 4+ Petite Final at the Conference USA Championship • Earned 10th out of 31 entries at the Knecht Cup as part of the Second Varsity 8+ • Rowed to a third-place finish as part of the First Varsity 4+ against Alabama and UCF • Coxed the Novice 4+ ‘B’ and Novice 8+ ‘A’ crews during the fall season at the Head of the Occoquan and Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta • During the fall season, earned a first-place finish at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta as part of the Novice 8+ ‘A’ crew

• Finished fifth at the Big 12 Championship in Varsity 4+ competition • Placed fifth in the Varsity 4+ Petite Final at the Conference USA Championship • During the fall season, rowed as part of Varsity 8+ ‘B’ and Varsity 4+ ‘B’ crews

At West Virginia (2011-12)

• Attended Loudoun County High • Member of the softball team

Personal

Prep

• Attended Francis Marion University

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Daughter of John and Susan Coates Has one brother and one sister Birthday is May 29 Majoring in sport and exercise psychology Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

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At West Virginia (2012-13)

• Earned a silver medal at the Head of the Occoquan in the Novice 4+ event while also racing to a sixth-place finish in Novice 8+ competition • Finished in second place in Flight One at the Philadelphia Frostbite in the Novice 8+ event • Raced as a member of the Second Varsity 8+ crew during the spring season, placing third at North Carolina, second in the Petite Final at the Occoquan Sprints, Notre Dame Invitational and Big East Championship, and racing to a fifth-place finish in the Third Final at the Knecht Cup • Team Most Improved Award (Novice)

Prior to West Virginia (2011-12)

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At West Virginia (2012-13)

Hometown: Harrisville, W.Va. High School: Ritchie County

Attended Leigh High School Honor Roll for four years Recipient of the President’s Award Captain of soccer team Oakland Spring Sprints 4+ ‘A’ first place and 8+ ‘A’ second place • Head of Estuary 8 ‘A’ first place

Alison Coates Junior

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Hometown: Leesburg, Va. High School: Loudon County

Whitney Chrisman Freshman

Hometown: San Jose, Calif. High School: Leigh High School

Prep

• Attended Ritchie County High • Member of varsity track, cross country and basketball teams • Qualified for state track meet (2007-10) • Qualified for state cross country meet (2006-07)

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Daughter of Edward and Gail Cokeley Has three sisters Birthday is June 3 Majoring in animal and nutrition sciences WVU Honors College FCA Suncrest UMC college ministry Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll

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Daughter of Rick and Karen Cook Has two sisters Birthday is July 24 Majoring in agribusiness management and rural development • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

• Was part of the First Varsity 8+ crew that earned Conference USA Boat of the Week honors after its fifth-place finish out of 34 crews at the Knecht Cup • Was part of the First Varsity 8+ crew that earned Big 12 Boat of the Week and Conference USA Boat of the Week honors for its first-place finish against Alabama and UCF • Rowed to a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship as part of the First Varsity 8+ • Earned a fifth-place finish at the Conference USA Championship as part of the First Varsity 8+ • Contributed to the Varsity 8+ ‘A’ and ‘B’ crews during the fall season, including a fourth-place finish by the ‘A’ crew at the Head of the Ohio Regatta • Academic All-Big 12 First Team • ERG Hammer Award (Varsity)

Emily Deming Freshman

• Attended Capital High • Member of the golf, soccer and swimming teams • Member of the National Honor Society • Was the Student Body President

At West Virginia (2012-13)

Hometown: Nokomis, Fla. High School: Pine View School

Prep

Lisa Deklau Junior

• Rowed the Third Varsity 8+ to a placement of fifth at the Big 12 Championship • Was part of a crew that placed third in the Open 4+ competition at the Conference USA Championship • Earned a first-place finish as part of the Third Varsity 8+ crew at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational • Posted a second-place finish against Bucknell, Connecticut and Delaware as part of the Third Varsity 8+ crew • Earned a third-place finish as part of the First Varsity 4+ against Alabama and UCF

Hometown: Gambrills, Md. High School: Arundel

M. Kaitlyn Cook Junior

Hometown: Charleston, W.Va. High School: Capital

At West Virginia (2012-13)

Prep

• Coached by Randy Higel • Attended Pine View School • Captain of the Sarasota Scullers from 201213 • Sarasota Scullers head coxswain from 2011-13 • Competed at club nationals with the Southeast Juniors rowing development camp

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Daughter of Michael and Wendy Deming Father played football at Fulman University Has one brother Birthday is April 10 Majoring in psychology Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

At West Virginia (2011-12)

• Rowed to a sixth-place finish at the Head of the Occoquan and to a second-place finish in Flight One at the Philadelphia Frostbite as a member of the Novice 8+ crew • Raced as a member of the Second Varsity 8+ crew during the spring season, placing third at North Carolina, second in the Petite Final at the Occoquan Sprints, Notre Dame Invitational and Big East Championship, and racing to a fifth-place finish in the Third Final at the Knecht Cup • Team MVP and Team Erg Hammer Award (Novice)

Prep

• Attended Arundel High • Captain of varsity swimming team (2010-11) • Member of varsity swimming team (2007-11)

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Daughter of Erik and Ellen Deklau Has one brother Birthday is Feb. 12 Majoring in sport exercise and psychology Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll 2014 ROWING

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Elizabeth Duarte Junior

Hometown: Morgantown, W.Va. High School: Morgantown

Sarah Dodd Junior

Hometown: Wheeling, W.Va. High School: Wheeling Park

• Earned a second-place finish in Flight One at the Philadelphia Frostbite in Novice 8+ competition • Raced as a member of the Second Varsity 8+ crew during the spring season, placing third at North Carolina, second in the Petite Final at the Occoquan Sprints, and fifth in the Third Final at the Knecht Cup • Also competed as a member of the Varsity 4+ crew, placing first in the Petite Final at the Notre Dame Invitational and second in the Petite Final at the Big East Championship

Prep

At West Virginia (2012-13)

• Contributed as coxswain • Led the Second Varsity 4+ crew to a fourthplace finish at the Big 12 Championship • Earned a first-place finish as part of the Third Varsity 8+ crew at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational • Earned second in the Second Varsity 4+ competition against Alabama and UCF • During the fall season, earned a first-place finish at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta as part of the Novice 8+ ‘A’ crew • Academic All-Big 12 First Team

Prep

• Attended Wheeling Park High • Member of the cross country, basketball, softball and track teams

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Daughter of Jeffrey and Susan Dodd Has one brother and a twin sister Birthday is September 17 Majoring in exercise physiology Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

ELIZABETH DUARTE BRIANNA DENDLER

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At West Virginia (2012-13)

• Was part of Second Varsity 8+ crew that earned Conference USA Boat of the Week honors for their two first-place finishes against Bucknell, Connecticut and Delaware • Helped lead the Second Varsity 8+ crew to a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship • Took fifth at the Conference USA Championship as part of the Second Varsity 8+ • Earned 10th out of 31 entries at the Knecht Cup as part of the Second Varsity 8+ • Placed third in Second Varsity 8+ competition against Alabama and UCF • During the fall season, rowed as part of the Varsity 4+ ‘C’ crew • Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete • Most Improved (Varsity)

At West Virginia (2011-12)

• Raced to a seventh-place finish at the Head of the Occoquan in the Novice 4+ event while also racing to a sixth-place finish in Novice 8+ competition.

• Attended Morgantown High • Captain of cross country and track teams • Four-year letterwinner in cross country and track • Competed at states as member of cross country team (2007, 2008, 2010) • Also qualified for states in track (2009) • Honor Roll • National Honor Society Officer • Key Club Officer • French Honor Society • Science Honor Society

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Daughter of John and Kelly Duarte Has one sister Birthday is July 30 Majoring in biology Mother was a WVU rower (1983-84) Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll Academic All-Big 12 First Team

• Took fourth at the Big 12 Championship as part of the Second Varsity 4+ • Earned second in the Second Varsity 4+ competition against Alabama and UCF • Earned a first-place finish as part of the Third Varsity 8+ crew at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational • During the fall season, rowed as part of the Varsity 4+ ‘C’ crew

Prep

At West Virginia (2011-12)

• Attended Cardinal Mooney Catholic High • Member of the cross country and basketball teams

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Daughter of Jaimela Dulaney Is an only child Birthday is May 21 Majoring in exercise physiology

• Raced to a sixth-place finish at the Head of the Occoquan, and to a second-place finish in Flight One at the Philadelphia Frostbite in Novice 8+ competition • Rowed to a first-place finish in the Novice 4+ event at the Occoquan Sprints • Advanced to the Grand Final at the Knecht Cup as a member of the Novice 4+ crew, ultimately placing sixth out of 47 total teams • Placed third in the Petite Final at the Notre Dame Invitational, and fourth at the Big East Championship as a member of the Second Varsity 4+ crew

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Attended Central Dauphin East Member of National Honor Society Earned President’s Volunteer Award COA National Champions Member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes

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Daughter of Jeff and Peggy Eason Has two brothers and one sister Birthday is Nov. 25 Majoring in communication studies Brother, Kyle, was a WVU wrestler (2007-12) Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

Mallory Fisher Senior

At West Virginia (2012-13)

• Rowed the Third Varsity 8+ to a placement of fifth at the Big 12 Championship • Earned a second-place finish against Bucknell, Connecticut and Delaware as part of the Third Varsity 8+ crew • Earned a first-place finish as part of the Third Varsity 8+ crew at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational • Most Improved (Novice)

Hometown: Smyrna, Del. High School: Smyrna

Kaitlyn Eason Junior

Hometown: Dauphin, Pa. High School: Central Dauphin East

Addie Dulaney Senior

Hometown: Port Charlotte, Fla. High School: Cardinal Mooney Catholic

At West Virginia (2012-13)

At West Virginia (2012-13)

• Was part of the First Varsity 8+ crew that earned Conference USA Boat of the Week honors after its fifth-place finish out of 34 crews at the Knecht Cup • Was part of the First Varsity 8+ crew that earned Big 12 Boat of the Week and Conference USA Boat of the Week honors for its first-place finish against Alabama and UCF • Earned a fifth-place finish at the Conference USA Championship as part of the First Varsity 8+ • During the fall season, placed fifth at the Head of the Ohio Regatta as part of the Varsity 8+ ‘B’ crew • Academic All-Big 12 Second Team

At West Virginia (2011-12)

• Led the Varsity 4+ ‘C’ crew to a second-place finish in Flight Three at the Philadelphia Frostbite • Coxed the Varsity 8+ crew to a sixth-place finish in the Grand Final at the Occoquan Sprints, to a fourth-place finish in the Petite Final at the Knecht Cup, to a first-place finish in the Petite Final at the Notre Dame Invitational, and to a second-place finish in the Petite Final at the Big East Championship

At West Virginia (2010-11)

• Contributed as coxswain • Led Varsity 8+ to a fifth-place finish at the Knecht Cup; only the second time WVU has ever raced in the Grand Finals at the Knecht Cup Regatta • Led Varsity 8+ to a second-place finish in the petite finals at the Dad Vail Regatta, and to a sixth-place finish at the Big East Championship

Prep

• Attended Smyrna High • Earned second team All-Henlopen Conference honors in field hockey

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Daughter of Frank Fisher and Dawn Casey Has two brothers and three sisters Birthday is June 4 Majoring in exercise physiology Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll Member of Phi Sigma Theta Honor Society Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll 2014 ROWING

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Daughter of Jeff and Amy Harris Has six brothers Birthday is July 19 Majoring in psychology

• Earned fifth at the Big 12 Championship in Varsity 4+ competition • Placed fifth in the Varsity 4+ Petite Final at the Conference USA Championship • Rowed to a third-place finish as part of the First Varsity 4+ against Alabama and UCF • Against Bucknell, Connecticut and Delaware, rowed to a second-place finish as part of the First Varsity 4+ crew • During the fall season, earned a first-place finish at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta as part of the Novice 8+ ‘A’ crew • Team MVP and ERG Hammer Award (Novice) • Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team

Prep

• Attended Ephrata High • Member of the basketball team • Member of the German National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society

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Daughter of Robert and Geri Hartlove Has three brothers and two sisters Birthday is July 18 Majoring in agribusiness management and rural development

Jessica Hurlbert Senior

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At West Virginia (2012-13)

Hometown: Stanley, Va. High School: Page County

Personal

Susannah Hartlove Sophomore

• Coached by Mike Brown • Attended Merion Mercy Academy • Finished in eighth place at 2013 youth nationals in the lightweight 8 • Finished in third place at the 2013 Stotesbury Cup in the lightweight 8+ • Finished in second place at 2013 Nationals in the lightweight 8+ • Finished in third place in 2013 city championships in the lightweight 8+ • Finished in first place in the 2013 Navy Day and Miami International Regatta in the varsity 8+

Hometown: Ephrata, Pa. High School: Ephrata

Abigail Harris Freshman

Hometown: Havertown, Pa. High School: Merion Mercy Academy

Prep

At West Virginia (2012-13)

• Was part of the First Varsity 8+ crew that earned Conference USA Boat of the Week honors after its fifth-place finish out of 34 crews at the Knecht Cup • Was part of the First Varsity 8+ crew that earned Big 12 Boat of the Week and Conference USA Boat of the Week honors for its first-place finish against Alabama and UCF • Rowed to a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship as part of the First Varsity 8+ • Earned a fifth-place finish at the Conference USA Championship as part of the First Varsity 8+ • During the fall season, notched two medal-winning performances at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta

At West Virginia (2011-12)

• Won a gold medal at the Head of the Ohio in Varsity 8+ competition, finishing first of 11 crews • Also posted a first-place finish in the Varsity 8+ event at the Head of the Kanawha • Competed in the Varsity 4+ ‘C’ crew at the Head of the Schuylkill, also placing second in that event in Flight Three at the Philadelphia Frostbite

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Madison James Freshman

Hometown: Poway, Calif. High School: Poway High School

Brittany James Sophomore

Hometown: Englewood, N.J. High School: Paramus Catholic

• Raced as a member of the Varsity 8+ during the spring season, placing second at North Carolina and advancing to the Grand Final at the Occoquan Sprints where the crew finished sixth • Also raced as a member of the Second Varsity 8+ crew, placing fifth in the Grand Final at the Knecht Cup, second in the Petite Final at the Notre Dame Invitational and second in the Petite Final at the Big East Championship • Earned Team MVP Award (Varsity)

At West Virginia (2010-11)

• Captured first place in the Novice 4+ ‘A’ boat at the Knecht Cup; honored as a member of the Big East Boat of the Week for Knecht Cup performance • Captured a third-place finish in the second Varsity 8+ at the Occoquan Sprints, and a fourth-place finish in the petite finals at the Knecht Cup • Rowed to a sixth-place finish in Varsity 4+ ‘A’ boat at the Big East Championship

At West Virginia (2012-13)

• Contributed as coxswain • In open 4+ competition at the Conference USA Championship, led the 4+ ‘B’ crew to a third-place finish in the Petite Final • During the fall, coxed the Novice 8+ ‘A’ crew at the Head of the Occoquan Regatta

Prep

Prep

Personal

Personal

• Attended Page County High • Varsity soccer and cross country team captain during junior and senior years • • • • • • • •

Daughter of Dan and Sally Hurlbert Has one brother Birthday is June 8 Majoring in exercise physiology Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll Academic All-Big 12 Second Team

• Attended Paramus Catholic High • Member of the swimming and track & field teams • • • •

Daughter of Stephen James and Paula Pope Has one brother and one sister Birthday is December 8 Majoring in exercise physiology

Prep

• Coached by Susan Francia • Attended Poway High School • Four-year varsity letter winner in track and field • Two-time MVP in track and field • Three tie Union Tribune All-Academic Team member • U.S. Powerlifting Association “Lifter of the Year” in 2010 • World Champion/world record holder in powerlifting • Rowed in the Southwest Regionals and San Diego Crew Classic in 2013 • Member of the National Honor Society

Personal

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Daughter of Guy and Heidi James Mother rowed for University of Wisconsin Has two brothers Brother played Rugby for UCLA Birthday is March 27 Majoring in nursing Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

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Attended St. Pius X Catholic Rowed for St. Andrew Rowing Club Earned Most Improved Oarswoman in 2010 Earned Coaches Award in 2012

Kelly Kramer Junior

• Named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year • Was part of the First Varsity 8+ crew that earned Conference USA Boat of the Week honors after its fifth-place finish out of 34 crews at the Knecht Cup • Was part of the First Varsity 8+ crew that earned Big 12 Boat of the Week and Conference USA Boat of the Week honors for its first-place finish against Alabama and UCF • Rowed to a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship as part of the First Varsity 8+ • Earned a fifth-place finish at the Conference USA Championship as part of the First Varsity 8+ • During the fall season, rowed to two medal-winning performances at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta with the Varsity 8+ ‘A’ and Varsity 4+ ‘A’ crews • Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team

Hometown: Lakewood, Ohio High School: Magnificat

Elizabeth Kantak Sophomore

Hometown: Sandy Springs, Ga. High School: St. Pius X Catholic

At West Virginia (2012-13)

At West Virginia (2012-13)

• Was part of the First Varsity 8+ crew that earned Conference USA Boat of the Week honors after its fifth-place finish out of 34 crews at the Knecht Cup • Was part of the First Varsity 8+ crew that earned Big 12 Boat of the Week and Conference USA Boat of the Week honors for its first-place finish against Alabama and UCF • Rowed to a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship as part of the First Varsity 8+ • Earned a fifth-place finish at the Conference USA Championship as part of the First Varsity 8+ • Earned two medals at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta while competing with the Varsity 8+ ‘A’ and Varsity 4+ ‘A’ crew • Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete • Academic All-Big 12 First Team • Iron Mountaineer

At West Virginia (2011-12)

• Won a gold medal at the Head of the Ohio in Varsity 8+ competition, finishing first out of 11 overall crews • Also posted a first-place finish in the Varsity 8+ event at the Head of the Kanawha • Raced as a member of the Varsity 4+ ‘B’ crew at the Head of the Schuylkill and the Philadelphia Frostbite • Also raced in doubles competition at the Philadelphia Frostbite, crossing the line in second place • Rowed as a member of the Varsity 8+ during the spring season, placing second at North Carolina, sixth at the Occoquan Sprints, fourth in the Petite Final at the Knecht Cup, first in the Petite Final at the Notre Dame Invitational and second in the Petite Final at the Big East Championship

Prep

• Attended Magnificat High • Four-year member of high school swim team and club rowing team • Won Most Improved Award in 2010, and the Coaches Award in 2011 for swim team • Earned Most Valuable Rower in 2010 • Four-year academic high honor roll member • Campus Ministry hospitality minister • Member of SADD

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Daughter of Brian and Regina Kramer Has one brother and one sister Birthday is May 12 Majoring in chemical engineering Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll

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Daughter of Gregg and Donna Kantak Is an only child Birthday is Jan. 14 Majoring in art and design Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll

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At West Virginia (2011-12)

• Led the Varsity 8+ to a gold-medal finish at the Head of the Ohio and to a second-place finish in Flight Three at the Philadelphia Frostbite • Coxed the Varsity 4+ ‘A’ crew to a fifth-place finish at the Head of the Schuylkill and the Varsity 4+ ‘C’ crew to a second-place finish in Flight Three at the Philadelphia Frostbite • Paced the Varsity 4+ to a first-place finish at North Carolina

Christina Mehrtens Senior

• Coxed the Varsity 4+ crew to a fifth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship • Placed fifth in the Varsity 4+ Petite Final at the Conference USA Championship • Earned third place in Second Varsity 8+ competition against Alabama and UCF • Coxed the Varsity 4+ ‘C’ and Varsity 8+ ‘A’ crews during the fall season • Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete • Academic All-Big 12 First Team

Hometown: Hillsborough, N.J. High School: Hillsborough

Morgan Leach Senior

Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va. High School: First Colonial

At West Virginia (2012-13)

• Led the Second Varsity 8+ to a second-place finish in the Petite Final at the Notre Dame Invitational and the Big East Championship • Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete

At West Virginia (2010-11)

• Contributed as coxswain • Led crew to a first-place finish in the Novice 4+ ‘A’ boat at the Knecht Cup; honored as a member of the Big East Boat of the Week for Knecht Cup performance • Also led Varsity 4+ at the Occoquan Sprints and the Head of the Schuylkill, and to a sixthplace finish at the Big East Championship • Led Novice 4+ to a fifth-place finish at the Dad Vail Regatta

Prep

• Attended First Colonial High • Member of the rowing team under coach Lester Fabiszewski • Competed at SRAA nationals in 2007, 2008 and 2010 • Placed 10th in the Varsity 8+ event at nationals in 2008 • Academic Principal’s List • National Honor Society • Mu Alpha Theta

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Daughter of Mark and Linda Leach Has one sister Majoring in occupational therapy Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Big East Academic All-Star Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll

At West Virginia (2012-13)

• Did not compete in varsity action

At West Virginia (2011-12)

• Rowed to a gold medal finish at the Head of the Ohio as a member of the Varsity 8+ crew • Finished first in the Varsity 8+ at the Head of the Kanawha • Placed 18th at the Head of the Schuylkill as a member of the Varsity 4+ ‘C’ crew • Team Flame Award (Varsity)

At West Virginia (2010-11)

• Captured first place in the Novice 4+ ‘A’ boat at the Knecht Cup; honored as a member of the Big East Boat of the Week for Knecht Cup performance • Helped row the Varsity 4+ ‘A’ boat to a sixthplace finish at the Big East Championship • Member of the Novice 4+ that finished fifth at the Dad Vail Regatta

Prep

• Attended Hillsborough High • Captain of basketball and volleyball teams senior year

Personal

MORGAN LEACH

• Daughter of Joseph and Bernadette Mehrtens • Has two brothers and three sisters • Birthday is Sept. 17 • Majoring in physical education-teacher education • Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll • Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll

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• Rowed the Third Varsity 8+ to fifth place at the Big 12 Championship • Was part of a crew that placed third in the Open 4+ competition at the Conference USA Championship • Earned second in the Second Varsity 4+ competition against Alabama and UCF • Posted a second-place finish against Bucknell, Connecticut and Delaware as part of the Third Varsity 8+ crew • During the fall season, earned a first-place finish at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta as part of the Novice 8+ ‘A’ crew • Flame Award (Novice) • Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team

Prep

• Attended Seneca High • Member of the soccer and track teams • National Honor Society

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Allyson Pytlak Sophomore

• Daughter of Bruce Morgan and Janelle O’Keeffe • Has two brothers • Birthday is April 9 • Majoring in civil engineering • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

At West Virginia (2012-13)

Hometown: North Royalton, Ohio High School: North Royalton

Personal

Caroline Mullins Sophomore

• Coached by Dave Williamson • Attended Marlborough Girls’ College • Won National Women’s Novice 8+ title with the Wairau Rowing Club

Hometown: Louisville, Ky. High School: Seneca

Louisa Morgan Freshman

Hometown: Blenheim, New Zealand High School: Marlborough Girls’ College

Prep

At West Virginia (2012-13)

• Rowed the Third Varsity 8+ to a placement of fifth at the Big 12 Championship • Earned a first-place finish as part of the Third Varsity 8+ crew at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational • During the fall season, participated in the Head of the Occoquan Regatta as part of the Novice 4+ ‘B’ and Novice 8+ ‘A’ crews • Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team

Prep

• Attended North Royalton High • Member of the soccer team • National Honor Society

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Daughter of Mark and Kim Pytlak Has two brothers Birthday is January 7 Enrolled in pre-nursing Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

Daughter of Michael and Susan Mullins Has one brother and one sister Birthday is May 25 Majoring in exercise physiology

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Bethany Sapen Junior

Hometown: Harrisburg, Pa. High School: Central Dauphin

Mollie Rosen Senior

Hometown: Bethesda, Md. High School: Walter Johnson

Tamyra Roberts Senior

Hometown: Vineland, N.J. High School: Vineland

At West Virginia (2012-13)

At West Virginia (2012-13)

At West Virginia (2012-13)

At West Virginia (2011-12)

At West Virginia (2011-12)

At West Virginia (2011-12)

At West Virginia (2010-11)

At West Virginia (2010-11)

• Was part of Second Varsity 8+ crew that earned Conference USA Boat of the Week honors for their two first-place finishes against Bucknell and Delaware • Helped lead the Second Varsity 8+ crew to a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship • Took fifth at the Conference USA Championship as part of the Second Varsity 8+ • Placed third in Second Varsity 8+ competition against Alabama and UCF • During the fall season, competed with the Varsity 8+ ‘B’ crew at the Head of the Ohio Regatta and the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta • Academic All-Big 12 Second Team • Rowed as member of the Varsity 4+ during the spring season • Earned a first-place finish at North Carolina and a fourth-place finish at the Occoquan Sprints • Took first place in the Third Final at the Knecht Cup and in the Petite Final at the Notre Dame Invitational • Placed second in the Petite Final at the Big East Championship • Participated as a member of the Varsity 4+ at the Occoquan Sprints and the Knecht Cup • Placed sixth in the Varsity 4+ at the Big East Championship • Finished fifth in the Novice 4+ at the Dad Vail Regatta

• Was part of Second Varsity 8+ crew that earned Conference USA Boat of the Week Honors for their two first-place finishes against Bucknell and Delaware • Helped lead the Second Varsity 8+ crew to a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship • Took fifth at the Conference USA Championship as part of the Second Varsity 8+ • Earned 10th out of 31 entries at the Knecht Cup as part of the Second Varsity 8+ • Earned a first-place finish during the fall season at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta with the Varsity 4+ ‘A’ crew • Academic All-Big 12 First Team • Earned a first-place finish as a member of the Varsity 4+ ‘B’ crew in Flight Three at the Philadelphia Frostbite • A member of the Second Varsity 8+ during the spring season, placing second in the Petite Final at the Occoquan Sprints, fifth in the Third Final at the Knecht Cup, second in the Petite Final at the Notre Dame Invitational and second in the Petite Final at the Big East Championship • Helped row the Varsity 4+ ‘B’ crew to a bronze medal finish at the Big East Championship • Member of the Varsity 4+ at the Occoquan Sprints and the Knecht Cup • Placed fifth in the Novice 4+ at the Big East Championship

• Was part of Second Varsity 8+ crew that earned Conference USA Boat of the Week Honors for their two first-place finishes against Bucknell and Delaware • Took fifth at the Conference USA Championship as part of the Second Varsity 8+ • Helped lead the Second Varsity 8+ crew to a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship • Earned 10th out of 31 entries at the Knecht Cup as part of the Second Varsity 8+ • Placed third in Second Varsity 8+ competition against Alabama and UCF • Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete • Rowed as a member of the Novice 4+ ‘B’ AND Novice 8+ ‘B’ crew at the Head of the Occoquan • Also participated as a member of the Novice 8+ ‘B’ crew at the Head of the Occoquan • Took third in Flight Two of the Novice 8+ event at the Philadelphia Frostbite • Earned a first-place finish as a member of the Novice 4+ crew at North Carolina • Advanced to the Grand Final of the Novice 4+ event at the Knecht Cup, ultimately placing sixth out of 47 total crews • Rowed in the Second Varsity 4+ at the Notre Dame Invitational and Big East Championship, finishing third in the Petite Final and fourth in the Grand Final, respectively

Prep

Prep

Prep

• Attended Walter Johnson High

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Personal

• Attended Vineland High • • • • • • •

Daughter of Brenda Roberts Has one sister Birthday is Oct. 17 Majoring in multidisciplinary studies Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll

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Daughter of Larry and Cathy Rosen Is an only child Birthday is Feb. 4 Majoring in elementary education Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll

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Attended Central Dauphin High Member of National Honor Society Recipient of President’s Award Recipient of Robert Houpt Award Daughter of Brent and Tracie Sapen Has one brother and two sisters Birthday is April 8 Majoring in nursing Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll Academic All-Big 12 First Team 2014 ROWING

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At West Virginia (2011-12)

• Won a gold medal at the Head of the Ohio as a member of the Varsity 8+ crew; also placed first as a member of the Varsity 4+ ‘C’ crew • Placed third in singles competition at the Head of the Kanawha • Earned a fifth-place finish at the Head of the Schuylkill with the Varsity 4+ ‘A’ crew • Participated in three events at the Philadelphia Frostbite, placing third in doubles competition, first in the Varsity 4+ ‘A’ crew in Flight Two, and second in the Varsity 8+ in Flight Three • Raced as a member of the Varsity 8+ crew during the spring season, placing second at North Carolina, sixth in the Grand Final at the Occoquan Sprints, fourth in the Petite Final at the Knecht Cup, first in the Petite Final at 42

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Melinda Sharon Senior

• Was part of the First Varsity 8+ crew that earned Conference USA Boat of the Week honors after its fifth-place finish out of 34 crews at the Knecht Cup • Was part of the First Varsity 8+ crew that earned Big 12 Boat of the Week and Conference USA Boat of the Week honors for its first-place finish against Alabama and UCF • Earned a fifth-place finish at the Conference USA Championship as part of the First Varsity 8+ • Rowed to a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship as part of the First Varsity 8+ • Helped lead the First Varsity 8+ crew to a thirdplace finish at the Big 12 Championship; was named All-Big 12 First Team for her efforts • During the fall season, earned three medals at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta while competing in open doubles with Mary Ignatiadis, Varsity 4+ and Varsity 8+ • Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete • Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic All-Region Second Team • Academic All-Big 12 First Team • Conference USA All-Academic Team • Team Captain

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Hometown: Hopkinton, Mass. High School: Tolland

Courtney Schrand Senior

Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va. High School: First Colonial

At West Virginia (2012-13)

the Notre Dame Invitational and second in the Petite Final at the Big East Championship Was just the second rower in WVU history to be named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-Mid Atlantic Region First Team All-Big East First Team Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete Team MVP (Varsity)

At West Virginia (2010-11)

• Member of Varsity 8+ that took first at the Head of the Ohio, seventh at the Head of the Schuylkill, second at the Occoquan Sprints, first at the Frostbite Regatta, fifth at the Knecht Cup Regatta, sixth at the Big East Championship and second in the Petite Finals at the Dad Vail Regatta • Member of Varsity 4+ that placed fifth at the Head of the Schuylkill • Honored as all-Big East first team for performance at the Big East Championship

Prep

• Attended First Colonial High • Member of rowing team under Lester Fabiszewski • Competed at SRAA (Scholastic Rowing Association of America) Nationals in 2007, 2008, and 2010 • Member of varsity swim team • Academic Principal’s List • National Honor Society • Mu Alpha Theta

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Daughter of Jim and Lori Schrand Has one brother and one sister Birthday is May 16 Majoring in elementary education Member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes WVU Honors College Big East Academic All-Star Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll Dean’s List Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal

At West Virginia (2012-13)

• Was part of Second Varsity 8+ crew that earned Conference USA Boat of the Week honors for their two first-place finishes against Bucknell and Delaware • Helped lead the Second Varsity 8+ crew to a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship • Took fifth at the Conference USA Championship as part of the Second Varsity 8+ • Earned 10th out of 31 entries at the Knecht Cup as part of the Second Varsity 8+ • Placed third in Second Varsity 8+ competition against Alabama and UCF • Competed with the Varsity 8+ ‘B’ and Varsity 4+ ‘C’ crew during the fall season • Academic All-Big 12 Second Team

At West Virginia (2011-12)

• Rowed as a member of the Novice 8+ ‘A’ crew at the Head of the Occoquan, finishing in sixth place • Was also a member of the Novice 8+ ‘A’ crew at the Philadelphia Frostbite, where the team finished second in Flight One • Helped row the Novice 4+ to a first-place finish at the Occoquan Sprints • Advanced to the Grand Final of the Novice 4+ event at the Knecht Cup; the crew finished sixth out of 47 teams overall • Participated in the Second Varsity 4+ at the Notre Dame Invitational and Big East Championship, placing third in the Petite Final and fourth in the Grand Final, respectively

Prep

• Two-time captain of high school cross country team • One-time captain of high school track team • Earned All-State, All-Area and All-Conference honors in cross country and track • Member of National Honor Society • High Honor Roll • Participated in AAU softball with the CT Shoreline Sting

Sarah Taylor Senior

• Member of cross country and track teams

Hometown: Martinsburg, W.Va. High School: Martinsburg

Summer Socha Junior

Hometown: Brick, N.J. High School: Monsignor Donovan

At Washington & Jefferson College (2010-2011)

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Daughter of Andrew and Pamela Sharon Has one brother Birthday is Feb. 17 Majoring in psychology Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll Member of Alpha Lambda Delta Member of Psychology Club Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll

At West Virginia (2012-13)

At West Virginia (2012-13)

Prep

Prep • Attended Martinsburg High • Member of the volleyball team • Member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes

• Rowed the Third Varsity 8+ to fifth place at the Big 12 Championship • Was part of a crew that placed third in the Open 4+ competition at the Conference USA Championship • Posted a second-place finish against Bucknell, Connecticut and Delaware as part of the Third Varsity 8+ crew • During the fall season, earned a first-place finish at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta as part of the Novice 8+ ‘A’ crew • Attended Monsignor Donovan High • Member of the National Honor Society • Was the Student Body Vice President

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Daughter of Steven and Jennifer Socha Has one brother and two sisters Birthday is February 21 Majoring in nursing Academic All-Big 12 First Team

• Took fourth place at the Big 12 Championship as part of the Second Varsity 4+ • Finished fourth as part of the Open 4+ ‘A’ crew at the Conference USA Championship • Earned a second-place finish against Bucknell, Connecticut and Delaware as part of the Second Varsity 4+

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Daughter of Robert and Linda Taylor Has one sister Birthday is January 25 Majoring in industrial engineering

COURTNEY SCHRAND, RACHELLE PURYCH, KELLY KRAMER, RACHEL COKELEY, DANIELLE WIDECRANTZ

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At West Virginia (2011-12)

• Won a gold medal at the Head of the Ohio as a member of the Varsity 8+ crew; also placed first as a member of the Varsity 4+ ‘C’ crew • Took first at the Head of the Kanawha in the Varsity 8+ • Raced as a member of the Varsity 4+ ‘C’ crew at the Head of the Schuylkill, placing in the top 20 • Participated in three events at the Philadelphia Frostbite, placing first in doubles competition, first in the Varsity 4+ ‘A’ crew in Flight Two, and second in the Varsity 8+ in Flight Three • Raced as a member of the Varsity 8+ crew during the spring season, placing second at North Carolina, sixth in the Grand Final at the Occoquan Sprints, fourth in the Petite Final at the Knecht Cup, first in the Petite Final at the Notre Dame Invitational and second in the Petite Final at the Big East Championship 44

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Kendra Welker Senior

• Was part of the First Varsity 8+ crew that earned Conference USA Boat of the Week honors after its fifth-place finish out of 34 crews at the Knecht Cup • Was part of the First Varsity 8+ crew that earned Big 12 Boat of the Week and Conference USA Boat of the Week honors for its first-place finish against Alabama and UCF • Rowed to a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship as part of the First Varsity 8+ • Earned a fifth-place finish at the Conference USA Championship as part of the First Varsity 8+ • During the fall season, earned two medals at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta while competing with Varsity 8+ ‘A’ and Varsity 4+ ‘A’ crew • Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete • Academic All-Big 12 First Team • Flame Award (Varsity)

Hometown: Ridgeley, W.Va. High School: Frankfort

Karen Verwey Senior

Hometown: Te Puke, New Zealand High School: St. Peter’s School

At West Virginia (2012-13)

• Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete

At West Virginia (2010-11)

• Member of Varsity 8+ that took gold at the Head of the Ohio, second at the Occoquan Sprints, seventh at the Head of the Schuylkill, first at the Frostbite Regatta, fifth at the Knecht Cup Regatta, sixth at the Big East Championship and second in the Petite Finals at the Dad Vail Regatta • Also won silver at the Head of the Ohio in open doubles competition • Member of Varsity 4+ that placed seventh at the Head of the Schuylkill

Prep

• Attended St. Peter’s High • Member of the North Island U18 rowing team in 2008 • Also a member of the Waikato Interprovincial Team in 2009 • Competed at New Zealand Club Nationals in 2010; placed second in women’s 4- race, and fourth in senior open eight event • Earned rowing colours from 2006-09

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Daughter of Cor and Christine Verwey Has three brothers and one sister Birthday is Sept. 2 Majoring in criminology and investigations Big East Academic All-Star Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal

At West Virginia (2012-13)

• Rowed the Third Varsity 8+ to a fifth place at the Big 12 Championship • Earned second in the Second Varsity 4+ competition against Alabama and UCF • Earned a first-place finish as part of the Third Varsity 8+ crew at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational • Posted a second-place finish against Bucknell, Connecticut and Delaware as part of the Third Varsity 8+ crew • During the fall season, earned a first-place finish at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta as part of the Novice 8+ ‘A’ crew

Prior to West Virginia (2010-12) • Attended Fairmont State

Prep

• Attended Frankfort High • Member of the soccer, basketball and tennis teams

Personal

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Daughter of Greg and Kim Welker Has one sister Birthday is September 5 Majoring in finance Member of the National Honor Society and Golden Key

KAREN VERWEY, ELIZABETH KONTAK, JESSICA HURLBERT, RACHEL COKELEY, DANIELLE WIDERCRANTZ

Freshman

Hometown: Barboursville, W.Va. High School: Cabell Midland High School

Prep

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Daughter of Russell and Susan Geise Has one brother and one sister Birthday is January 25 Majoring in Agroecology

• Attended Cabell Midland High School

Personal

• Daughter of Allen Brownfield and Sandra Snedeger • Birthday is July 11 • Has one brother and two sisters • Majoring in psychology

Megan Haefele Freshman

Hometown: Spokane, Wash. High School: Maryknoll HS

Prep

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Attended Abington Heights High School Coached by Amy Wojcik Member of the honor roll Engineering Design Award Participated in rowing and field hockey Most Improved award in Field Hockey

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Daughter of Carl and Roxanne Caswell Birthday is Aug. 25 Has one brother and one sister Majoring in pre-engineering

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Daughter of Gregory and Gina Haefele Has one brother Birthday is November 9 Majoring in forensics and investigative science

Jacqueline Hunter Freshman

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga. High School: Chattahoochee High School

Prep

Rebecca Fish Junior

• Attended Chattahoochee High School

Personal

Prep

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Sadie Kalathunkal

Hometown: Kennett Square, P. High School: Auburn University

Daughter of Craig and Brenda Hunter Has one brother Birthday is February 7 Majoring in pre-nursing

• Attended Unionville High School • Member of the Dean’s List

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Daughter of Todd and Wendy Fish Has one brother Birthday is March 5 Majoring in nursing Member of the Presidential List

Audrey Geise Freshman

Hometown: Allentown, Pa. High School: William Allen High School

Hometown: Midlothian, Va. High School: Clover Hill

Prep

Personal

• Daughter of Greg and Mary Kretzer • Birthday is May 8 • Has one brother and one sister

Prep

Hometown: Clarks Summit, Pa. High School: Abington Heights HS

Freshman

Freshman

• Attended Clover Hill

• Attended Maryknoll HS and Osborn Park HS • Competed under coach Ciotti, coach Schuster and coach Vanderleest • Multiple-sport athlete, including: gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming, paddling, cross country and track and field’ • Member of the academic honor roll

Sierra Caswell

Anna Kretzer

Junior

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa. High School: Upper St Clair High School

Caitlin Madamba Junior

Hometown: Mays Landing, N.J. High School: Holy Spirit

At West Virginia (2012-13)

NEWCOMERS

Alisha Brownfield

• Coxed the Second Varsity 4+ crew to a second-place finish against Bucknell, Connecticut and Delaware • Earned a medal during the fall season as the coxswain of the Varsity 4+ ‘B’ crew at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta

At West Virginia (2011-12)

• Participated as member of the Novice 8+ ‘B’ crew at the Head of the Occoquan, finishing the race in the top 20 • Coxed the Novice 4+ crew to a first-place finish at the Occoquan Sprints

Prep

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Attended Holy Spirit High Captain of varsity soccer team Member of Honor Society Honor Roll

Personal

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Daughter of Patrick and Marie Madamba Has one sister Birthday is Dec. 29 Majoring in elementary education Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll

Prep

• Attended Upper St. Clair High School

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Daughter of Edie Yorke Has on brother Birthday is July 3 Majoring in marketing

Prep

• Attended William Allen High School 2014 ROWING

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Erika Mall

Emily McGrath

Victoria Rothenhoefer

Hometown: Hawley, Pa. High School: Susquehanna University

Hometown: Reynoldsburg, Ohio High School: Bishop Hartley HS

Hometown: Frederick, Md. High School: Middletown HS

Senior

At Susquehanna University 2009-13

Prep

Prep

Personal

• Competed on the varsity crew team

• Attended Wallenpaupack Area High School • Member of the Honor Roll

Personal • • • • •

Daughter of Werner and Christine Mall Has one brother Birthday is August 12 Undergraduate B.S. in Psychology Working on a Masters in Higher Education Administration • President’s List

Kimberlie May Junior

Hometown: Grand Junction, Colo. High School: Palisade

At West Virginia (2012-13)

• Took fourth place at the Big 12 Championship as part of the Second Varsity 4+ • Finished fourth as part of the Open 4+ ‘A’ crew at the Conference USA Championship • Earned a first-place finish as part of the Third Varsity 8+ crew at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational • Earned second place as part of the Second Varsity 4+ crew against Bucknell, Connecticut and Delaware • During the fall season, earned a first-place finish at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta as part of the Novice 8+ ‘A’ crew

Prep

• Attended Palisade High • Member of the track and cross country teams

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Daughter of Brian May and Lee Bradley Is an only child Birthday is October 7 Majoring in history Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

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• Attended Bishop Hartley High School • • • •

Shanette and Lawrence McGrath Birthday is Nov. 7 Has one brother and one sister Majoring in exercise physiology

Senior

Prep

• Attended Middletown High School • Captain of varsity volleyball team

Personal

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Emma Preston

Daughter of Rob and Rebecca Rothenhoefer Birthday is March 17 Has one sister Majoring in nursing Leader for Orientation Trips with Adventure WV

Freshman

Hometown: Ithaca, N.Y. High School: Ithaca HS

Prep

Olivia White

Personal

Hometown: Great Falls, Va. High School: Langley High School

• Attended Ithaca High School • • • •

Daughter of George and Dorothy Preston Birthday is May 4 Has one brother Majoring in German and international studies

Freshman

Prep

• Attended Langley High School • Competed under Ashley Leake

Personal

Emily Reinmann Sophomore

Hometown: Avon Lake, OH High School: Magnificat High School

Prep

• Attended Magnificat High School • Captain and four-year letterwinner on high school swim team • Most Improved Swimmer of 2009 • Member of the Academic Honor Roll

Personal • • • • •

Daughter of James and Susan Reinmann Birthday is Feb. 2 Has one brother and one sister Majoring in occupational therapy Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll

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Daughter of Dan White and Kathy Tighe Has one brother Birthday is August 4 Majoring in secondary education

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JIMMY KING Head Coach

“Coach Jimmy King and his staff have compiled a schedule that will challenge his rowers, while allowing his team to compete against the nation’s top programs,” says Director of Athletics Oliver Luck. “I look forward to watching our rowers excel throughout this season.” The 2014 schedule features six regattas and a scrimmage in Morgantown on the Monongahela River. The Mountaineers will travel to Tennessee, Indiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma. “Like most of WVU’s sports, we revamped our schedule last year as we moved into the Big 12 Conference, which resulted in only one hold over event from years past,” says King. “Now in year two, we have a degree of familiarity that will benefit us in travel, pre-race preparations and in knowing our competition.” West Virginia University rowing opens its fall season at the 27th annual Head of Ohio Regatta on Saturday, Oct. 5, on the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, Pa. “Although early in the season, the Head of the Ohio is a great place for us to kick off our fall racing,” King says. “We’ll have the opportunity to evaluate our team in racing conditions to see where progress has been made, as well as where progress still needs to be made.” The Mountaineers then return to the water at Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia on Saturday, Oct. 26. “Competition at the Head of the Schuylkill will be substantially deeper and will be a better gauge of our progress,” Kings says. “While we’re of course concerned about how we’re doing relative to our competitors, at this time of the year, we’re more focused on how we’re progressing within our program.” 48

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WVU will take to the water at the Head of the Occoquan in Fairfax, Va., on Saturday, Nov. 2, and at the Collegiate Small Boat Challenge in West Windsor, N.J., on Sunday, Nov. 3. “Our entire team is looking forward to this weekend because it is the only time this fall when our entire team- varsity and novice squads- will compete together representing WVU,” King says. Both the varsity and novice squads will be competing at the Head of the Occoquan on Saturday. “It will be a good test to see how our novice squad has progressed and to let them get a feel for competition,” says assistant coach Mandy Merritt, who is coaching the novice squad. “This, their first race, will be a learning experience and a good marker to

tell me what we need to improve on to get ready for spring and championship racing later in the year.” Last season at the Head of the Occoquan, the Mountaineers earned top-10 finishes in the women’s 4+ and the women’s novice 8+. The Mountaineers will then host Duquesne on Friday, Nov. 8, in Morgantown on the Monongahela for a novice scrimmage. “We are excited to have Duquesne in this week for a novice scrimmage,” Merritt says. “It’s nice to have good competition regionally so close so that we can have races like this to analyze and work on specific things within our crews in the fall. It will also be good for our crews to line up next to a competitor to simulate what spring racing will be like.”

WVU concludes its fall schedule at the Rivanna Romp in Earlysville, Va., on Sunday, Nov. 17. “Racing at the Romp should provide a good assessment of our progress,” King says. “Racing conditions should be benign and the rowers will have their legs under them a bit more going into this weekend’s racing.” WVU is joined in the regatta by the host school, Virginia, along with Oklahoma, Louisville, Old Dominion and Penn. The Cavaliers, Sooners and Cardinals all finished last season in the top 20 of the U.S. Rowing Coaches Poll; UVA claimed the fifth spot.

“Coach (Ted) Nagorsen and I have planned to conduct a scrimmage this weekend instead of the usual 2k race. A scrimmage of multiple pieces with the opportunity to change lineups as we proceed better serves our programs at this early point of the racing season,” King explains. The crews will launch from the WVU Boathouse near the Wharf District at approximately 10 a.m. Both crews will run flights back and forth, starting and ending near the Edith Barill Park. New to the 2014 schedule is the dual against Indiana in Bloomington on April 5.

The Mountaineers open their 2014 spring slate at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational in Oak Ridge, Tenn., on March 15.

From April 12-13, the Mountaineers travel to Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey, for the Knecht Cup Regatta. The event is hosted by Villanova.

“Regardless of the situation, as always, we’ll try to focus on the things we can affect to find out where we’re starting the 2014 season in relation to some of our primary competitors,” King says. “We look forward to the fantastic racing opportunities we’ll have this weekend, and welcome every challenge presented to us.”

West Virginia returns to Pinchot Lake on April 19 for a double dual hosted by Bucknell University. Four schools will pair off to race two duals. Competing alongside the Mountaineers is Bucknell, George Mason and Temple. West Virginia will first race a dual against Bucknell, and following a short break, will then square off against George Mason.

The season-opening Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational is set for March 15-16 at the Oak Ridge Rowing Course, and will feature crews from Virginia, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Minnesota, Tennessee, Duke, Alabama, Dayton, Kansas and Louisville.

The Big 12 Championships will be hosted on the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City on May 3. All five of the Big 12 rowing programs also are affiliated with Conference USA for NCAA selection purposes. The Conference USA Championships are on May 17 on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

WVU will then host George Mason for a varsity scrimmage on the Monongahela River on Saturday, March 29, at 11 a.m.

2014 WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY ROWING

QUICK FACTS General Information

Location: Morgantown, W.Va. Founded: 1867 Enrollment: 32,595 President: Dr. Gordon E. Gee Director of Athletics: Oliver Luck NCAA Faculty Representative: John Fisher National Affiliation: NCAA Division I Conference: Big 12 and Conference USA Nickname: Mountaineers Colors: Old Gold (PMS 124) & Blue (PMS 295)

Team Information

Head Coach: Jimmy King (sixth season) Alma Mater: Bucknell, ‘90 Assistant Coach: Stacey Van Order Assistant Coach: Mandy Merritt Facility: Mountaineer Boathouse

WVU Sports Communications Staff

Associate Athletic Director/Communications: Michael Fragale Director of New Media: John Antonik Sports Publications Director: Joe Swan Sports Information Director: Bryan Messerly Associate Sports Information Director: Katie Kane Assistant Sports Information Director: Shannon McNamara Assistant Sports Information Director: Grant Dovey Multimedia Specialist: Kristin Coldsnow Rowing Contact: Jonathan Hevron Contact’s Email: Jon.Hevron@mail.wvu.edu Sports Communication Phone: (304) 293-2821 Sports Communication Fax: (304) 293-4105 Website: WVUsports.com

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Oct 05, 2013 Head of the Ohio Pittsburgh, Pa. Allegheny River

Oct 26, 2013 Head of the Schuylkill

Morgantown, W.Va. Monongahela River

Nov 02, 2013 Head of the Occoquan

Morgantown, W.Va. Monongahela River

Nov 17, 2013 Rivanna Romp Earlysville, Va. Rivanna River

Mar 15, 2014 Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational Oak Ridge, Tenn. Melton Hill Lake

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Apr 05, 2014 at Indiana

Nov 08, 2013 Duquesne

Oak Ridge, Tenn. Melton Hill Lake

Mar 29, 2014 George Mason

Philadelphia, Pa. Schuylkill River

Fairfax, Va. Occoquan River

Mar 16, 2014 Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational

Bloomington, Ind. Lake Lemon

Apr 12, 2014 Knecht Cup Regatta

Apr 13, 2014 Knecht Cup Regatta

Apr 19, 2014 George Mason

May 03, 2014 Big 12 Championships

West Windsor, N.J. Mercer Lake

West Windsor, N.J. Mercer Lake

Apr 19, 2014 at Bucknell

Shamokin Dam, Pa. Susquehanna River

Shamokin Dam, Pa. Susquehanna River

Oklahoma City, Okla. Oklahoma River

May 17, 2014 Conference USA Championships

Oak Ridge, Tenn. Melton Hill Lake

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SEASON

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Rowing Wins Five Medals

The West Virginia University rowing team completed its fall slate by winning five medals at the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J. “Our novice and varsity squads put together an overall solid day of racing,” said coach Jimmy King.” The varsity squad, in particular, enjoyed a solid day of racing.”

RACHELLE PURYCH, DANIELLE WIDECRANTZ, KELLY KRAMER, LISA DEKALU, ELIZABETH KANTAK, JESSICA HURLBERT, KAREN VERWEY, COURTNEY SCHRAND, MALLORY FISHER

Rowing Competes at Head of the Ohio

The West Virginia University women’s rowing team completed its first regatta of the fall season at the Head of the Ohio in Pittsburgh, Pa. “Compared to last year’s results one might surmise we took a step backward, but just the opposite is true,” said coach Jimmy King. “We took a step forward today in racing two 8+s that finished within eight seconds of each other; a sign that our team depth is improving. There is, of course, disappointment in placing out of the top spots, but today’s performances in the 8+s is a very positive indicator for our program.” The 8+ ‘A’ crew of Karen Verwey, Rachelle Purych, Jessica Hurlbert, Kelly Kramer, Brianna Dendler, Mollie Rosen, Lisa Deklau Hilary Meale and coxswain Ellen Shular crossed the finish line in 15:22.51, earning them a fourth-place finish. The 8+ ‘B’ crew of Enya Messersmith, Tamyra Roberts, Bethany Anne Sapen, Melinda Sharon, Rachel Cokeley, Danielle Widecrantz, Elizabeth Kantak, Mary Ignatiadis and coxswain Mallory Fisher finished eight seconds behind, in fifth place, with a time of 15:30.75. The Varsity 4+ ‘A’ boat of Verwey, Purych, Kramer, Rosen and coxswain Fisher, led the Mountaineers with a second-place finish out of 27 schools. Finishing with a time of 16:30.83, the Mountaineers trailed behind Dayton by only two seconds.

Rowing Completes Action in Philadelphia

The West Virginia University rowing team had three women’s open 4+ crews place in the top 25, as well as two women’s open 8+ crews place in the top 20, at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia, Pa.

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“Our performances at the Head of the Schuylkill were disappointing overall because we expect more of ourselves at this point in our training year,” said coach Jimmy King. “The disappointment lies not merely in the results, but in the poor execution of our racing, especially regarding some of the technical elements on which we have recently worked.” The Varsity 4+ ‘A’ crew of Karen Verwey, Rachelle Purych, Kelly Kramer, Hilary Meale and coxswain Ellen Shular crossed the finish line of the 2.5-mile course in 15:54.86 for a fourth-place finish. The Mountaineers’ 8+ ‘A’ crew of Karen Verwey, Courtney Schrand, Jessica Hurlbert, Rachelle Purych, Mary Ignatiadis, Mollie Rosen, Kelly Kramer, Hilary Meale and coxswain Morgan Leach finished the race with a time of 14:38.99, placing them 12th overall.

The team started the day off by placing first, second and fourth in the women’s open doubles competition, with the ‘A’ crew of Mary Ignatiadis and Courtney Schrand finishing in 8:02.05, the ‘B’ crew finishing in 8:09.92 and the ‘C’ crew finishing in 8:22.89. In the varsity 4+ competitions, the ‘A’ crew of Schrand, Karen Verwey, Elizabeth Kantak, Jessica Hurlbert and coxswain Ellen Shular, finished first in their flight with a time of 8:04.05. The ‘B’ crew of Ignatiadis, Hilary Meale, Kelly Kramer, Mollie Rosen and coxswain Caitlin Madamba crossed the finish line in 8:09.68 for a first-place finish in their flight. Additionally, the ‘C’ crew finished second in the third flight. In the varsity 8+ competition, the WVU ‘A’ crew of Schrand, Verwey, Hurlbert, Danielle Widecrantz, Brianna Dendler, Danika Rencken, Kramer, Kantak and coxswain Mallory Fisher finished second in the first flight with a time of 7:12.11. The ‘B’ crew finished third in the second flight with a time of 7:37.06.

Rowing Completes Day One of Competition at Oak Ridge

The varsity 8+ ‘A’ crew of Hilary Meale, Rachelle Purych, Kelly Kramer, Lisa Deklau, Danielle Wide-

crantz, Jessica Hurlbert, Karen Verwey, Courtney Schrand, and coxswain Mallory Fisher, paced the Mountaineers in round one of racing, with a thirdplace finish of 6:57.90 against Louisville and Virginia. The 8+ ‘B’ crew of Tamyra Roberts, Jeannine McCarty, Bethany Anne Sapen, Mollie Rosen, Mary Ignatiadis, Elizabeth Kantak, Melinda Sharon, Elizabeth Duarte and coxswain Ellen Shular finished in third place as well. The varsity 4+ ‘A’ crew of Kaitlyn Eason, Susannah Hartlove, Allison Coates, Enya Messersmith and coxswain Alexandra Basil crossed the finish line in 8:24.50 for a third-place finish in their heat. In round two, the 8+ ‘A’ crew of Meale, Purych, Kramer, Ignatiadis, Widecrantz, Hurlbert, Verwey, Schrand and coxswain Morgan Leach paced the Mountaineers again in round two against Dayton and Miami with a time of 6:49.30, good enough for second place.

Rowing Earns One First, Two Runner Ups in Day Two at Oak Ridge Four WVU crews raced in round three of the regatta against Buffalo and Georgetown.

“We performed adequately considering the time of year and amount of water time we’ve had, but of course, we’re striving for more than merely adequate,” said head coach Jimmy King. “After improving our racing from round 1 to round 2, some of our crews took a step back in round 3, so that was a disappointing way to end the regatta” The varsity 8+ ‘A’ crew consisting of Rachelle Purych, Kelly Kramer, Hilary Meale, Mollie Rosen, Danielle Widecrantz, Jessica Hurlbert, Karen Verwey, Courtney Schrand and coxswain Ellen Shular crossed the finish line in 7:09.96. Their time was the best of the day for the Mountaineers and was good enough for a third-place finish.

Kantak, Jessica Hurlbert, Karen Verwey, Courtney Schrand, and coxswain Mallory Fisher paced the Mountaineers with a first-place finish (7:41.5) over the Golden Knights (7:43.2) and the Crimson Tide (7:52.1). “The best performance of the day was by our first varsity 8+ crew, and not just because they won, but in how they won,” King said. “For much of the race they were down open water to UCF gaining contact only in the last 500 meters. The poise with which they raced today made the difference in the end.” WVU’s second varsity 8+ crew of Bethany Anne Sapen, Melinda Sharon, Hilary Meale, Mary Ignatiadis, Mollie Rosen, Tamyra Roberts, Jeannine McCarty, Elizabeth Duarte, and coxswain Morgan Leach trailed behind UCF (7:48.4) and Alabama (7:50.4) for a third-place finish with a time of 7:57.6. The Crimson Tide took the top finishes in both the first and second varsity 4+ races, with the Mountaineers’ first varsity crew of Susannah Hartlove, Allison Coates, Danika Rencken, Mary Cook and coxswain Alexandra Basil finishing in third (9:13.9) and second varsity crew of Kendra Welker, Kaitlyn Eason, Enya Messersmith, Caroline Mullins and coxswain Sarah Dodd finishing in second (9:10.4). The Golden Knights did not have a crew compete in the varsity 4+ ‘B’ race.

Rowing Completes Competition at Knecht Cup

The West Virginia University rowing team concluded racing at the Knecht Cup on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J., with two crews placing in the top 10 of their respective events. The first varsity 8+ crew of Rachelle Purych, Lisa Deklau, Kelly Kramer, Danielle Widecrantz, Elizabeth Kantak, Jessica Hurlbert, Karen Verwey, Courtney Schrand and coxswain Mallory Fisher, set the stage

for the Mountaineers by advancing to the Grand Final of their event. WVU raced against Bucknell, Holy Cross, Barry, Northeastern and Bucknell (LWT), crossing the finish line in fifth place in 6:49.14. The crew earned the Mountaineers’ highest finish of the day, with a fifthplace finish out of 34 crews. Prior to the varsity 8+ event, the second varsity 8+ crew of Bethany Anne Sapen, Melinda Sharon, Mollie Rosen, Allison Coates, Hilary Meale, Mary Ignatiadis, Jeannine McCarty, Elizabeth Duarte and coxswain Ellen Shular advanced to the Petite Final of their event. The crew faced Buffalo, Old Dominion, Alabama, Dayton and North Carolina, and posted a fourthplace finish with a time of 7:12.88. The crew’s finish was good enough for a 10th-place finish out of 31 entries.

Rowing Completes Competition at Bucknell

“Our performances versus Bucknell and Delaware were our most complete as a team this season, said head coach Jimmy King. “We narrowed the margins in all events relative to Bucknell from two weeks ago. Our 4s finally put forth quality-racing efforts and we look for them to continue improving as we enter the championship season.” The first varsity 4+ crew comprised of Enya Messersmith, Allison Coates, Susannah Hartlove, Rachel Cokeley and coxswain Morgan Leach also finished second to Bucknell (6:48.0) with a time of 6:58.1. The first varsity 8+ crew comprised of Rachelle Purych, Danielle Widecrantz, Kelly Kramer, Lisa Deklau, Elizabeth Kantak, Jessica Hurlbert, Karen Verwey, Courtney Schrand and coxswain Mallory Fisher ended round one of racing for WVU with a second-place finish in 6:53.2 behind Bucknell (6:49.0).

The varsity 4+ crew of Allison Coates, Enya Messersmith, Caroline Mullins, Susannah Hartlove and coxswain Alexandra Basil wrapped up competition for WVU with a time of 8:22.84, good enough for second place.

Rowing Earns One First at Alabama

The West Virginia University rowing team, which was competing in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on the Black Warrior River against Alabama and UCF, earned one first-place finish. “Today’s racing presented an excellent opportunity to evaluate our crews in true racing conditions and to measure ourselves against Conference USA foes Alabama and UCF,” said coach Jimmy King. The first varsity 8+ crew of Rachelle Purych, Lisa Deklau, Kelly Kramer, Danielle Widecrantz, Elizabeth 2014 ROWING

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The first varsity 4+ crew with coxswain Sarah Dodd picked things back up for the Mountaineers with a first-place finish with a time of 7:27.5 ahead of Delaware (7:46.8) and WVU’s second varsity 4+ crew coxed by Brittany James (7:49.6).

The first varsity 8+ crew concluded competition for the Mountaineers with a first-place finish in 6:54.2 over Delaware (7:08.7).

Rowing Places Fourth at Big 12s

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University rowing team concluded racing at the Big 12 Championships on the Wyandotte County Lake in Kansas City, Kan. The Mountaineers competed in five of the six events, tallying 75 points for a fourthplace finish overall. “I’m pleased with the overall performance of our team today,” said coach Jimmy King. “Regardless of the finish position of any of our crews, each crew has clearly progressed over the past few weeks.” WVU’s varsity eight crew of Rachelle Purych, Danielle Widecrantz, Kelly Kramer, Lisa Deklau, Elizabeth Kantak, Jessica Hurlbert, Karen Verwey, Courtney Schrand and coxswain Mallory Fisher kicked off racing for the Mountaineers by competing in the first event of the day. The crew crossed the finish line in 6:36.45 in third place, a spot higher than its seed of fourth, behind Oklahoma (6:28.39) and Texas (6:31.15). Junior Courtney Schrand was named to the All-Big 12 First Team. Senior Rachelle Purych was named to 54

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the All-Big 12 Second Team. Following the varsity eight, the second varsity eight lined up to race. The crew of Bethany Anne Sapen, Melinda Sharon, Mollie Rosen, Tamyra Roberts, Hilary Meale, Mary Ignatiadis, Jeannine McCarty, Elizabeth Duarte and coxswain Ellen Shular finished the race in 6:46.66. The crew finished fourth, a spot higher than its seed of fifth, behind Oklahoma (6:34.24), Kansas (6:41.14) and Texas (6:46.15), but ahead of Kansas State (6:54.16). Next up for the Mountaineers was the first varsity four heat. The crew of Enya Messersmith, Allison Coates, Susannah Hartlove, Rachel Cokeley and coxswain Morgan Leach finished fifth with a time of 7:48. 61, behind Oklahoma (7:18.92), Texas (7:20.15), Kansas State (7:24.82) and Kansas (7:31.55).

Rowing Places Sixth at C-USA Championship

The West Virginia University rowing team had its 2013 spring season come to a close as it placed sixth in the Conference USA Rowing Championship held on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Mountaineers accumulated 36 team points – one behind Kansas State’s 37 points that placed it fifth overall. The first varsity 8+ crew of Jessica Hurlbert, Courtney Schrand, Rachelle Purych, Lisa Deklau, Danielle Widecrantz, Karen Verwey, Kelly Kramer, Liz Kantak and coxswain Mallory Fisher registered a third-place

finish (6:49.53) in its heat and a fifth-place finish (6:47.56) in its Grand Final. The second varsity 8+ crew of Hilary Meale, Mary Ignatiadis, Mollie Rosen, Bethany Anne Sapen, Melinda Sharon, Tamyra Roberts, Jeannine McCarty, Elizabeth Duarte and coxswain Ellen Shular finished third (6:59.59) in its heat and placed fifth (7:06.06) in its Grand Final. In the varsity 4+ competition, the Mountaineers’ crew of Enya Messersmith, Susannah Hartlove, Rachel Cokeley, Allison Coates and coxswain Morgan Leach finished sixth (7:59.62) in its heat. In its Petite Final, the crew placed fifth (7:59.88). In open 4+ competition, WVU had two crews compete. With both Mountaineer crews competing in the Petite Final, the 4+ ‘B’ crew of Summer Socha, Caroline Mullins, Mary Cook, Kendra Welker and coxswain Brittany James placed third (8:03.84), while the ‘A’ crew of Danika Rencken, Kaitlyn Eason, Sarah Taylor, Kimberlie May and coxswain Sarah Dodd finished fourth (8:07.27). Following racing action, the C-USA All-Conference Team was announced, with Schrand being the lone WVU representative. For Schrand, it is her second all-conference honor of the season, as she was named All-Big 12 First Team at the Big 12 Championship.

RECORD

BOOK

Regatta Visits......................................... 56 All-Time Opponents............................... 56 Awards and Honors................................ 57 Henley Royal Regatta............................. 59 All-Time Results..................................... 60 Letterwinners.......................................... 68

REGATTA VISITS Name

Visits Began

Big East

12

2001

Big 12

1

2013

Conference USA

1

2013

Dad Vail

9

2000

ECAC Regatta

1

2010

George Washington Invite

2

2004

Head of the Charles

5

2002

Head of the Cuyahoga

1

2000

Head of the Elk

1

2005

Head of the Genesee

2

2006

Head of the Occoquan

6

2000

Head of the Ohio

12

2000

Head of the Mon

2

2003

Women’s Royal Henley

1

2001

Head of the Schuylkill

8

2002

Knecht Cup Regatta

12

2002

Metro Cup

1

2007

Murphy Cup

4

2005

Navy Day

2

2001

Oak Ridge Cardinal Invite

1

2013

Occoquan Sprints

2

2011

Philadelphia Frostbite

3

2010

San Diego Crew Classic

4

2003

SIRA

7 2001

ALL-TIME OPPONENTS Opponent

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Alabama

1 2013

Barry

1

Bucknell

1 2013

Cincinnati

3 2001

Connecticut

2 2002

Dayton

5 2008

Delaware

1 2013

Duquesne

4 2003

Central Florida

2

2002

George Mason

2

2008

Georgetown

2 2012

George Washington

1

Iowa

2 2012

Jacksonville

1 2002

Louisville

2 2001

North Carolina

1

2012

Notre Dame

1

2012

Rutgers

1 2012

Syracuse

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2011

2012

AWARDS AND HONORS U.S. ROWING NATIONAL TEAM 2002

Meg Ayers

*(Top ten ranking in both singles and doubles events at U.S. Nationals)

COSIDA FIRST TEAM ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN 2003

Kate Abernathy

CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA ATLARGE SECOND TEAM 2011

Rachel Viglianco

NSCA ALL-AMERICAN STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING ATHLETES 2006

Meg Ayers

2011

Rachel Viglianco

CRCA ALL MID-ATLANTIC REGION FIRST TEAM 2011

Shannon Gribbons

2012

Courtney Schrand

CRCA ALL MID-ATLANTIC REGION SECOND TEAM 2006

Meg Ayers

2013

Courtney Schrand

CRCA NATIONAL SCHOLAR-ATHLETES 2008

Kimberly Benda

2009

Kimberly Benda Brett Krumholz Rachel Viglianco Kathryn Walsh

2010

Kimberly Benda Shannon Gribbons Brett Krumholz Rachel Viglianco

2011

Hilary Meale Caitlin Murphy Rachelle Purych Rachel Viglianco

2012

Hilary Meale Rachelle Purych Danika Rencken Morgan Leach Courtney Schrand Karen Verwey

2013

Elizabeth Duarte Kelly Kramer Morgan Leach

Hilary Meale Rachelle Purych Bethany Anne Sapen Courtney Schrand Karen Verwey

BIG EAST SCHOLAR-ATHLETE SPORT EXCELLENCE AWARD 2011

Rachel Viglianco

ALL – BIG EAST 2010

Kimberly Benda Caroline Rettig

ALL – BIG EAST FIRST TEAM 2011

Courtney Schrand

2012

Courtney Schrand

BIG EAST INSTIUTIONAL FEMALE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE 2010

Kimberly Benda

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ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM 2013..............................Allison Coates 2013.................................. Lisa Deklau 2013..................................Sarah Dodd 2013...........................Elizabeth Duarte 2013................................ Kelly Kramer 2013..............................Morgan Leach 2013................................. Hilary Meale 2013...........................Rachelle Purych 2013...........................Danika Rencken 2013................................ Mollie Rosen 2013................... Bethany Anne Sapen 2013........................Courtney Schrand 2013..................................Ellen Shular 2013...............................Karen Verwey 2013..................... Danielle Widecrantz

ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM

2013.............................. Mallory Fisher 2013...........................Jessica Hurlbert 2013............................Tamyra Roberts 2013............................Melinda Sharon

ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM

2013........................Courtney Schrand

ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM

2013...........................Rachelle Purych

ALL-BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

2013.......................... Elizabeth Kantak

CONFERENCE USA ALL-ACADEMIC

2013...........................Rachelle Purych 2013........................Courtney Schrand

CONFERENCE USA COMMISIONER’S ACADEMIC MEDAL 2013............................ Alexandra Basil 2013............................ Mary Ignatiadis 2013...........................Rachelle Purych 2013...........................Danika Rencken 2013........................Courtney Schrand 2013...............................Karen Verwey

CONFERENCE USA ALL-CONFERENCE

2013........................Courtney Schrand

TEAM CAPTAINS

2000-2001......................... Tina Griffith 2001-2002......................... Tina Griffith 2002-2003........................ Risha Kelley Tina Griffith 2003-2004...........................Meg Ayers Donna Stullken 2004-2005...........................Meg Ayers Donna Stullken 2005-2006......................Caitlin Everett Meg Ayers

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2006-2007...................... Melissa Kane Teresa Dugan 2007-2008................................... None 2008-2009.................. Kimberly Benda 2009-2010.................. Kimberly Benda Caroline Rettig 2010-2011................... Kate Brownson 2011-2012..............Shannon Gribbons Rachelle Purych

TEAM MVP

2000-2001........................ Risha Kelley 2001-2002................................... None 2002-2003......Gaetane De La Bourdonnaye 2003-2004....................Donna Stullken 2004-2005 Meg Ayers (Varsity) Katy Garrett (Novice) 2005-2006........Sabrina O’Hara (Varsity) Jessie Kizer (Novice) 2006-2007.................... Caroline Rettig 2007-2008................................... None 2008-2009.....................Kensie Phillips 2009-2010......Caroline Rettig (Varsity) Ellen Shular (Novice) 2010-2011 Shannon Gribbons (Varsity) Christina Mehrtens (Novice) 2011-2012........Courtney Schrand (Varsity) Lisa Deklau (Novice)

MOUNTAINEER AWARD

2000-2001......................... Tina Griffith 2001-2002........................ Risha Kelley

2002-2003................... Kate Abernathy 2003-2004...................Christy Davison 2004-2005...................... Amelia Payne 2005-2006................... Sabrina O’Hara 2006-2007...................... Teresa Dugan 2007-2008....................Megan Ostrom 2008-2009................................... None 2009-2010................... Kate Brownson 2010-2011................................... None 2011-2012......................... Tina Griffith

MOST IMPROVED

2006-2007......................Emily Boehler 2007-2008....................Megan Ostrom 2008-2009................... Stephanie Roof 2009-2010........ Jeannine McCarty (Varsity) Brittany Doss (Novice) 2010-2011...........Hilary Meale (Varsity) Mallory Fisher (Novice) 2011-2012 Jessica Hurlbert (Varsity) Rachel Cokeley (Novice)

ERG HAMMER AWARD

This award is given to the member of the team that has the best 2,000-meter ERG score 2001-2002...................... Kirsten Leslie 2002-2003......Gaetane De La Bourdonnaye 2003-2004...........................Meg Ayers 2004-2005 Meg Ayers Teresa Dugan

2005-2006.........................Mollie Welty Whitney Blume 2006-2007...................... Teresa Dugan .....................................Megan Ostrom 2007-2008...................... Teresa Dugan 2008-2009................................... None 2009-2010......Shannon Gribbons (Varsity) Megan Neckelmann (Novice) 2010-2011......Kate Brownson (Varsity) Sara Olenich (Novice) 2011-2012......Shannon Gribbons (Varsity) Lisa Deklau (Novice)

FLAME AWARD

This award represents the most spirited rower 2008-2009........................ Alita Meyers 2009-2010...................... Jordan Burns 2010-2011.Keyara Stevenson (Varsity) Alea Hipes (Novice) 2011-2012.....Christina Mehrtens (Varsity) Rebecca Swope (Novice)

IRON MOUNTAINEER

2008-2009.................... Caroline Rettig 2009-2010....................Brett Krumholz Shannon Gribbons 2010-2011..............Shannon Gribbons Rachel Purych 2011-2012...................... Brittany Doss Hilary Meale

HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA

INCHES MAKE CHAMPIONS

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The sport of rowing is not one in which achievements are often recognized. So when the West Virginia University rowing team acquired a new Varsity 4+ Vespoli racing shell and was contemplating a name, the decision to reach out and ask some former team members for help came as a pleasant surprise. “It was such an honor,” said former coxswain Christine DiRienzo. “When Tina Griffith sent us an email telling us that they were going to name the boat and wanted us to help, I immediately pulled out my old photo album and starting looking through everything.” DiRienzo had many fond memories to reminisce upon, including the 2001 season when she led the women’s Varsity 4+ to a first-place finish at the Dad Vail Regatta, subsequently earning an invitation to the Women’s Royal Henley Regatta in England, one of the most prestigious events in women’s rowing. In fact, it was this very accomplishment that had five women traveling from all areas of the country in early October, from both east and west coast, to come to Morgantown and participate in a boat christening in their honor. It had been nearly ten years since Griffith, Risha Kelley, Erin Nisbet, Noelle Dodge and DiRienzo had come together for a crew related event, and for a few, the first time they had seen each other in nearly a decade. There was laughter, hugs, and memories to share, but perhaps most importantly, a lasting legacy to leave behind for future generations of Mountaineer rowers. A legacy of what can happen when hard work, determination and enthusiasm are put forth every day. The journey to Henley began during the team’s spring training trip in Miami. The coach at that time, Nancy LaRocque, noticed right away that this group of women had something special. “She noticed that we had really good flow and really good body mechanics,” said Dodge. “When she saw that she kept telling us that we could be great and that we could be the best. We believed that, and we just felt unstoppable. We were all mentally in it to win it.” The team won its first race of the season convincingly, beating Cincinnati and Louisville to the finish line at Hersha Lake with a time of 7:23.6. But it was the second race of the season that really changed the way they looked at things. After making it to the finals at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association’s (SIRA) Regatta, the team came in second to Jacksonville by mere inches. It was a loss that would spur the team on to great success, though they didn’t know it at the time. “We had such drive after the race in Tennessee,” detailed Nisbet. “It just drove us for the rest of the season. We just had confidence and we walked around with our heads up knowing that no one was going to take us down again and no one was going to beat us. I just remember having this fuel, and this feeling inside that once we got into the boat, no one was going to get in our way. After we finished a race, we were focused on the next challenge and thinking about how we were going to achieve and overcome it.” The team next took on the BIG EAST Championships, where it won in a BIG EAST record setting time of 7:33.08, before moving on to the Dad Vail Regatta. The Dad Vail Regatta is the largest collegiate regatta in the United States, with over 100 colleges and universities from across the United States and Canada converging in Philadelphia during the second weekend of May. It would have been an honor for the West Virginia team just to finish well. But this Varsity 4+ had trained long and hard for a race such as this, and they weren’t going to take home anything less than gold. “When you really mesh with your team and your group, you really feel

the flow,” Nisbet explained. “You can just feel and anticipate each other’s movements, something that’s really hard to obtain. But once you get that and you know what that feeling is, you’re able to get that in a lot of those races. Instead of four rowers, we were able to become one which is really what drove us.” The Mountaineers earned a much deserved victory that day before heading back to Morgantown to finish school and start the beginning of their summer vacations. They never anticipated what would happen next. “After we won Vails, we didn’t know right away that we were going to go to Henley,” Nisbet reminisced. “There were a few weeks in between and then we got the call and we had to come back to school. We had all just started our summer jobs and the next thing we know we get a call saying that we need to come back to school for a few weeks to train.” “My parents had got me a graduation trip to Mexico and we couldn’t go,” laughed DiRienzo. “My brother was so mad at me!” Invitations to Women’s Royal Henley are few and far between. After the team’s convincing win, the Dad Vail Regatta organizers selected the West Virginia team to travel to Henley because it felt that the team had the best chance of winning, despite the fact that no team the committee had ever selected had ever made it past the second round. Upon arriving in England, the women noticed right away that things were done much differently in Europe. “I remember that the course was 1,500-meters for the women because as a women’s crew you couldn’t finish or go over the men’s finish line which was at 2,000-meters,” explained Dodge. “We trained for 2,000-meters and we only had to race 1,500. It made it somewhat easier, but in Europe they row at a much faster rate and every stroke was faster. So the faster pace made it much more challenging because the way we rowed was slow, strong and steady.” “You’d think it would be easier just because it’s shorter,” added DiRiezno. “But your body is already trained for 2,000-meters so you know how to hold it.” In addition, instead of racing four to six crews at a time as they do in the United States, at Henley, only two crews race in each heat. Due to this, the women had to race in three rounds, each with a quick turnaround. They sailed through the first round, easily defeating Bowdoin’s crew. The next race wasn’t so easy, however. “The second race was really close; it had the feel of a final race. It was against Birmingham and we emptied the tank on that one because it was such a neck to neck race,” said Dodge. “We took the boat off the water afterwards and put it on the shore and literally five minutes later we had to pick it up and put it back in the water for the finals.” The team came in second to England’s Oxford Brookes University in the final round. Despite coming in second place, there is no denying that the team accomplished something that no one could ever have expected. “When we came back, even though we didn’t win, it was considered such an honor for the University that the president at the time, David Hardesty, got us plaques to honor us for going over and representing West Virginia,” said DiRienzo. “It’s the best plaque I ever received,” added Griffith. It seems only appropriate that ten years later, the team was welcomed back to Morgantown with open arms to celebrate a journey that hasn’t been equaled since. And only more appropriate that the shell was christened the Inches Make Champions, in honor of the race in Tennessee that truly propelled the team on its record-breaking path to Henley. As the team stood in front of the newest members of the rowing program, telling stories, drinking champagne and reminiscing, it became very clear that while many rowing achievements may go unrecognized, this is one that will never be forgotten.

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2000-2001 RESULTS

DAD VAIL REGATTA Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. May 11-12, 2001

HEAD OF THE CUYAHOGA Cuyahoga River, Cleveland, Ohio September 23, 2000 EVENT Women’s Open 4+ Women’s Open 8+

TIME FINISH 17:12 1st 16:41 3rd

TIME FINISH 19:02.7 8th

HEAD OF THE SCHUYLKILL Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. October 28, 2000 EVENT Women’s 4+

TIME FINISH 17:12 8th

HEAD OF THE OCCOQUAN Sandy Run Regional Park, Fairfax Station, Va. November 4, 2000 EVENT TIME FINISH Women’s Collegiate Novice 8+ 18:55.13 8th Women’s Championship 8+ 17:57.24 8th Women’s Championship 4+ 18:50.79 3rd CINCINATTI REGATTA (Cincinnati, Louisville and West Virginia) Lake Harsha, Cincinnati, Ohio April 14, 2001 EVENT Varsity 8+ Varsity 4+

TIME FINISH 7:07.7 3rd 7:23.6 1st

TIME FINISH 7:52.93 2nd 7:20.88 2nd 7:19.62

3rd

BIG EAST ROWING CHALLENGE Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester, Mass. April 29, 2001 EVENT Women’s Varsity 4+ (*BIG EAST record) Women’s Varsity 8+ Petite Finals

TIME FINISH 7:33.08* 1st 7:15.75

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5th

2001-2002 RESULTS HEAD OF THE OHIO Allegheny River, Pittsburgh, Pa. October 6, 2001 EVENT Women’s Novice 8+ ‘A’ Women’s Novice 8+ ‘B’ Women’s Novice 4+

TIME FINISH 20:06.4 15th 21:21.1 17th 26:36.8 15th

9th

EVENT Women’s College Fours Women’s College Novice 8+‘A’ Women’s College Novice 8+ ‘B’ Women’s College Eights

TIME FINISH 18:26.9 4th 20:27.7 11th 20:21.0 10th 16:44.4 7th

HEAD OF THE CHARLES Charles River, Cambridge, Mass. October 20, 2001 EVENT Women’s Eight

TIME FINISH 18:26.00 49th

HEAD OF THE SCHUYLKILL Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. October 27, 2001 EVENT Women’s Championship Eights Women’s Novice Eights ‘A’ Women’s Novice Eights ‘B’

TIME FINISH 15:30.60 15th 18:34.54 37th 19:36.85 45th

UCF, CONNECTICUT, MIAMI, WEST VIRGINIA Miami, Fla. March 23, 2002 TIME FINISH 7:41.71 7:10.88

3rd 2nd

8:58.54 9:12.85 8:59.96

3rd 3rd 2nd

BARRY Ronald Shane Watersports Center, Miami, Fla. March 29, 2002 EVENT Women’s Varsity 8+ Women’s Novice 8+ ‘A’ Women’s Novice 8+ ‘B’

EVENT Women’s College Fours West Virginia def. Bowdoin 5:52 West Virginia def. Manchester University 5:43 West Virginia def. University of Birmingham 5:44 Oxford Brookes def. West Virginia

EVENT Women’s Varsity 8+ Race One Race Two

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NAVY DAY REGATTA Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. October 13, 2001

SIRA REGATTA Oak Ridge, Tenn. April 21, 2001 EVENT Varsity 4+ Women’s 8+ Preliminary Heat Women’s 8+ (‘C’ Final)

TIME FINISH 7:59.9 1st

HENLEY WOMEN’S REGATTA Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, England June 22-25, 2001

HEAD OF THE OHIO Allegheny River, Pittsburgh, Pa. October 7, 2000 EVENT Women’s Club 4+

EVENT Women’s Varsity 4+ Finals Women’s Varsity 8+ Quarterfinals

Women’s Novice 8+ Race One Race Two Women’s Second Novice 8+

TIME FINISH 7:11.36 1st 7:56.90 2nd 8:16.30 3rd

CINCINNATI INVITATIONAL East Fork Lake, Cincinnati, Ohio April 6, 2002 EVENT Women’s Varsity 8+ Race One Race Two Women’s Novice 8+ Race One Race Two Women’s Novice 8+ ‘B’

TIME FINISH 7:40.0 7:28.1

2nd 2nd

8:27.1 8:37.0 8:47.2

3rd 2nd 2nd

KNECHT CUP Cooper River, Camden, N.J. April 13, 2002 EVENT Women’s Varsity 4+ Women’s Novice 8+ Heat Four Women’s Second Novice 8+ Heat Two Women’s Varsity 8+ Heat One

TIME FINISH 7:45.9 3rd 8:04.4

4th

8:07.4

2nd

7:03.2

3rd

SIRA REGATTA Melton Hill Lake, Oak Ridge, Tenn. April 21, 2002 EVENT Women’s Novice 8+ ‘B’ Finals Petite Finals Women’s Varsity 8+ Petite Finals

TIME FINISH 8:11.4 7:49.1

5th 3rd

7:16.3

3rd

BIG EAST WOMEN’S ROWING CHALLENGE Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester, Mass. April 28, 2002 EVENT Women’s Varsity 8+ Grand Finals Women’s Novice 8+ Petite Finals Women’s Second Novice 8+ Grand Final

TIME FINISH +29.06

6th

8:12.94

3rd

8:15.34

5th

DAD VAIL REGATTA Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. May 10-11, 2002 EVENT TIME FINISH Women’s Novice Four First Round (Heat One) 8:36.3 3rd Women’s Novice Heavyweight Eight First Round (Heat Five) 7:47.9 5th Women’s Varsity Heavyweight Eight Petite Finals 6:55.4 2nd

2002-2003 RESULTS HEAD OF THE OHIO Allegheny River, Pittsburgh, Pa. October 5, 2002 EVENT Women’s Club 8+ Women’s Open 8+ H.J. Heinz Exhibition Sprints

TIME FINISH 16:46.3 6th 15:29.8 8th 2:36.6 1st

NAVY DAY REGATTA Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. October 12, 2002 EVENT TIME FINISH Women’s College Fours “B” 15:22.7 2nd “A” 15:55.7 8th Women’s College Novice Eights “A” 15:53.7 6th “C” 17:45.3 12th “B” 17:47.6 13th Women’s College JV Eights 14:50.1 5th Women’s Club Fours 19:09.3 4th Women’s College Heavyweight Eight 13:53.4 3rd HEAD OF THE CHARLES Charles River, Cambridge, Mass. October 19, 2002 EVENT Women’s College 8+ Women’s College 4+

TIME FINISH 17:28.48 2nd 21:03.59 30th

HEAD OF THE SCHUYLKILL Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. October 26, 2002 EVENT Women’s Novice 4+ Women’s Club Eights Women’s Novice 8+ “A” “B” Women’s Championship Eights

TIME FINISH 19:36.18 3rd 16:18.83 11th 17:10.38 18:17.30 14:39.03

10th 27th 3rd

HEAD RACE VS. DUQUESNE Monongahela River, Morgantown, W. Va. March 23, 2003 EVENT Race One (1,000 meters) Women’s Varsity 8+

Women’s Second Varsity 8+ Women’s Novice 8+ “A” “B” Race Two (1,000 meters) Women’s Varsity 8+ Women’s Second Varsity 8+ Women’s Novice 8+ “A” “B” Race Three (1,000 meters) Women’s Varsity 8+ Women’s Second Varsity 8+ Women’s Novice 8+ “A” “B” Race Four (1,000 meters) Women’s Varsity 8+ Women’s Second Varsity 8+ Women’s Novice 8+ “A” “B”

3:37.1

1st

3:44.1 3:46.9

1st 1st

3:28.3 3:40.6

1st 1st

3:46.8 3:49.1

1st 1st

3:29.0 3:40.6

1st 1st

3:53.0 3:55.9

1st 1st

3:35.7 3:37.9

1st 1st

3:43.5 3:48.5

1st 1st

SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC Mission Bay, San Diego, Calif. April 5, 2003 EVENT TIME FINISH Women’s Cal Cup Grand Final 6:57.00 1st KNECHT CUP Cooper River, Camden, N.J. April 11, 2003 EVENT Women’s Singles Women’s Novice 4+ Petite Final Women’s Second Novice 8+ Grand Final Women’s Second Varsity 8+ Petite Final Women’s Varsity 8+ Grand Final

TIME FINISH 9:21.27 4th 8:50.9

5th

7:53.8

1st

7:26.9

3rd

6:51.5

1st

SIRA REGATTA April 19, 2003 Melton Hill Lake, Oak Ridge, Tenn. EVENT Women’s Novice 8+ “B” Final Women’s Novice 8+ “A” Final Women’s JV 8+ “A” Final Women’s Varsity 8+ “A” Final

TIME FINISH 7:26.1

1st

7:14.7

5th

7:07.4

3rd

6:35.7

2nd

BIG EAST WOMEN’S ROWING CHALLENGE Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester, Mass. April 27, 2003 EVENT Novice 8+ Petite Final Second Novice 8+ Grand Final Varsity 8+ Grand Final Second Varsity 8+ Petite Final

TIME FINISH 7:16.8

2nd

7:20.41

2nd

6:37.71

4th

7:06.92

2nd

DAD VAIL REGATTA Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. May 10, 2003 EVENT TIME FINISH Women’s JV Eight Grand Final 7:08.1 3rd Women’s Heavyweight Varsity 8+ Grand Final 6:39.34 3rd ECAC NATIONAL COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL Cooper River, Camden, N.J. May 11, 2003 EVENT Novice Metro Eight Grand Final Second Varsity Metro Eight Grand Final Varsity Metro Four Petite Final Varsity Metro Eight Grand Final

TIME FINISH 7:48.99

6th

7:23.22

3rd

8:25.62

1st

7:01.25

3rd

2003-2004 RESULTS HEAD OF THE MON Monongahela River, Morgantown, W. Va. October 4, 2003 EVENT Varsity 8+ “A” “B” Novice 8+ “B” “A” Novice 4+ Varsity 2+

TIME FINISH 20:51.44 22:27.80

6th 15th

28:05.95 28:39.36 32:45.55 25:07.31

6th 7th 3rd 4th

HEAD OF THE CHARLES Charles River, Cambridge, Mass. October 19, 2003 EVENT Women’s Collegiate Eight

TIME FINISH 17:09.49 4th

TIME FINISH 3:24.0

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HEAD OF THE SCHUYLKILL Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. October 25, 2003 EVENT TIME FINISH Women’s Heavy Championship Eights ‘A’ 13:50.03 2nd ‘B’ 14:59.34 15th Women’s College Novice Eights ‘B’ 16:00.71 12th ‘A’ 17:47.31 36th SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC Mission Bay, San Diego, Calif. April 3, 2004 EVENT Jessop-Whittier Cup Petite Final

TIME FINISH 7:22.33

7th

KNECHT CUP Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. April 18, 2004 EVENT TIME FINISH Women’s Novice 4+ Petite Final 8:56.3 4th Women’s Second Varsity 8+ Petite Final 7:50.0 4th Women’s Varsity 8+ Petite Final 7:20.5 5th BIG EAST ROWING CHALLENGE Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester, Mass. April 25, 2004 EVENT Varsity 8+ Petite Final Novice 8+ Petite Final Second Varsity 8+ Petite Final

TIME FINISH 7:11.09

1st

8:34.03

2nd

7:38.06

2nd

2004-2005 RESULTS HEAD OF THE OHIO Allegheny River, Pittsburgh, Pa. October 2, 2004 EVENT Women’s Club 1x Women’s Club 4+ ‘A’ ‘B’ Women’s Open 2‘B’ ‘A’ Women’s Youth 8+ ‘B’ Women’s Open 8+ ‘B’ ‘A’ 62

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TIME FINISH 23:30.61 1st 20:02.01 20:52.23

3rd 7th

21:31.56 29:51.56

2nd 6th

23:57.36

23rd

17:37.28 22:15.15

4th 10th

HEAD OF THE CHARLES Charles River, Cambridge, Mass. October 24, 2004

CINCINNATI DUAL RACE Monongahela River, Morgantown, W. Va. April 30, 2005

EVENT Women’s Collegiate 8+

EVENT Women’s Varsity 8+ Women’s Varsity 4+ Women’s Novice 8+

TIME FINISH 13:15.85 3rd

HEAD OF THE SCHUYLKILL Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. October 30, 2004 EVENT Women’s Varsity 8+ Women’s Novice 8+ ‘A’

TIME FINISH 15:14.22 7th 17:12.41

22nd

MURPHY CUP REGATTA Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. March 26, 2005 EVENT Women’s Varsity 4+ Women’s Varsity 8+

TIME FINISH 7:40.08 4th 6:46.51 5th

SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC Mission Bay, San Diego, Calif. April 2, 2005 EVENT Women’s Cal Cup Third Final

TIME FINISH 7:17.80

1st

GEORGE WASHINGTON INVITATIONAL CREW CLASSIC Potomac River, Washington D.C. April 9, 2005 EVENT Women’s Varsity 8+ Grand Final Women’s Second Varsity 8+ Petite Final

TIME FINISH 7:07.50

4th

7:05.70

1st

KNECHT CUP Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. April 16, 2005 EVENT Women’s Varsity 4+ Petite Final Women’s Novice 8+ Third Final Women’s Varsity 8+ Third Final

TIME FINISH 8:24.20

5th

8:16.80

3rd

7:06.50

5th

BIG EAST WOMEN’S ROWING CHALLENGE Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester, Mass. April 23, 2005 EVENT Women’s Varsity 4+ Grand Final Women’s Varsity 8+ Grand Final

TIME FINISH 10:53.92

5th

8:55.48

6th

TIME FINISH 7:26.00 2nd 8:38.00 3rd 8:30.00 3rd

DAD VAIL REGATTA Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. May 14, 2005 EVENT Women’s Varsity 8+ Evelyn Bergman Trophy Women’s Varsity 4+ Third Semi-final Women’s Novice 8+ Heat Six

TIME FINISH 7:31.32

5th

8:58.95

4th

8:43.53

4th

2005-2006 RESULTS HEAD OF THE OHIO Allegheny River, Pittsburgh, Pa. October 1, 2005 EVENT Women’s Open Pairs ‘A’ ‘B’ ‘C’ Women’s Novice 4+ Women’s College Singles Women’s Club Eights Women’s Novice 8+ Women’s Open Fours Women’s Open Eights

TIME FINISH 18:05.00 19:34.62 20:12.67 20:16.96 19:58.46 16:45.08 19:26.22 19:03.40 16:01.96

4th 7th 8th 6th 1st 9th 5th 10th 4th

HEAD OF THE ELK St. Joseph’s River, Elkhart, Ind. October 26, 2005 EVENT Women’s Open 8+ ‘A’ Women’s Open 8+ ‘B’ Women’s Novice 8+ ‘A’

TIME FINISH 15:15.53

6th

16:23.50

8th

17:46.22

6th

MURPHY CUP REGATTA Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. March 25, 2006 EVENT Women’s Varsity 4+ Heat 3 Women’s Varsity 8+ Heat 3 Women’s Novice 4+ Grand Final

TIME FINISH 7:59.59

2nd

7:02.52

4th

8:20.07

2nd

KNECHT CUP Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. April 9, 2006

HEAD OF THE GENESEE Genesee River, Rochester, N.Y. October 8, 2006

SIRA REGATTA Melton Hill Lake, Oak Ridge, Tenn. April 22, 2007

EVENT Women’s Varsity 4+ Heat 3 Women’s Varsity 8+ Semi-final 2

EVENT Women’s Open Eight Championship Results

EVENT Women’s Varsity 8+ ‘B’ Final Women’s Novice 4+ ‘A’ Final Women’s Varsity 4+ ‘A’ Final

TIME FINISH 9:16.20

4th

7:54.90

6th

SIRA REGATTA Melton Hill Lake, Oak Ridge, Tenn. April 15, 2006 EVENT Women’s Novice 4+ ‘B’ Final Women’s Varsity 4+ ‘B’ Final Women’s Varsity 8+ ‘B’ Final

TIME FINISH 8:52.6

5th

8:32.0

6th

7:15.7

4th

BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester, Mass. April 30, 2006 EVENT Novice 4+ Grand Final Varsity 4+ Grand Final Varsity 8+ Petite Final

TIME FINISH 8:08.45

3rd

8:08.22

6th

7:16.67

3rd

DAD VAIL REGATTA Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. May 12-13, 2006 EVENT Women’s Varsity 8+ Repechage One Women’s Varsity 4+ Semi-final Three Women’s Novice 4+ Grand Final

TIME FINISH 7:45.05

5th

7:14.6

3rd

7:49.97

3rd

2006-2007 RESULTS HEAD OF THE OHIO Allegheny River, Pittsburgh, Pa. October 7, 2006 EVENT Women’s Open Pairs ‘A’ ‘B’ ‘C’ ‘D’ Women’s College Singles ‘A’ ‘B’ Women’s Open Fours WVU Lights ‘B’ Women’s Lightweight Fours Women’s Open Eights

TIME FINISH 16:22.20 16:54.10 17:01.92 17:16.66

3rd 4th 6th 7th

17:58.84 18:04.81

2nd 3rd

15:04.61 16:41.57 23:59.59 13:50.66

2nd 10th 10th 1st

TIME FINISH 32:15.47

11th

HEAD OF THE CHARLES Charles River, Cambridge, Mass. October 21, 2006 EVENT Women’s Club Eights

TIME FINISH 18:57.69 7th

MURPHY CUP REGATTA Schuylkill River, Philadelphia Pa. March 24, 2007 EVENT Women’s Novice 8+ Heat One Women’s Varsity 8+ Heat One

TIME FINISH 5:59.51

2nd

6:18.36

4th

TIME FINISH 7:29.22

8:13.09

5th

5th

GEORGE WASHINGTON INVITATIONAL Potomac River, Washington D.C. April 6-7, 2007 EVENT Women’s Novice 8+ against Georgetown against George Washington against Delaware Women’s Varsity 8+ against Georgetown against George Washington against Delaware

6th

8:32.7

6th

7:37.9

1st

BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester, Mass. April 29, 2007 EVENT Women’s Varsity 4+ Grand Final Women’s Novice 4+ Grand Final Women’s Varsity 8+ Petite Final

TIME FINISH 7:35.74

2nd

8:00.24

3rd

7:29.21

3rd

EVENT Women’s Varsity 8+ Heat Four Women’s Novice 4+ Heat Two Women’s Varsity 4+ Grand Final

TIME FINISH 7:16.16`

5th

8:17.91

4th

7:35.33

5th

2007-2008 RESULTS

TIME FINISH 7:25.6 7:33.7 7:44.4

2nd 2nd 2nd

6:49.2 7:02.8 6:28.0

2nd 2nd 2nd

KNECHT CUP Schuylkill River, Philadelphia Pa. April 14, 2007 EVENT Women’s Novice 4+ Grand Final Women’s Varsity 4+ Grand Final Women’s Novice 8+ Heat Five Women’s Varsity 8+ Third Final

7:26.8

DAD VAIL REGATTA Schuylkill River, Philadelphia Pa. May 12-13, 2007

SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC Mission Bay, San Diego, Calif. April 1, 2007 EVENT Women’s Cal Cup Petite Final Women’s Collegiate Novice Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy ‘C’

TIME FINISH

TIME FINISH 8:46.0

6th

7:58.1

5th

7:44.1

6th

7:36.7

5th

HEAD OF THE OHIO Allegheny River, Pittsburgh, Pa. October 6, 2007 EVENT Women’s Open 4+ ‘A’ ‘B’ Women’s Open 8+

TIME FINISH 17:28.51 19:16.3 16:34.01

3rd 14th 7th

HEAD OF THE OCCOQUAN Occoquan River, Fairfax Station, Va. November 3, 2007 EVENT TIME FINISH Collegiate Women’s 8+ 19:23.92 8th College Women Novice 4+ 25:41.1 5th Women’s Collegiate Novice 8+ ‘A’ 22:08.72 13th ‘B’ 24:08.85 18th Women’s Collegiate 4+ ‘A’ 20:14.74 1st ‘B’ 21:30.23 10th

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DAYTON, DUQUESNE Eastwood Lake, Dayton, Ohio April 5, 2008

HEAD OF THE OCCOQUAN Occoquan River, Fairfax Station, Va. November 1, 2008

EVENT Varsity 8+ Varsity 4+ Novice 8+ Novice 4+ ‘A’ Novice 4+ ‘B’

EVENT TIME FINISH Women’s Collegiate 4+ ‘A’ 19:13.14 3rd ‘B’ 19:57.39 10th ‘C’ 21:10.79 17th Women’s Collegiate 8+ 17:36.17 5th Women’s Collegiate Novice 4+ ‘A’ 20:56.29 3rd ‘B’ 25:01.63 12th Women’s Collegiate Novice 8+ 19:40.26 12th

TIME FINISH 6:39.8 2nd 7:46.8 1st 7:16.3 3rd 8:16.8 3rd 8:45.4 2nd

KNECHT CUP Cooper River, Camden, N.J. April 12, 2008 EVENT Women’s Novice 4+ Heat Two Women’s Varsity 4+ Grand Final Women’s Second Varsity 4+ Final Women’s Novice 8+ Petite Final Women’s Varsity 8+ Third Final

TIME FINISH 9:24.6

5th

7:32.4

2nd

8:20.7

4th

7:36.9

4th

7:16.6

6th

BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS Melton Hill Lake, Oak Ridge, Tenn. April 27, 2008 EVENT Varsity 4+ Petite Final Varsity 8+ Petite Final

TIME FINISH 8:27.50

1st

7:19.64

2nd

DAD VAIL REGATTA Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. May 10, 2008 EVENT Women’s Varsity Hvwt Four Grand Final Margaret McNiff Trophy Women’s Varsity Pair Semi-finals Women’s Novice Eight Semi-finals

TIME FINISH

7:26.94

4th

8:22.87

5th

7:04.11

6th

2008-2009 RESULTS HEAD OF THE OHIO Allegheny River, Pittsburgh, Pa. September 27, 2008 EVENT Women’s Open 4+ ‘A’ ‘B’

TIME FINISH 17:06.71 18:09.03

2nd 8th

MURHPY CUP Schuylkill River, Philadelphia Pa. March 28, 2009 EVENT Women’s Varsity 8+ Heat One Women’s Varsity 4+ Heat Six Women’s Novice 8+ Grand Final Women’s Novice 4+ Heat One Heat Three

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7:07.07

5th

7:59.80

3rd

7:23.68

6th

8:05.02 8:15.82

2nd 2nd

DAYTON, DUQUESNE, GEORGE MASON Monongahela River, Morgantown, WV April 4, 2009 EVENT Women’s Varsity 8+ Women’s Varsity 4+ Women’s Frosh/Novice 4+ Women’s Frosh/Novice 8+

TIME FINISH 6:41.20 4th 7:06.30 1st 7:49.30 3rd 6:21.30 2nd

8:43.90

6th

7:37.90

2nd

BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS Cooper River, Camden, N.J. April 25, 2009 EVENT Women’s Varsity 8+ Petite Final Women’s Varsity 4+ Grand Final Women’s Novice 8+ Grand Final

TIME FINISH 6:59.59

1st

8:31.04

6th

7:21.64

5th

DAD VAIL REGATTA Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. May 9, 2009 EVENT TIME FINISH *Women’s Heavyweight Eight 4:53.66 22nd *Women’s Pair 6:38.48 16th Women’s Frosh/Novice Eight Semi-Final Two 7:07.00 5th *Timed Trials were used due to weather conditions

2009-2010 RESULTS HEAD OF THE OHIO Allegheny River, Pittsburgh, Pa. October 3, 2009 EVENT Women’s Open 8+ ‘A’ ‘B’

TIME FINISH 15:35.14 16:02.67

KNECHT CUP Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. April 9, 2009

HEAD OF THE MON Monongahela River, Star City, WV October 10, 2009

EVENT Women’s Varsity Pair Heat Two Women’s Frosh/Novice Four Grand Final Women’s Varsity Four Grand Final Women’s Second Varsity Four Grand Final Women’s Frosh/Novice Eight Semi Two Women’s Varsity Eight Third Final

EVENT Women’s Varsity 8+ ‘A’ ‘B’ Women’s Varsity 4+ ‘A’ ‘B’ ‘C’ Women’s Varsity 2‘A’ ‘B’ ‘C’

TIME FINISH 9:19.80

4th

9:30.70

3rd

9:02.10

4th

64:30.0

1st

7:54.20

5th

7:43.20

4th

SIRA REGATTA Melton Hill Lake, Oak Ridge, Tenn. April 18, 2009 EVENT Women’s Varsity 8+ Petite Final

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Women’s Varsity 4+ Petite Final Women’s Novice 8+ Petite Final

TIME FINISH 7:25.50

5th

3rd 6th

TIME FINISH 19:23.00 20:06.00

1st 4th

21:04.00 21:23.00 21:40.00

4th 5th 6th

23:32.00 23:59.00 25:41.00

1st 2nd 3rd

HEAD OF THE OCCOQUAN Occoquan River, Fairfax Station, Va. October 31, 2009 EVENT Women’s Collegiate 8+ ‘A’ ‘B’ Women’s Collegiate 4+ ‘A’ ‘B’

TIME FINISH 18:43.69 19:34.95

8th 14th

19:59.41 20:56.10

3rd 12th

‘C’ Women’s Novice 8+ Women’s Novice 4+ ‘A’ ‘B’

21:27.01 22:25.57

16th 15th

24:33.41 26:21.51

9th 15th

AT NORTH CAROLINA Lake Lure, N.C. April 2, 2010 EVENT Women’s Varsity 8+ Women’s Second Varsity 8+ Women’s Novice 8+ Women’s Novice 4+ Women’s Varsity 4+

TIME FINISH 6:10.46 1st 6:22.75 1st 6:47.16 1st 7:52.50 2nd 7:24.13 2nd

KNECHT CUP Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. April 11, 2010 EVENT Women’s Frosh/Novice Four Petite Final ‘A’ ‘B’ Women’s Varsity Four Grand Final Women’s Second Varsity Four Heat One Women’s Frosh/Novice Eight Grand Final Women’s Second Varsity Eight Petite Final Women’s Varsity Eight Heat Two

TIME FINISH

8:19.43 8:49.82

2nd 6th

7:50.44

5th

8:22.34

5th

7:24.73

5th

7:13.08

6th

7:03.89

4th

GEORGE MASON Monongahela River, Star City, WV April 17, 2010 EVENT Women’s Varsity 8+ Women’s Second Varsity 8+ Women’s Varsity 4+ Women’s Novice 4+ ‘A’ ‘B’

TIME FINISH 7:31.68 2nd 7:49.41 2nd 8:59.90 2nd 8:46.12 8:52.36

2nd 3rd

BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester, Mass. April 25, 2010 EVENT Women’s Second Varsity 4+ Grand Final Women’s Varsity 4+ Grand Final Women’s Novice 8+ Grand Final Women’s Second Varsity 8+ Petite Final Women’s Varsity 8+ Petite Final

TIME FINISH 8:21.32

5th

8:33.21

3rd

8:02.34

4th

8:05.74

1st

7:37.15

1st

ECAC MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Cooper River, Camden, N.J. May 1, 2010

PHILADELPHIA FROSTBITE Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. November 13, 2010

EVENT Women’s Novice 8+ Grand Final Women’s Varsity 4+ Third Final Grand Final Women’s Varsity 8+ Petite Final Women’s Second Varsity 8+ Petite Final

EVENT Women’s Master Doubles ‘B’ ‘C’ ‘A’ Women’s Novice 4+ Flight Two ‘A’ Flight Three ‘B’ ‘C’ Women’s Novice 8+ Flight Two ‘A’ Flight Three ‘B’ Women’s Varsity 4+ Flight One ‘B’ Flight Three ‘A’ Women’s Varsity 8+ Flight Two ‘B’ Flight Four ‘A’

TIME FINISH 7:18.60

3rd

8:34.40 8:06.18

3rd 5th

6:54.12

2nd

7:16.13

2nd

2010-2011 RESULTS HEAD OF THE OHIO Allegheny River, Pittsburgh, Pa. October 9, 2010 EVENT Women’s Open 8+ ‘A’ ‘B’ Women’s Open 2x ‘A’ ‘B’ Women’s Open 4+ ‘A’ ‘B’ ‘C’

TIME FINISH 15:05.88 16:02.89

1st 7th

17:23.60 17:54.85

2nd 3rd

16:48.07 17:20.11 18:44.31

5th 10th 19th

TIME FINISH 17:00.54 17:08.19

5th 7th

15:51.53 17:40.53

7th 21st

18:56.64 19:50.50

11th 13th

1st 2nd 4th

8:11.74

2nd

8:40.69 9:18.24

1st 2nd

7:41.66

4th

8:35.65

4th

7:45.32

2nd

7:41.46

2nd

7:13.92

1st

7:09.50

3rd

EVENT Women’s Novice 4+ Women’s Novice 8+ Women’s Second Varsity 8+ Women’s Varsity 8+

TIME FINISH 9:28.15 5th 8:06.71 3rd 7:47.10 3rd 7:13.20 2nd

OCCOQUAN SPRINTS Occoquan Reservoir, Fairfax Station, Va. April 3, 2011

17:46.65 19:11.30

6th 20th

EVENT Women’s Novice 8+ Grand Final Women’s Second Varsity 8+ Grand Final Women’s Varsity 8+ Grand Final Women’s Varsity 4+ Heat One

19:02.42 19:48.11 20:23.31

2nd 7th 15th

KNECHT CUP REGATTA Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. April 9-10, 2011

21:40.57 22:43.72 25:44.43

3rd 7th 16th

20:40.39 22:01.42

10th 16th

HEAD OF THE OCCOQUAN Occoquan River, Fairfax Station, Va. November 6, 2010 EVENT Women’s Collegiate 8+ ‘A’ ‘B’ Women’s Collegiate 4+ ‘A’ ‘B’ ‘C’ Women’s Novice 4+ ‘A’ ‘B’ ‘C’ Women’s Novice 8+ ‘A’ ‘B’

7:51.25 7:56.74 8:18.33

UNC, GEORGE MASON Lake Wheeler, Raleigh, N.C. March 19, 2011

HEAD OF THE SCHUYLKILL Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. October 30, 2010 EVENT Women’s Open 4+ ‘A’ ‘B’ Women’s Championship 8+ ‘A’ ‘B’ Women’s Singles ‘A’ ‘B’

TIME FINISH

TIME FINISH

EVENT Women’s Novice 4+ Grand Final Women’s Second Varsity 8+ Petite Final Women’s Varsity 8+

TIME FINISH 8:43.32

5th

7:45.28

3rd

7:26.82

2nd

9:26.63

4th

TIME FINISH 8:21.49

1st

7:31.55

4th

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Grand Final Women’s Varsity 4+ Heat One Heat Five

7:02.74

5th

8:49.22 8:54.60

6th 4th

BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS Cooper River Park, Pennsauken, N.J. May 1, 2011 EVENT Women’s Second Varsity 4+ Grand Final Women’s Varsity 4+ Grand Final Women’s Second Varsity 8+ Petite Final Women’s Varsity 8+ Grand Final

TIME FINISH 8:22.32

3rd

8:12.76

6th

7:37.58

2nd

7:01.94

6th

‘B’ ‘C’

18:39.69 19 :35.9 0

7th 15th

HEAD OF THE KANAWHA Kanawha River, Charleston, W. Va. October 15, 2011 EVENT TIME FINISH Women’s Open 1+ ‘A’ 22:29 1st ‘B’ 23:15 3rd Women’s Open 8+ 19:14 1st HEAD OF THE SCHUYLKILL Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. October 29, 2011 EVENT Women’s Open 4+ ‘A’ 66

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TIME FINISH 15:51.76

5th

18th 20th

HEAD OF THE OCCOQUAN Occoquan Reservoir, Fairfax Station, Va. November 5, 2011 EVENT Women’s Novice 4+ ‘A’ ‘B’ Women’s Novice 8+ ‘A’ ‘B’

TIME FINISH 22:00.85 23:42.68

2nd 7th

20:40.84 23:53.22

6th 18th

PHILADELPHIA FROSTBITE Cooper River, Pennsauken, N.J. November 12, 2011

EVENT DAD VAIL REGATTA Women’s Open Double Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. ‘A’ May 14, 2011 ‘C’ EVENT TIME FINISH ‘B’ Women’s Pair Women’s Novice 4+ Semi-Final Two 8:34.61 3rd Flight Two Women’s Varsity 8+ ‘A’ Petite Final 6:49.36 2nd Flight Three Women’s Frosh/Novice 4+ ‘B’ Grand Final 8:10.52 5th Women’s Novice 8+ Flight One ‘A’ 2011-12 RESULTS Flight Two ‘B’ HEAD OF THE OHIO Women’s Varsity 4+ Allegheny River, Pittsburgh, Pa. Flight Two October 1, 2011 ‘A’ Flight Three EVENT TIME FINISH ‘B’ Women’s Open 8+ 15:59.20 1st Women’s Open 2x 18:50.69 2nd ‘C’ Women’s Varsity 8+ (Gribbons) Flight One 19:49.01 ‘B’ (Spencer) 3rd Flight Three Women’s Open 4+ ‘A’ ‘C’ 17:32.13 1st ‘B’ ‘A’

16:43.33 16:58.36

TIME FINISH 7:59.39 8:15.09 8:17.60

1st 2nd 3rd

9:22.65

4th

10:01.18

4th

7:42.85

2nd

9:03.29

3rd

7:50.05

1st

8:13.17 8:31.29

1st 2nd

7:37.47

4th

6:59.20

2nd

TIME FINISH 8:16.77 2nd 7:53.14 1st 7:32.79 3rd 7:03.66 2nd

OCCOQUAN SPRINTS Occoquan Reservoir, Fairfax Station, Va. April 1, 2012 EVENT Women’s Second Varsity 8+ Petite Final Women’s Novice 4+ Semifinal One

7:56.28

4th

7:01.60

6th

KNECHT CUP REGATTA Cooper River, Cherry Hill, N.J. April 14-15, 2012 EVENT Women’s Novice 4+ Grand Final Women’s Varsity 4+ Third Final Women’s Second Varsity 8+ Third Final Women’s Varsity 8+ Petite Final

TIME FINISH 8:34.05

6th

8:01.28

1st

7:16.68

5th

6:42.72

4th

DAYTON Monongahela River, Morgantown, W.Va. April 21, 2012 (*Official times and margins not recorded) EVENT TIME FINISH Women’s Varsity 8+ Race One 2nd Race Two 2nd Women’s Varsity 4+ Race One 1st Race Two 1st NOTRE DAME INVITATIONAL Eagle Creek Reservoir, Indianapolis April 28, 2012 EVENT Women’s Varsity 8+ Petite Final Women’s Second Varsity 8+ Petite Final Women’s Varsity 4+ Petite Final Women’s Second Varsity 4+ Petite Final

TIME

FINISH

7:11.9

1st

7:31.7

1st

8:23.2

1st

8:40.9

3rd

BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS Mercer Lake, West Windsor, N.J. May 13, 2012

AT NORTH CAROLINA, GEORGETOWN Lake Wheeler, Raleigh, N.C. March 24, 2012 EVENT Second Varsity 4+ Varsity 4+ Second Varsity 8+ Varsity 8+

Women’s Varsity 4+ Semifinal One Women’s Varsity 8+ Grand Final

TIME FINISH 7:28.35

2nd

8:12.60

1st

EVENT Women’s Second Varsity 4+ Final Women’s Varsity 4+ Petite Final Women’s Second Varsity 8+ Petite Final Women’s Varsity 8+ Petite Final

TIME FINISH 8:11.72

4th

7:58.21

2nd

7:08.9

2nd

6:59.36

2nd

2012-2013 RESULTS HEAD OF THE OHIO Allegheny River, Pittsburgh, Pa. October 6, 2012 EVENT TIME FINISH Women’s Open 8+ ‘A’ 15:22.51 4th ‘B’ 15:30.75 5th Women’s Open 4+ ‘A’ 16:30.83 2nd ‘B’ 15th ‘C’ 21st HEAD OF THE SCHUYLKILL Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa October 27, 2012 EVENT Women’s Open 1+ Women’s Open 8+ ‘A’ ‘B’ Women’s Open 4+ ‘A’ ‘B’ ‘C’

TIME FINISH 17:43.05 10th 14:38.99 15:02.54

12th 20th

15:54.86 17:05.23 17:01.47

4th 21st 20th

HEAD OF THE OCCOQUAN Occoquan Reservoir, Fairfax Station, Va. November 3, 2012 EVENT TIME FINISH Women’s Novice 4+ ‘A’ 22:14.12 4th ‘B’ 22:28.69 6th ‘C’ 22:45.63 9th Women’s Novice 8+ ‘A’ 20:41.36 7th ‘B’ 22:09.53 17th PHILADELPHIA FROSTBITE Cooper River, Cherryhill, N.J. November 10, 2012 EVENT Women’s Open Double ‘A’ ‘B’ ‘C’ Women’s Novice 4+ ‘A’ ‘B’ ‘C’ Women’s Novice 8+ ‘A’ ‘B’ Women’s Varsity 4+ ‘A’ ‘B’ ‘C’ Women’s Varsity 8+ ‘A’ ‘B’

TIME FINISH 8:02.05 8:09.92 8:22.89

1st 2nd 4th

9:01.27 9:09.01 9:10.58

1st 2nd 3rd

8:17.76 8:41.85

1st 4th

8:04.05 8:09.68 8:34.69

1st 1st 2nd

7:12.11 7:37.06

2nd 2nd

OAK RIDGE CARDINAL INVITATIONAL Melton Hill Lake, Oak Ridge, Tenn. March 16-17, 2013

BUCKNELL, UCONN & DELAWARE Pinchot Lake, Lewisberry, Pa. April 27, 2013

EVENT TIME FINISH Women’s Varsity 8+ ‘A’ 6:57.9 3rd ‘B’ 3rd Women’s Varsity 4+ ‘A’ 8:24.5 3rd ‘B’ 8:40.4 3rd ‘C’ 8:49.7 3rd Women’s Varsity 8+ ‘A’ 6:49.3 2nd ‘B’ 6:55.13 2nd Women’s Varsity 4+ ‘A’ 8:14.39 2nd Women’s Novice 8+ ‘A’ 7:32.16 2nd Women’s Varsity 8+ ‘A’ 7:09.96 3rd ‘B’ 7:17.56 2nd ‘C’ 8:02.1 1st Women’s Varsity 4+ ‘A’ 8:22.84 2nd

EVENT TIME FINISH Women’s Varsity 8+ ‘A’ 6:53.2 2nd ‘B’ 7:05.7 1st ‘C’ 7:49.5 2nd Women’s Varsity 4+ ‘A’ 6:58.1 2nd ‘B’ 8:25.7 2nd Women’s Varsity 8+ ‘A’ 6:54.2 1st ‘B’ 7:16.5 1st ‘C’ 2nd Women’s Varsity 4+ ‘A’ 7:27.5 1st ‘B’ 7:49.6 3rd

ALABAMA & UCF Black Warrior River, Tuscaloosa, Ala. April 6, 2013 EVENT Women’s Varsity 8+ ‘A’ ‘B’ Women’s Varsity 4+ ‘A’ ‘B’

TIME FINISH 7:41.5 7:57.6

1st 3rd

9:13.9 9:10.4

3rd 2nd

KNECHT CUP Cooper River, Cherry Hill, N.J. April 13-14, 2013 EVENT Women’s Varsity 8+ ‘A’ ‘B’ Women’s Novice 4+ ‘B’ Women’s Varsity 4+ ‘A’ ‘B’ Women’s Novice 8+ ‘A’ Women’s Varsity 8+ Grand Final ‘A’ Petite Finals ‘B’

TIME FINISH 6:40.3 7:04.39

2nd 3rd

8:49.09

5th

8:34.35 8:34.37

6th 6th

7:59.41

4th

6:49.14

5th

7:12.88

4th

BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIPS Wyandotte County Lake, Kansas City, Kan. May 4, 2013 EVENT Women’s Varsity 8+ ‘A’ ‘B’ ‘C’ Women’s Varsity 4+ ‘A’ ‘B’

TIME FINISH 6:36.45 6:46.66 7:01.12

3rd 4th 5th

7:48.61 5th 8.00.76 4th

CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIPS Melton Hill Lake, Oak Ridge, Tenn. May 18, 2013 EVENT Women’s Varsity 8+ ‘A’ ‘B’ Women’s Varsity 8+ Grand Final ‘A’ ‘B’ Women’s Varsity 4+ ‘A’ Women’s Varsity 4+ Petite Final ‘A’ Women’s Open 4+ ‘A’ ‘B’

TIME FINISH 6:49.53 6:59.9

3rd 3rd

6:47.56 7:06.06

5th 5th

7:59.62

6th

7:59.88

5th

8:07.27 8:03.84

4th 3rd

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Kate Abernathy........................Princeton, N.J............................ 2000-2003 Christina Alicea......................... Elkins, W. Va.............................. 2007-2008 Lori Arbogast.......................Morgantown, W. Va........................ 2000-2001 Meg Ayers................................ Dayton, Ohio............................. 2002-2006

Christy Davison...................Cross Lanes, W. Va........................ 2003-2005 Lisa Deklau..............................Gambrills, Md............................. 2012-2013 Gaetane D.L. Bourdonnaye......Boulogne, France.............................2002-2004 Christine DeRienzo..................Bethpage, N.Y............................ 2000-2002 Noelle Dodge............................Philipi, W. Va.............................. 2000-2002 Brittany Doss.......................Cross Lanes, W. Va........................ 2011-2012 Elizabeth Duarte..................Morgantown, W. Va. ...................... 2012-2013 Teresa Dugan........................ Gaithersburg, Md.......................... 2006-2007 Anastasia DuPont.................Clarksburg, W. Va.......................... 2011-2011

-BAlexandra Basil......................Wellsburg, W. Va........................... 2012-2012 Katie Baylor...............................Dublin, Ohio............................. 2002-2006 Kimberly Benda........................ Comox, B.C.............................. 2006-2010 Brooke Bissett.....................Morgantown, W. Va........................ 2001-2001 Whitney Blume................. Shepherdstown, W. Va. .................... 2006-2007 Emily Boehler..........................Pittsburgh, Pa............................. 2006-2008 Anna-Claire Bowers........... Kearneysville, W. Va........................ 2011-2011 Brittany Brooks........................ Nanaimo, B.C............................. 2006-2010 Ashley Brown.........................Bluefield, W. Va........................... 2001-2001 Stephanie Brown..................... Liverpool, N.Y............................. 2007-2009 Kaitlyn Brownson................ Poughkeepsie, N.Y......2006-2008, 2009-2011 Laura Buch............................... Lyme, Conn.............................. 2002-2004 Megan Bush............................Springfield, Va............................ 2005-2008

-CNicole Canales....................... Warrington, Pa............................ 2004-2007 Sarah Cartwright................ Kearneysville, W. Va........................ 2011-2012 Shannon Clark....................... Wheeling, W. Va........................... 2000-2001 Allison Coates..........................Leesburg, Va............................. 2013-2013 Rachel Cokeley.....................Harrisville, W. Va........................... 2012-2013 Cara Cruikshank............... Saratoga Springs, N.Y...................... 2003-2005

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-EKaitlyn Eason............................ Dauphin, Pa.............................. 2012-2012 Carla Edwards.................. St. Catharines, Ontario..................... 2006-2007 Caitlin Everett....................... Ballston Spa, N.Y.......................... 2002-2006

-FMallory Fisher............................. Hartly, Del................................ 2011-2013 Alexandra Flavion................Cranberry Twp., Pa......................... 2009-2011 Susan Frizzell........................ Walkersville, Md........................... 2000-2001

-GLesley Garcia............................ Orlando, Fla.............................. 2006-2007 Erin Goodman....................... Williamshon, Pa........................... 2001-2003 Laura Goren........................El Dorado Hills, Calif....................... 2003-2006 Shannon Gribbons............... Port Elgin, Ontario......................... 2009-2012 Tina Griffith..........................West Liberty, W. Va......................... 2000-2003

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Gillian Hanbury.................... Whitefish Bay, Wis......................... 2007-2009 Sarah Hansard....................Charles Town, W. Va........................ 2012-2012 Susannah Hartlove....................Ephrata, Pa.............................. 2013-2013 Michelle Heier.................... Upper Arlington, Ohio...................... 2005-2007 Amanda Hirsch........................Pittsburgh, Pa............................. 2009-2012 Jessica Hurlbert........................ Stanley, Va............................... 2011-2013

Amanda Mahasky.................... Freehold, N.J............................. 2007-2010 Jaclyn Maritato....................... Rockaway, N.J............................ 2000-2001 Jess Martini........................... Tinton Falls, N.J........................... 2002-2004 Maclyn McCall........................ Rainelle, W. Va............................ 2000-2001 Jeannine McCarty....................Vineland, N.J............................. 2010-2013 Erin McLaughlin......................... Bel Air, Md............................... 2002-2005 Hilary Meale......................... Morgantown, W.Va. ....................... 2011-2013 Christina Mehrtens............... Hillsborough, N.J.......................... 2012-2012 Enya Messersmith................ Spring Grove, Pa.......................... 2012-2013 Alita Meyers..............................Elizabeth, Pa............................. 2007-2011 Caitlin Murphy...................... Hillsborough, N.J.......................... 2009-2011

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Mary Ignatiadis........................Huntsville, Ala............................. 2013-2013

-KMelissa Kane........................Seaside Park, N.J.......................... 2006-2007 Liz Kantak................................................................................... 2013-2013 Risha Kelley............................Fairmont, W. Va........................... 2001-2003 Jessica Kelly............................. Wexford, Pa.............................. 2008-2012 Rebecca Knecht.....................Ellicott City, Md........................... 2012-2012 Kelly Kramer.......................... Lakewood, Ohio.......................... 2012-2013 Quinn Kratovil.......................Fairfax Station, Va......................... 2009-2009 Brett Krumholz......................... Reading, Pa.............................. 2009-2010 Angie Keslin......................... Chattanooga, Tenn......................... 2001-2001

-LMorgan Leach......................Virginia Beach, Va......................... 2011-2013 Kirsten Leslie.........................Sydney, Australia.......................... 2001-2005 Kat Loya............................... Silver Spring, Md.......................... 2006-2008

-NMegan Neckelmann........... Medford Lakes, N.J........................ 2010-2011 Erin Nisbet...............................Somerset, N.J............................ 2000-2003

-OMeghann Ostrom................... Dumfries, W. Va........................... 2007-2008

-PAmelia Payne........................Edmonton, Alberta........................ 2001-2005 Kensie Phillips..................Mount Maunganui, N.Z. ................... 2007-2010 Rachelle Purych....................... Victoria, B.C.............................. 2010-2013

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Robin Reed............................ Princeton, W. Va........................... 2003-2006 Danika Rencken.........................Hollis, N.H............................... 2012-2013 Caroline Rettig........................Cincinnati, Ohio........................... 2006-2010 Tamyra Roberts........................Vineland, N.J............................. 2012-2013 Stephanie Roof......................Harrison City, Pa.......................... 2007-2010 Bethanne Rook........................ Newtown, Pa............................. 2000-2001 Mollie Rosen............................Bethesda, Md............................. 2012-2013

Alyssa Thompson.............. Lincoln University, Pa....................... 2010-2012 Joanna Thompson................... Rockville, Md............................. 2007-2008

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Bethany Anne Sapen...............Harrisburg, Pa............................ 2012-2013 Christy Scherger......................Charlotte, N.C............................ 2002-2003 Courtney Schrand................Virginia Beach, Va......................... 2011-2013 Melinda Sharon...................... Hopkinton, Ma............................ 2012-2013 Melissa Shaver........................Gainesville, Va............................ 2010-2011 Anna Shealy............................. Augusta, Ga.............................. 2001-2003 Elizabeth Short........................Bethesda, Md............................. 2006-2007 Ellen Shular...........................Orchard Park, N.Y.......................... 2011-2013 Jenelle Spencer.........................Sidney, B.C.............................. 2008-2012 Keyara Stevenson...................Ranson, W. Va............................ 2009-2011 Virginia Stilwell.........................Alexandria, Va............................ 2006-2007 Donna Stullken......................... Augusta, Ga.............................. 2001-2005 Courtney Sullivan.................. Woodbridge, Va........................... 2004-2006

Kathryn Walsh....................... Kensington, N.H........................... 2009-2010 Lauren Washabaugh................. Mt. Airy, Md.............................. 2010-2011 Mollie Welty........................... Woodbridge, Va........................... 2006-2007 Danielle Widecrantz........... Egg Harbor Twp, N.J....................... 2010-2013 Megan Will....................... Brentwood Bay, Victoria.................... 2003-2005

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-VRachel Viglianco................... St. Albans, W. Va.......................... 2009-2011 Karen Verwey............................Te Puke, N.Z.............................. 2011-2013

-YMorgan Yeager....................Morgantown, W. Va........................ 2007-2008

WEST VIRGINIA

UNIVERSITY

President E. Gordon Gee.......................72 Director of Athletics Oliver Luck.............73 Athletics Senior Staff..............................74 WVU Head Coaches...............................75 Athletic Facilities....................................76 Media Information..................................77 WVU Sports Communication.................78

WVU PRESIDENT

E. GORDON

GEE

President

West Virginia University

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Dr. E. Gordon Gee served as president of The Ohio State University from 1990 to 1997 and again from 2007 to 2013. Prior to his service at Ohio State, he led Vanderbilt University (2001-2007), Brown University (1998-2000), the University of Colorado (1985-1990), and West Virginia University (1981-1985). He returned to WVU to serve as president for a term in January 2014. Gee has served in higher education for more than three decades and in 2009 was named by Time magazine as one of the top-10 university presidents in the United States. Born in Vernal, Utah, Gee graduated from the University of Utah with an honors degree in history and earned his J.D. and Ed.D degrees from Columbia University. He clerked under Chief Justice David T. Lewis of the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals before being named a judicial fellow and staff assistant to the U.S. Supreme Court. In this role, he worked for Chief Justice Warren Burger on administrative and legal problems of the Court and federal judiciary. Gee returned to Utah as an associate professor and associate dean in the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, and was granted full professorship in 1978. One year later, he was named dean of the West Virginia University Law School, and, in 1981, was appointed to that university’s presidency. Gee has been a member of several education-governance organizations and committees, including the Big Ten Conference Council of Presidents, the Inter-University Council of Ohio, the Business-Higher Education Forum, and the American Association of Universities. He was chair of the American Council on Education’s Commission on Higher Education Attainment and served as co-chair of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Energy Advisory Committee. In 2009, Gee was invited to join the International Advisory Board of King Adbulaziz University in Saudi Arabia. Active in a number of national professional and service organizations during his tenures, he has served on the boards for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc., Limited Brands, and the National 4-H Council. In 2011, Gee was appointed to serve as secretary on the Board of Directors of Ohio’s economic development program, JobsOhio. In 2011-2012, he was asked by Governor Kasich to chair both the Ohio Higher Education Capital Funding Collaborative and the Ohio Higher Education Funding Commission. And in December 2012, he was asked to serve on the Columbus Education Commission. Gee has received a number of honorary degrees, awards, fellowships, and recognitions. He is a fellow of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest science organization. In 1994, Gee received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Utah, as well as from Teachers College of Columbia University. In 2013, he received the ACE Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award and received the Outstanding Academic Leader of the Year Award on behalf of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He is the co-author of 11 books, including Law, Policy and Higher Education, published in 2012. He is also the author of numerous papers and articles on law and education. Gee’s daughter, Rebekah, is the Medicaid Medical Director for the State of Louisiana, and an assistant professor of Public Health and Medicine at Louisiana State University. She is also a Norman F. Gant/American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology/IOM Anniversary Fellow.

WVU DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS

OLIVER

LUCK

Director of Athletics

West Virginia University

WVU’S DIRECTORS OF ATHLETICS Anthony Chez

1904-13

E.R. Sweetland

1913-14

George Pyle

1914-17

Harry Stansbury

1917-38

Roy “Legs” Hawley 1938-54 Robert “Red” Brown 1954-72 Leland Byrd

1972-78

Richard Martin

1978-81

Fred Schaus

1981-89

Ed Pastilong

1989-2010

Oliver Luck

2010-present

Successful at each of his previous career stops, Oliver Luck continues that streak at West Virginia University. A former Mountaineer quarterback, Luck, appointed the University’s 11th Director of Athletics by President James P. Clements on June 9, 2010, has made significant strides in his first three years to enhance WVU’s role as a major player in the collegiate world. In his first year, Luck hired four head coaches, while maintaining WVU’s superior level of success. In addition to new hires, Luck oversaw the progress of major capital projects, such as the $25 million WVU basketball practice facility for men’s and women’s basketball and the women’s soccer training complex. He also fostered an atmosphere for achievement and triumph in the classroom and on the field. In year two, Luck led WVU into the Big 12 Conference, oversaw the best fundraising year in school history, implemented several safety and crowd enhancements at Mountaineer sporting events, increased overall department revenue, continued a master plan for facility upgrades and watched his football program gain its third BCS bowl victory with a record-setting 70-33 win in the Orange Bowl. In year three, Luck oversaw the reseating of the WVU Coliseum to further increase WVU’s fundraising efforts. He added an 18th varsity sport - the return of men’s golf – teeing it up in 2015 for the first time since 1982, and he continues his tireless work on facility upgrades to keep the Mountaineers competitive in the Big 12. Luck’s athletic and professional career has been the epitome of success, first as a record-setting quarterback for the Mountaineers from 1978-81, then as a professional quarterback for the National Football League’s Houston Oilers, and later as a professional sports executive. Luck’s journey to the big chair at WVU began in his native Cleveland, where in 1977 he was named the Cleveland Touchdown Club Player of the Year at St. Ignatius High. Luck chose WVU over Ivy League schools Harvard and Yale, embarking upon a career that saw him establish school records for touchdown passes and completions during his playing days, while also leading the Mountaineers to a 26-6 upset victory over Florida in the 1981 Peach Bowl. His best season came as a senior in 1981 when he completed 216 of 394 passes for 2,448 yards and 16 touchdowns. He passed for a career-high 360 yards in a 27-24 loss to Syracuse at the Carrier Dome in the final regular-season game of his career. Luck ended his college career with 5,765 yards and 43 touchdown passes, both figures still ranking among the best in school history. Luck was a two-time team MVP in 1980 and 1981, and also received the Louis D. Meisel Award for the WVU football student-athlete with the highest grade point average. The two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American was the recipient of Today’s Top Five, presented for scholastics by the NCAA and was selected by the National Football Foundation as one of its 10 scholar-athletes to make a keynote speech at its annual banquet in 1982. Selected in the second round of the NFL draft by the Houston Oilers (44th overall pick), Luck spent four years with the Oilers from 1982-86. His most extended action came in 1983 when he started six games and finished the season completing 124-of-217 passes for 1,375 yards and eight touchdowns. After retiring from football, Luck became vice president of business development for the NFL and later was appointed general manager of the Frankfurt Galaxy of the newly created World League of American Football. He spent the ’95 season as general manager of the Rhein Fire before being named President and CEO of NFL Europe in 1996. Luck totaled more than 10 years with the NFL, before becoming chief executive officer of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority in 2001. In that role, Luck oversaw the development and management of a $1 billion professional sports and entertainment complex for the city of Houston that included Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans, the Toyota Center, home of the Houston Rockets, Comets and Aeros and the Livestock Show and Rodeo. In 2005, Luck was appointed as the first president of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamos, helping that organization to a pair of MLS Cup titles in his first two years at the helm. Luck secured the funding for an $80 million soccer complex to house the Dynamos when the call came to return to his alma mater. BBVA Compass Stadium was built and opened in 2012 adding to Luck’s legacy with the professional soccer team, and the overall Houston sports facility complexes. He returned in May, 2012 for the opening ceremony of the soccer stadium that he fought so hard for. Prior to his current position at WVU, Luck was appointed to a four-year term on the West Virginia University Board of Governors, a spot he relinquished to become director of athletics. The Rhodes Scholar finalist graduated Phi Beta Kappa from WVU in 1982. He also earned a law degree from Texas, graduating cum laude in 1987. In 1997, Luck was inducted into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2000, he was inducted into the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame. “It’s an incredible honor for me to be the athletic director at my alma mater,” said Luck. “I care deeply about this school, and WVU is truly one of the outstanding land-grant universities in the country. I am so pleased to be a part of the leadership team assembled under President Clements at a dynamic and strategic time in its history.” He is married to the former Kathy Wilson. They have two sons and two daughters: Andrew, a former All-American quarterback and two-time Heisman Trophy finalist at Stanford and No. 1 overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts; Mary Ellen, a senior volleyball player at Stanford; Emily, a sophomore at Stanford and Addison, who attends Morgantown High.

SENIOR STAFF

MIKE PARSONS

KELI CUNNINGHAM

Deputy Director of Athletics

TERRI HOWES

Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director

Senior Associate Athletic Director Sports Administration, SWA

MICHAEL SZUL

Senior Associate Athletic Director

MATT WELLS

Business Operations

LACEY GIBSON

Associate Athletic Director

Assistant Athletic Director

Marketing and Sales

Compliance

KEVIN MILLER

Assistant Athletic Director Annual Fund

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MATT BORMAN

Senior Associate Athletic Director MAC Executive Director

MICHAEL FRAGALE

Associate Athletic Director Communications

APRIL MESSERLY

Assistant Athletic Director Facilities and Operations

BEN MURRAY

Assistant Athletic Director

Major Gifts and Capital Campaigns

MOUNTAINEER HEAD COACHES

JASON BUTTS

MIKE CAREY

SEAN CLEARY

Gymnastics

Women’s Basketball

Cross Country/Track

BOB HUGGINS

JON HAMMOND

DANA HOLGORSEN

MIHA LISAC

NIKKI IZZO-BROWN

JIMMY KING

JILL KRAMER

MARLON LEBLANC

VIC RIGGS

CRAIG TURNBULL

Men’s Basketball

Women’s Soccer

Rifle

Rowing

RANDY MAZEY Baseball

Football

Volleyball

Swimming and Diving

Tennis

Men’s Soccer

Wrestling

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Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium

Caperton Indoor Facility

Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium

Dreamswork Field

Cary Gym

WVU Wrestling Pavilion

Mountaineer Track

WVU Rifle Range

WVU Boathouse

WVU Coliseum

Basketball Practice Facility

WVU Natatorium

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WHAT TO KNOW WHEN COVERING WVU DIRECTIONS TO MOUNTAINEER BOATHOUSE

Head north on I-79 toward exit 155. Take Exit 155 toward W Virginia 7/W Virginia University. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Star City/WVU/Osage and merge onto Chaplin Hill Road. Then take a slight right onto US-19 S/WV-7 E. Continue onto University Ave. and then turn right onto Waterfront Place. Turn Right toward Waterfront Place. The WVU Boathouse is located behind the parking structure on the Monongahela River.

MEDIA SERVICES

The West Virginia University sports communications office will be available throughout the entire 2013-14 rowing season to accommodate any media requests. Following are some guidelines that should make it easy for media members to cover the West Virginia rowing team. Any additional questions should be directed to rowing contact Jonathan Hevron (jon. hevron@mail.wvu.edu).

DURING THE WEEK

WVUSPORTS.COM

WVUsports.com is the place for media and fans to go for the latest on Mountaineer rowing. Player and coaching staff bios are available at the click of a finger by going to WVUsports.com. Updated following each regatta, WVUsports.com is your place to find the latest statistics for Mountaineer rowing. Not only will you find this season’s stats and stories, but you will also be able to find the WVU record book for some historical perspective.

Any member of the media wishing to interview a player or member of the coaching staff during the week should contact West Virginia rowing contact Jonathan Hevron, via email (jon.hevron@mail.wvu.edu) or by phone (304-293-2821), at least 24 hours in advance. Cell phone numbers will not be made available and all WVU student-athletes have been instructed to not conduct interviews without prior approval of the sports communications staff.

RECEIVING INFORMATION

Media members may receive rowing press releases, notes and more via email. To receive such press releases, game recaps and more, simply email your requests to jon.hevron@mail.wvu.edu.

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SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS DEPT. SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS STAFF Michael Fragale Associate Athletic Director, Communications

SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS

The West Virginia University Sports Communication Office is located in the WVU Coliseum near the Red Gate. The main sports communications office is Room 214

John Antonik Director of New Media Bryan Messerly Sports Information Director Mike Montoro Director of Football Communications

MAILING ADDRESS

Sports Communications Office West Virginia University P.O. Box 0877 Morgantown, WV 26507-0877

OVERNIGHT SHIPPING ADDRESS

Sports Communications Office West Virginia University 214 Coliseum Monongahela Blvd. Morgantown, WV 26505

PHONE INFORMATION

Office: 304-293-2821 Fax: 304-293-4105

Joe Swan Sports Publications Director Katie Kane Associate Sports Information Director JON HEVRON Graduate Assistant

ROWING CONTACT

Jon Hevron Graduate Assistant Office: 304-293-2821 E-mail: jon.hevron@mail.wvu.edu

Shannon McNamara Assistant Sports Information Director Grant Dovey Assistant Sports Information Director Kristin Coldsnow Multimedia Specialist Lisa Ammons Business Manager Amy Prunty Program Assistant Cheryl Maust Program Assistant Nick Arthur Graduate Assistant Eva Buchman Graduate Assistant Jonathan Hevron Graduate Assistant Jonathan Harkey Graduate Student

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2014 West Virginia University Rowing Guide