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Table of Contents & Credits In the Spotlight Community Service Facilities Strength and Conditioning Athletic Training Big 12/Conference USA Henley Royal Regatta Rowing 101 Student-Athlete Support Campus Life Mountaineer Excellence

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Roster Alexandra Basil/Rachel Cokeley/ Lisa Deklau Brianna Dendler/Elizabeth Duarte/ Kaitlyn Eason/Mallory Fisher Jessica Hurlbert/Kelly Kramer/ Morgan Leach Caitlin Madamba/Hilary Meale/ Christina Mehrtens Enya Messersmith/Rachelle Purych Danika Rencken/Tamyra Roberts Mollie Rosen/Bethany Anne Sapen/ Courtney Schrand Melinda Sharon/Ellen Shular Karen Verwey Danielle Widecrantz Credits: The 2013 West Virginia University rowing guide has been published by the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Managing Editor: Joe Swan Editor: Tim Goodenow Author: Brian Kuppelweiser Page Layout & Cover Design: BlaineTurner Advertising, Inc., Tim Goodenow Photographers: All-Pro Photography by Dale Sparks, Bill Barrett, Bob Beverly, John Bright, Tad Davis, M.G. Ellis, Pete Emerson, Dan Friend, Jeff Geissler, Tim Goodenow, David Green, Mike Hardy, Julia Lucas, Dan Nagy, Brian Persinger, Steven M. Prunty, Chuck Scheer, Steve Smith,

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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. Your interaction with these groups is also part of your educational process. 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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COMMUNITY SERVICE Representing West Virginia University, the city of Morgantown and the state of West Virginia in a charitable manner is important to the WVU rowing team. Besides training and studying everyday as part of their studentathlete duties, the Mountaineers are always ready and willing to give back to those who make Morgantown a kind-hearted and good-natured community. The Mountaineers can be found doing various community service activities as a team through the course of the year, ranging from roadside clean-up, to helping improve the watershed areas, and spending time at senior centers. Many WVU rowers also have individual projects, such as volunteering for the local Big Sister program and participating in various local charitable events like the Polar Plunge.

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FACILITIES The West Virginia University Boat House is located in Morgantown’s Wharf District below the Boathouse Bistro along the Monongahela River – just a two-minute walk from the WVU Visitors Center. Constructed in 2007 below the the Caperton Trail, the attractive, climate-controlled facility houses the WVU Fleet that includes (4) eights, (4) pair/doubles, (3) fours, and (1) single. WVU’s boathouse features a climate-controlled facility where the students can quickly warm-up after chilly morning rows in the spring, or cool-down following hot afternoon rows in the early fall. It contains dressing facilities and locker room space, and the dock can easily allow (3) eights to launch simultaneously. 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 affect so that a minimum navigable depth of nine feet is maintained year-round. From the boathouse, which sits just below the Morgantown Lock and Dam, the next lock and dam is located a little more than 10 miles downriver in Point Marion, Pa. In the spring of 2009, West Virginia University served host to its first-ever spring regatta on the Mon featuring Dayton, Duquesne and George Mason. The race ended at the Edith Barill Riverfront Park in nearby Star City.

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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.

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STRENGTH & CONDITIONING WVU’s strength and conditioning staff ensures all studentathletes are on year-long programs designed to continue improving the fitness capabilities needed in their sports. To keep athletes 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. 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. For rowers, the entire year is carefully planned and tailored to the rowing season to prepare for optimal performance during the season and peaking at championship meets.

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ATHLETIC TRAINING The West Virginia athletic training program looks to get WVU student-athletes back on the field 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 the injury recognition, treatment, rehabilitation, prevention, education and counseling that will enable the student-athlete to maintain an optimal quality of life beyond the span of athletic competition. Multiple athletic training rooms are available for studentathletes furnished with the latest in technology and equipment. The athletic training staff will work in conjunction with the team physicians and athletic administration to ensure the student-athletes receive quality care throughout their careers at WVU.

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BIG 12 CONFERENCE The Big 12 Conference is comprised of 10 Universities – Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech along with its newest members 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. During its 16-year history, the Conference has produced 531 Academic All-America selections, claimed national championship team titles in 16 of its 23 sponsored sports, its student-athletes and teams have combined for 517 individual NCAA titles and 47 team national champions. More than 4,100 student-athletes from across the United States and around the World compete annually under the Big 12 banner. Whether on the field, in the classroom, or within the community, the 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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CONFERENCE USA

> 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 the NCAA’s new automatic qualification system that is set to be implemented for 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 rowing schools (Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia), along with the two SEC rowing schools (Alabama and Tennessee), are affiliated with the three Conference USA rowing schools (UCF, SMU and Tulsa).  > Additionally, Old Dominion, which is slated to officially join Conference USA on July 1, 2013, will begin Conference USA participation this spring.

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HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA: A ROYAL FINISH Take five women who never rowed prior to college, give them an experienced coach and boat and this is the fairytale story of the West Virginia women’s rowing team. After a successful showing in the program’s debut season, the Varsity 4+ did something outstanding – qualify for rowing’s most prestigious event – the Henley Royal Regatta. When the four team of Tina Griffith, Risha Kelley, Erin Nisbet, Noelle Dodge and coxswain Christine DeRienzo finished first at the Dad Vail Regatta, the nation’s largest collegiate race, the team was selected to represent the United States at Henley. The Mountaineers were selected to attend the big race by the organizers of Dad Vail not only for their first-place finish, but also because they felt WVU had the best chance of winning in England, even though no team that the committee had selected had ever made it past the second round. The team was excited to travel to England and represent 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’s attention. “The town of Henley was great,” associate head coach Tina Griffith said. “You didn’t have to explain to everyone what rowing was, like you do here, and the town isn’t really big. It is just one big mass of rowers and people who hold it in high regard. It was definitely a different feel. “ 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 meters that the team was familiar rowing. The women only raced one team at a time, with the winner advancing to the next round. “The race format is completely different there than it is in normal races,” Griffith said. “Here, you race in heats, like sprints in track, but there it was one-on-one each race, like a bracket. It was more personal and you got to do a lot more racing. Each time it felt like there was more on the line, only one was surviving, not the top three.” WVU’s four team started the competition strong, sailing though the first, second and third rounds, before eventually losing in the finals to Oxford Brookes University (England). Although the team was eliminated, they broke the course record and made it farther than any other team the Dad Vail committee had selected. “I was very grateful for the opportunity, and it was exciting, but it was mainly another opportunity to prove ourselves,” Griffith said. “To be honest, it really didn’t matter the competitor, we just wanted to race and win, and that is one big reason why I think we did so well.” Attending the Henley was a royal finish to the team’s Cinderella year and an experience they will never forget. The team not only made a mark in the program’s first season; they set the bar for future Mountaineers in seasons to come.

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ROWING 101

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 on-the-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. 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 nine 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.

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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. WVU’s combined varsity athletic teams have an Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 975 according to data released today by the NCAA. The APR is based upon eligibility and retention of student-athletes over a four-year period, used as an assessment of real-time academic success. WVU’s average APR score of 975 is up one point from last year’s average is higher than the NCAA’s overall four-year APR average score of 973. For the 2010-11 academic year, West Virginia had three teams with perfect 1,000 scores: gymnastics, rowing and men’s soccer. 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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Character: Public, land-grant institution, founded in 1867.

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Research Classification: Research University (High Research Activity) as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Research Funding: Faculty conduct $174 million annually in sponsored contracts and research grants. Combined WVU Expense Budget: Approximately $955 million. Accreditations: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and dozens of specialized academic accrediting agencies. Governance: WVU is governed by the WVU Board of Governors and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. Location: Morgantown, W.Va., population 28,654, 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 2012 enrollment was 29,706 Academic Excellence: WVU ranks nationally for prestigious scholarships – 25 Rhodes Scholars, 22 Truman Scholars, 35 Goldwater Scholars, two British Marshall Scholars, two Morris K. Udall Scholars, five USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team Members (and 11 academic team honorees), nine Boren Scholars, five Gilman Scholars, 30 Fulbright Scholars and one Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar. Degrees Granted: In 2010-11, WVU awarded 6,289 degrees, over 35% of which were graduate or professional level. Faculty & Staff Profile: Excellent faculty—18 of whom have been named Carnegie Foundation Professors of the Year—guide and mentor students. Academics: 13 colleges and schools offering 191 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs in agriculture, natural resources and design; arts and sciences; business and economics; creative arts; dentistry; engineering and mineral resources; human resources and education; journalism; law; medicine; nursing; pharmacy; physical activity and sport sciences.

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Student Living Experience: The First-Year Experience—unique among state universities—helps students navigate their first year at WVU. A sampling of services: Lincoln Hall, a residential college; Resident Faculty Leaders, faculty couples who live in the halls to mentor and guide students; 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 and knowledge; WVUp All Night, a weekend package of safe, fun, and healthy activities; an award-winning Student Recreation Center. 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 required for all services. Safety: WVU has one of the safest college campuses in America, with 24-hour police protection and 37 outdoor emergency phones. Student Organizations: Choose from over 300 student organizations, or participate in an active intramural program and a variety of club sports. Study Abroad: More than 900 students participate in University-led study abroad programs and international exchanges. Civic Engagement: The Center for Civic Engagement develops and organizes service learning and volunteer opportunities for students and faculty and consults with academic units on incorporating civic engagement into the curriculum. Last year, about 15,726 WVU students contributed 204,000 hours of service to the community. Scholarships & 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. Parents Club: The Mountaineer Parents Club, with more than 20,000 members 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.

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MOUNTAINEER EXCELLENCE

Team Record Baseball: 23-32, 9-18 Big East Cross Country: 8th place at the NCAA Championships Men’s Basketball: 19-14, 9-9 Big East; NCAA Second Round Women’s Basketball: 24-10, 11-5 Big East; NCAA Second Round Football: 10-3, 5-2 Big East; Big East Champions; 2012 Discover Orange Bowl Champions Gymnastics: 21-5, 12-1 EAGL; EAGL Champions; NCAA Regionals Rifle: 12-2, 5-1 GARC; GARC Champions; 6th place at NCAA Championships Rowing: 7th Big East Men’s Soccer: 11-8-1, 6-3 Big East, NCAA Second Round

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Women’s Soccer: 17-5-0, 10-1-0 Big East; Big East Division Champions, Big East Tournament Champions, NCAA First Round Men’s Swimming and Diving: 4th Big East (1 NCAA Qualifier) Women’s Swimming and Diving: 3rd Big East; 5 NCAA Qualifiers – 26th at NCAA Championships Women’s Tennis: 4-16, 1-6 Big East Women’s Track: Indoor: 11th Big East; Outdoor: 5th Big East (10 NCAA Regional Qualifiers, 2 NCAA National Qualifiers –34th at NCAA Outdoor Championships) Volleyball: 7-19, 5-9 Big East Wrestling: 9-4, 4-2 EWL (6 NCAA Qualifiers) Team Conference Champions Football, Big East Regular-Season Champions Gymnastics, EAGL Champions Women’s Soccer, Big East regular season and Tournament Champions Rifle, GARC Champions Individual Conference Champions Rachael Burnett, women’s swimming: 500 free, 200 free, 800 free relay, 1,650 free Big East Champion Chelsea Carrier-Eades women’s track: 100-meter hurdles

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Beth Deal, gymnastics: EAGL Champion balance beam Kata Fodor, women’s swimming: 800 free relay Mike Morales, wrestling: EWL 141 Mandie Nugent, women’s swimming: 100 fly, 200 fly, 800 free relay Big East Champion Matt Ryan, wrestling: EWL 184 Hope Sloanhoffer, gymnastics: EAGL Champion - all-around, vault, uneven bars Danielle Smith, women’s swimming: 800 free relay Brandon Williamson, wrestling: EWL 285 Petra Zublasing, rifle: GARC air rifle, smallbore, combined score champion NCAA Champions Petra Zublasing, rifle: air rifle First Team All-Americans Tavon Austin, football: Associated Press, CBSSports.com College Football, Phil Steele’s Chelsea Carrier-Eades, women’s track: 100-meter hurdles and heptathlon Kaitlyn Gillespie, women’s cross country Kate Harrison, women’s cross country Erica Henderson, women’s soccer: NSCA Kevin Jones, men’s basketball: John R. Wooden Petra Zublasing, rifle: NRA smallbore and air rifle


Academic All-Americans Kaylyn Christopher, track/cc, third team Kaitlyn Gillespie track/cc, first team Kate Harrison track/cc first team Ahna Lewis, track/cc, third team Petra Zublasing, rifle, second team Conference Major Awards Tavon Austin, football: Big East Special Teams Player of the Year Rachael Burnett, women’s swimming: Big East Women’s Most Outstanding Swimmer Andy Bevin, men’s soccer: Big East Rookie of the Year Thomas Kyanko: GARC Rookie of the Year, GARC Scholar Athlete Tina Maloney, gymnastics: EAGL MVP Bry McCarthy, women’s soccer: Big East Championship Most Outstanding Defensive Player Blake Miller, women’s soccer: Big East Championship Most Outstanding Offensive Player Kate Schwindel, women’s soccer: Big East Rookie of the Year Hope Sloanhoffer, gymnastics: EAGL Gymnast of the Year Petra Zublasing: GARC Shooter of the Year

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MOUNTAINEER EXCELLENCE Coaching Awards Jon Hammond, rifle: NRA Distinguished College Coach Dana Holgorsen, football: FWAA First Year Coach of the Year Nikki Izzo-Brown, women’s soccer: 2011 Frontier Field Walk of Fame inductee Vic Riggs, women’s swimming: Big East Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year

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Jimmy King Head Coach Sixth Season

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. 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 racing season. The spring season brought a first-place finish from the Varsity 8+ at North Carolina, a second-

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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.


Stacey Van Order Assistant Coach First Season Stacey Van Order joined the Mountaineer rowing staff as an assistant coach in 2012. Van Order came to Morgantown from the University of Delaware, where she 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 studentathletes 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.

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Grace Doepker Assistant Coach First Season Grace Doepker joined the WVU rowing team as an assistant coach in 2012. Doepker joins the Mountaineers after spending the past year at Vassar College. In her time with the Brewers, Doepker coached a team of more than 30 men’s and women’s rowers at the collegiate level. In addition, Doepker assisted with the recruitment of student-athletes as well as the planning and execution of practices. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Doepker was a member of Dayton’s rowing team as well as Penn AC Rowing and All-American Rowing. While competing, she won several medals at the Club Nationals and Elite Nationals, won the Dayton Crew Competitor’s Cup and was a member of the 2011 Atlantic-10 Varsity 8+ Champions crew. Prior to Vassar, Doepker was the head novice women’s coach at the Dayton Boat Club from 2008-11 as well as the Hudson River Rowing Association Competitive Masters’ Program head coach in 2011. Doepker is certified as a US Rowing Level II coach. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Dayton in 2011.


Allison Hetrick

Hannah Roudebush

Athletic Trainer

Jerry Handley

Athletic Training Graduate Assistant

Jill Weston

Assistant Director, Student-Athlete Academic Services

Strength Coach

Bubba Schmidt

Equipment Manager

Dr. Matt Lively

Scott Herdzik

Assistant Equipment Manager

Brian Kuppelweiser

Medical Director

Sports Communications Graduate Assistant

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2012-13 Varsity Roster Name

Class

Hometown

Alexandra Basil

So.

Wellsburg, W.Va.

High School Brooke

Rachel Cokeley

Jr.

Harrisville, W.Va.

Ritchie County

Lisa Deklau

So.

Gambrills, Md.

Brianna Dendler

So.

Galloway, N.J.

Elizabeth Duarte

So.

Morgantown, W.Va.

Kaitlyn Eason

So.

Dauphin, Pa.

Mallory Fisher

Jr.

Hartly, Del.

Smyrna

Jessica Hurlbert

Jr.

Stanley, Va.

Page County

Mary Ignatiadis

Fr.

Huntsville, Ala.

Elizabeth Kantak

Fr.

Atlanta, Ga.

Kelly Kramer

So.

Lakewood, Ohio

Morgan Leach

Jr.

Virginia Beach, Va.

First Colonial

Caitlin Madamba

So.

Mays Landing, N.J.

Holy Spirit

Jeannine McCarty

Sr.

Vineland, N.J.

Hilary Meale

Sr.

Morgantown, W.Va.

Morgantown

Christina Mehrtens

Jr.

Hillsborough, N.J.

Hillsborough

Enya Messersmith

Sr.

Spring Grove, Pa.

Delone Catholic

Rachelle Purych

Sr.

Victoria, British Columbia

Danika Rencken

Sr.

Hollis, N.H.

Tamyra Roberts

Jr.

Vineland, N.J.

Mollie Rosen

Jr.

Bethesda, Md.

Walter Johnson

Bethany Anne Sapen

So.

Harrisburg, Pa.

Central Dauphin

Courtney Schrand

Jr.

Virginia Beach, Va.

Melinda Sharon

Jr.

Hopkinton, Ma.

Ellen Shular

Sr.

Orchard Park, N.Y.

Karen Verwey

Jr.

Te Puke, New Zealand

Danielle Widecrantz

Sr.

Egg Harbor Twp, N.J.

Arundel Absegami Morgantown Central Dauphin East

Randolph St. Pius Magnificat

Vineland

St. Andrew’s Hollis Brookline Vineland

First Colonial Tolland Orchard Park St. Peter’s School Egg Harbor Township

2012-13 Novice Roster Name

Class

Hometown

Allison Arnold

Jr.

Morgantown, W.Va.

Allison Coates

So.

Leesburg, Va.

Mary Cook

So.

Charleston, W.Va.

Sarah Dodd

So.

Wheeling, W.Va.

Addie Dulaney

Jr.

Port Charlotte, Fla.

Angelica Fell

Fr.

Kensington, Md.

Susannah Hartlove

Fr.

Ephrata, Pa.

Tiffany Hatcher

So.

Front Royal, Va.

Warren County

Brittany James

Fr.

Englewood, N.J.

Paramus Catholic

Kimberlie May

So.

Grand Junction, Colo.

Caroline Mullins

Fr.

Louisville, Ky.

Allyson Pytlak

Fr.

North Royalton, Ohio

Summer Socha

So.

Brick, N.J.

Sarah Taylor

Jr.

Martinsburg, W.Va.

Kendra Welker

Jr.

Ridgeley, W.Va.

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High School Morgantown Loudon County Capital Wheeling Park Cardinal Mooney Catholic Walter Johnson Ephrata

Palisade Seneca North Royalton Monsignor Donovan Martinsburg Frankfort


Personal • Daughter of Rocco Basil and Kimberly Kerr • Has one sister • Birthday is April 10 • Majoring in nursing • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

Personal • 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 • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

Alexandra Basil So. | Wellsburg, W.Va. Brooke High 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 secondplace 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 secondplace finish at North Carolina, a third-place finish in the Petite Final at the Notre Dame Invitational, and a fourth-place finish at the Big East Championships Prep • Attended Brooke High • Member of OVAC Champion soccer team • Recipient of OVAC academic award • National Honor Society

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)

Rachel Cokeley Jr. | Harrisville, W.Va. Ritchie County High At West Virginia (2011-12) • 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 Championships, and racing to a fifthplace finish in the Third Final at the Knecht Cup • Team Most Improved Award (Novice)

Lisa Deklau So. | Gambrills, Md. Arundel High 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 Championships, and racing to a fifthplace 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) Personal • Daughter of Erik and Ellen Deklau • Has one brother • Birthday is Feb. 12 • Majoring in sport exercise and psychology • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

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• 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 Championships

Brianna Dendler So. | Galloway, N.J. Absegami High At West Virginia (2011-12) • 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 • Rowed to a second-place finish in Flight One in the Novice 8+ event at the Philadelphia Frostbite • Raced as a member of the Varsity 4+ crew during the spring season, earning a first-place finish in the Third Final at the Knecht Cup, a first-place finish in the Petite Final at the Notre Dame Invitational, and a second-place finish in the Petite Final at the Big East Championships

Prep • Attended Morgantown High • Captain of cross country and track teams • Four-year letterwinner in cross country and track • Competed at state as member of cross country team (2007, 2008, 2010) • Also qualified for state in track (2009) • Honor Roll • National Honor Society Officer • Key Club Officer • French Honor Society • Science Honor Society Personal • Daughter of John and Kelly Duarte • Has one sister • Birthday is July 30 • Majoring in biology • Mother was a member of WVU rowing (1983-84) • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

Prep • Attended Absegami High Personal • Daughter of Jeffrey and Thea Dendler • Has one brother • Birthday is June 15 • Enrolled in pre-sociology and anthropology

Kaitlyn Eason So. | Dauphin, Pa. Central Dauphin East High

Elizabeth Duarte So. | Morgantown, W.Va. Morgantown High 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. • 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

At West Virginia (2011-12) • 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 Championships as a member of the Second Varsity 4+ crew Prep • 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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Personal • Daughter of Jeff and Peggy Eason • Has two brothers and one sister • Birthday is Nov. 25 • Majoring in pre-communication studies • Brother, Kyle, was a member of WVU wrestling (2007-12)

Mallory Fisher Jr. | Hartly, Del. Smyrna High At West Virginia (2011-12) • Led the Varsity 4+ ‘C’ crew to a secondplace 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 Championships 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 Championships • Led Novice 8+ to a fifth-place finish at the Occoquan Sprints Prep • Attended Smyrna High • Earned second team All-Henlopen Conference honors in field hockey Personal • Daughter of Frank Fisher and Dawn Casey • Has two brothers and three sisters • Birthday is June 4 • Majoring in exercise physiology • Member of Phi Sigma Theta Honor Society • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll


Jessica Hurlbert Jr. | Stanley, Va. Page County High 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 • 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 • 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 Championships • 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 Championships Prep • Attended Page County High • Varsity soccer and cross country team captain during junior and senior years

Kelly Kramer So. | Lakewood, Ohio Magnificat High 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 Championships 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 club Personal • Daughter of Brian and Regina Kramer • Has one brother and one sister • Birthday is May 12 • Majoring in engineering • Garret Ford Academic Honor Roll member • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

Personal • Daughter of Dan and Sally Hurlbert • Has one brother • Birthday is June 8 • Majoring in exercise physiology • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

Morgan Leach Jr. | Virginia Beach, Va. First Colonial High 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 • Led the Second Varsity 8+ to a second-place finish in the Petite Final at the Notre Dame Invitational and the Big East Championships • 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 Championships • 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 Personal • Daughter of Mark and Linda Leach • Has one sister • Birthday is July 25 • Majoring in occupational therapy • Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes • Big East Academic All-Star • Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll member • Dean’s List • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

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Caitlin Madamba So. | Mays Landing, N.J. Holy Spirit High

Hilary Meale Sr. | Morgantown, W.Va. Morgantown High

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

At West Virginia (2011-12) • During the fall season, won a gold medal at Head of the Ohio, took first-place at the Head of the Kanawha and finished second in Flight Three at the Philadelphia Frostbite as a member of the Varsity 8+ • Also took first at the Head of the Ohio in the Varsity 4+ ‘C’ crew, and fifth-place at the Head of the Schuylkill and first place in Flight Two at the Philadelphia Frostbite as a member of the Varsity 4+ ‘A’ crew • Raced in doubles competition at the Philadelphia Frostbite, placing third in Flight One • 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 Championships • Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete • Iron Mountaineer Award

Prep • Attended Holy Spirit High • Captain of varsity soccer team • Member of Honor Society • Honor Roll Personal • Daughter of Patrick and Marie Madamba • Has one sister • Birthday is Dec. 29 • Majoring in elementary education • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

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 Big East Championships, and second in Petite Finals at the Dad Vail Regatta • Member of Varsity 4+ that placed fifth at the Head of the Schuylkill • Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete At West Virginia (2009-10) • Member of the novice squad • Member of Novice 8+ that captured a fifthplace finish at Big East Championships Prep • Attended Morgantown High • Member of the varsity soccer team • Participated in the North-South All-Star Game • On WVUSC Vision Team (2007-09) • Team was state champions (2008-09) • Member of the National Honor Society and Key Club Personal • Daughter of Atelio and Janet Meale • Has one brother • Birthday is March 23 • Majoring in occupational therapy • Big East Academic All-Star • Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll member • Dean’s List • President’s List • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

Christina Mehrtens Jr. | Hillsborough, N.J. Hillsborough High 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)

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

Rachelle Purych

Enya Messersmith Sr. | Spring Grove, Pa. Delone Catholic High At West Virginia (2011-12) • Won a silver medal as a member of the Novice 4+ ‘A’ crew at the Head of the Occoquan • Earned a sixth-place finish at the Head of the Occoquan and a second place finish in Flight One at the Philadelphia Frostbite as a member of the Novice 8+ • Rowed to a first-place finish in the Novice 4+ at the Occoquan Sprints • Advanced to the Grand Final in the Novice 4+ event at the Knecht Cup; the crew finished sixth out of 47 total crews • Advanced to the Petite Final in the Second Varsity 4+ at the Notre Dame Invitational and Big East Championships, finishing third and fourth, respectively At Clarion (2009-11) • Member of swim team Prep • Attended Delone Catholic High • Member of Delone Catholic swimming state team • York YMCA Swimming National Team • West Shore YMCA Swimming National Team Personal • Daughter of Grayling and Joanne Messersmith • Is an only child • Birthday is March 6 • Majoring in communication studies

Rachelle Purych Sr. | Victoria, British Columbia St. Andrew’s High At West Virginia (2011-12) • Won a gold medal at the Head of the Ohio as a member of the Varsity 8+ • Also took first place in the Varsity 4+ event at the Head of the Ohio • Rowed to a first-place finish in the Varsity 8+ at the Head of the Kanawha • Earned a fifth-place finish at the Head of the Schuylkill as a member of the Varsity 4+ ‘A’ crew • Took first in Flight One doubles competition, first in the Varsity 4+ event and second in Flight Three of the Varsity 8+ event at the Philadelphia Frostbite • 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 Championships • Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete • Team Captain

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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 Big East Championships, and second in Petite Finals at the Dad Vail Regatta • Member of Varsity 4+ that placed fifth at the Head of the Schuylkill • Honored by team as Iron Mountaineer • Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association scholar-athlete At West Virginia (2009-10) • Member of varsity squad • Finished fourth in Varsity 8+ at second annual Head of the Mon • Earned bronze medal in Varsity 4+ at the Head of the Occoquan Prep • Attended St. Andrews High • Rowed under Susanne Walter and Chris Aylard at the Victoria City Rowing Club • Placed second in the senior 4x and third in senior 2x at 2009 Canadian Scholastic Nationals • Placed third in junior 2-, fourth in junior 2x, and fourth in junior 4x events at 2009 Canadian Henley • Honor roll student Personal • Daughter of Dean Purych and Ursula Mayr • Has one sister • Birthday is June 13 • Majoring in advertising • Big East Academic All-Star • Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll member • Dean’s List • President’s List • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll


Danika Rencken Sr. | Hollis, N.H. Hollis Brookline High At West Virginia (2011-12) • Participated at the Head of the Schuylkill, finishing 18th as a member of the Varsity 4+ ‘C’ crew • Also earned a second-place finish with the Varsity 4 ‘C’ crew in Flight Three at the Philadelphia Frostbite • Rowed as 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 Championships • Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete 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 second Varsity 8+ to a third-place finish in the JV race at the Occoquan Sprints, a fourth-place finish in the petite finals at the Knecht Cup and to a second-place finish in the petite finals at the Big East Championships • Placed fifth in the Novice 4+ at the Dad Vail Regatta Prep • Attended Hollis Brookline High • Captain of tennis and basketball teams during senior seasons • Nashua Telegraph First Team All-Star for basketball, tennis and field hockey (2008) • All-State Honorable Mention – Basketball (2008) • Semifinalist in state singles tournament (2009) • Member of AAU state championship team (2006-07) • AAU State Tournament all-tournament team (2007) Personal • Daughter of Larry and Monica Rencken • Father played football and mother played basketball at Eastern Washington

Danika Rencken • Has one brother • Birthday is Sept. 20 • Majoring in nursing • Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll member • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

• 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 Championships At West Virginia (2010-11) • 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 Championships • Finished fifth in the Novice 4+ at the Dad Vail Regatta

Tamyra Roberts Jr. | Vineland, N.J. Vineland High At West Virginia (2011-12) • 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

Prep • Attended Vineland High Personal • Daughter of Brenda Roberts • Has one sister • Birthday is Oct. 17 • Majoring in speech pathology • Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll member • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

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Mollie Rosen Jr. | Bethesda, Md. Walter Johnson High

Bethany Anne Sapen So. | Harrisburg, Pa. Central Dauphin High

Courtney Schrand Jr. | Virginia Beach, Va. First Colonial High

At West Virginia (2011-12) • Participated as a member of the Varsity 4+ ‘B’ crew at the Head of the Schuylkill • Earned a first-place finish as a member of the Varsity 4+ ‘B’ crew in Flight Three at the Philadelphia Frostbite • Rowed to a first-place finish in the Varsity 4+ at North Carolina • 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 Championships

At West Virginia (2011-12) • Rowed as a member of the Novice 4+ ‘B’ crew at the Head of the Occoquan, crossing the line in seventh place • 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 Championships, finishing third in the Petite Final and fourth in the Grand Final, respectively

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 the Notre Dame Invitational and second in the Petite Final at the Big East Championships • 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) • Helped row the Varsity 4+ ‘B’ crew to a bronze medal finish at the Big East Championships • Member of the Varsity 4+ at the Occoquan Sprints and the Knecht Cup • Placed fifth in the Novice 4+ at the Big East Championships Prep • Attended Walter Johnson High Personal • Daughter of Larry and Cathy Rosen • Is an only child • Birthday is Feb. 4 • Majoring in elementary education • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

Prep • Attended Central Dauphin High • Member of National Honor Society • Recipient of President’s Award • Recipient of Robert Houpt Award Personal • Daughter of Brent and Tracie Sapen • Has one brother and two sisters • Birthday is April 8 • Majoring in nursing • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

At West Virginia (2010-11) • Member of Varsity 8+ that took first at the Head of the Ohio, seventh at the Head of the

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Schuylkill, second at the Occoquan Sprints, first at the Frostbite Regatta, fifth at the Knecht Cup Regatta, sixth at the Big East Championships 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 Championships 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 Personal • 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 member • Dean’s List • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

At Washington & Jefferson College (20102011) • Member of cross country and track teams Prep • Two-time captain of high school cross country team • 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 Personal • Daughter of Andrew and Pamela Sharon • Has one brother • Birthday is Feb. 17 • Majoring in psychology • Member of Alpha Lambda Delta • Member of Psychology Club • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

Ellen Shular Sr. | Orchard Park, N.Y. Orchard Park High At West Virginia (2011-12) • Coxed the Varsity 4+ ‘C’ crew to a top-20 finish at the Head of the Schuylkill • Led the Varsity 4+ ‘B’ crew to a first-place finish in Flight One at the Philadelphia Frostbite

Melinda Sharon Jr. | Hopkinton, Ma. Tolland High 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 Championships, placing third in the Petite Final and fourth in the Grand Final, respectively

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• Led the Second Varsity 8+ to a second-place finish in the Petite Final at the Occoquan Sprints and to a fifth-place finish in the Third Final at the Knecht Cup • Captained the Varsity 4+ to a first-place finish in the Petite Final at the Notre Dame Invitational • Also led the Varsity 4+ to a second-place finish in the Petite Final at the Big East Championships At West Virginia (2010-11) • Contributed as coxswain • Led the Varsity 4+ ‘A’ crew at the Knecht Cup At West Virginia (2009-10) • Member of the novice squad • Voted MVP of novice squad • Captured a fifth-place finish in the Novice 8+ Grand Finals at the Knecht Cup Prep • Attended Orchard Park High • Member of National Honor Society Personal • Daughter of Don and Grace Shular • Has two brothers • Birthday is Oct. 17 • Majoring in forensic and investigative science • Member of WVU Honors College • Sigma Alpha Lambda Community • Big East Academic All-Star • Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll member • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll


Karen Verwey Jr. | Te Puke, New Zealand St. Peter’s High 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 Championships • Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete

Karen Verwey and Rachelle Purych 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 Championships 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 Personal • 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 member • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

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Danielle Widecrantz Sr. | Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Egg Harbor Township High At West Virginia (2011-12) • Rowed as a member of the Varsity 4+ ‘C’ crew at the Philadelphia Frostbite, placing second in Flight Three • Raced as a member of the Varsity 8+ crew during the majority of the spring season, placing 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 Championships

At West Virginia (2010-11) • Finished third in the women’s junior Varsity 8+ race at the Occoquan Sprints • Member of Varsity 8+ that placed first at the Frostbite Regatta • Member of Varsity 4+ that placed seventh at the Head of the Schuylkill • Captured a fourth-place finish in the petite finals at the Knecht Cup Regatta • Rowed to a second-place finish in the second varsity 8+ at the Big East Championships • Competed in the V2- at the Dad Vail Regatta At West Virginia (2009-10) • Member of varsity squad • Finished fourth in the Varsity 8+ at the second annual Head of the Mon Prep • Attended Egg Harbor Township High • Rowed for Coach Dan Welsh • Team captain during senior year • Placed second in the senior 4+ race at the Stotesbury Regatta • Took third in senior 4+ event at Scholastic Nationals

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Personal • Daughter of Robert and Martha Widecrantz • Has four brothers • Birthday is Oct. 29 • Majoring in child development and family studies • Big East Academic All-Star • Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll member • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll


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Morgan Leach

Jimmy King

2013 Season Preview Jimmy King enters his sixth season at WVU March 16-17 Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational Melton Hill Lake Oak Ridge, Tenn. King: “Due to our move to the Big 12 and affiliation with Conference USA, we did alter our scheduling to include this regatta, not only because of the level of competition we’ll face, but also because we’ll return to this site at the end of the season for the Conference USA Championship. Hosted by Louisville, the Oak Ridge Invitational will feature 11 schools competing twice on Saturday and once on Sunday in tri-races.” Last Time: This will be the first time in program history that the Mountaineers are competing at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational.

Courtney Schrand, Rachelle Purych, Kelly Kramer and Rachel Cokeley April 6 Alabama with Central Florida Black Warrior River Tuscaloosa, Ala. King: “This is a conference match-up (Conference USA), which is kind of a neat thing for us in rowing. We don’t often have regular season conference races as is common in other sports. We have a great opportunity to see how we fare against these schools now rather than getting a first glimpse six weeks later at the conference championship.” Last Time: This will be the first time in program history that the Mountaineers are competing in Alabama. April 13-14 Knecht Cup Regatta Cooper River Cherry Hill, N.J. King: “The Knecht Cup is a large mid-season regatta that has become a constant on our spring schedule. Last season, over two dozen division I women’s programs competed. In total, 69 men’s and women’s programs competed at the Knecht Cup. This is the only competition from last season that remains on our 2013 schedule.”

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Last Time: The West Virginia University rowing team concluded racing at the Knecht Cup, with all four crews advancing to the finals for just the fourth time in program history. The novice 4+ crew comprised of Bethany Anne Sapen, Melinda Sharon, Enya Messersmith, Kaitlyn Eason and coxswain Alexandra Basil paved the way for the Mountaineers, having advanced to the Grand Final of their event for the second consecutive year. The varsity eight crew of Hilary Meale, Jenelle Spencer, Rachelle Purych, Danielle Widecrantz, Kelly Kramer, Shannon Gribbons, Karen Verwey, Courtney Schrand and coxswain Mallory Fisher advanced to the Petite Final where they faced Old Dominion, Miami, Temple, Drexel and George Mason. West Virginia raced to a fourthplace finish, posting a time of 6:42.72. Their performance was good enough for a 10th-place finish out of a total 31 entries.


April 27 Bucknell, Connecticut and Delaware Pinchot Lake Lewisberry, Pa. King: “This event will be a double dual regatta, with two rounds of dual races. The area that we will be racing is an area that features a good bit of rowing. We are excited about the opportunity that we will have racing against Bucknell, Connecticut and Delaware.” Last Time: This will be the first time in program history that the Mountaineers are competing on Pinchot Lake. WVU has competed against Connecticut and Delaware in previous events, but Bucknell is a first-time foe. May 4 Big 12 Championship Wyandotte County Lake Kansas City, Kan. King: “We are excited about the challenges that lie ahead of us in the Big 12 Conference. To better prepare ourselves for the Big 12 Championship, our racing schedule has been significantly revamped.”

May 18 Conference USA Championship Melton Hill Lake Oak Ridge, Tenn. King: “Additionally, along with the other Big 12 rowing schools, we are affiliate members of Conference USA for NCAA selection purposes. The five Big 12 rowing schools (Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia), along with the two SEC rowing schools (Alabama and Tennessee), are affiliated with the three Conference USA rowing schools (UCF, SMU and Tulsa). Additionally, Old Dominion which is slated to officially join Conference USA on July 1, 2013, will begin Conference USA participation this spring.” Last Time: When the Mountaineers travel to Oak Ridge, Tenn., to compete in the Conference USA Championship being held on Melton Hill Lake, it will be the program’s inaugural Conference USA Championship.

Last Time: When the Mountaineers travel to Kansas City, Kan., to compete in the Big 12 Championship being held on Wyandotte County Lake, it will be the program’s inaugural Big 12 Championship.

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2013 Rowing Quick Facts General Information Location: Morgantown, W.Va. Founded: 1867 Enrollment: 29,706 President: Dr. James P. Clements 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 (fifth season) Alma Mater: Bucknell, ‘90 Associate Head Coach: Stacey Van Order Assistant Coach: Grace Doepker Facility: Mountaineer Boathouse

WVU Sports Communications Staff Assistant AD/Communications: Michael Fragale Sports Information Director: Bryan Messerly Associate Sports Information Director: Katie Kane Asst. Sports Information Director: Shannon McNamara Assistant Sports Information Director: Grant Dovey Sports Publications Director: Joe Swan Assistant Sports Publications Director: Tim Goodenow Rowing Contact: Brian Kuppelweiser Contact’s Email: Brian.Kuppelweiser@mail.wvu.edu Sports Communication Phone: (304) 293-2821 Sports Communication Fax: (304) 293-4105 Website: WVUsports.com

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2013 Spring Schedule WVU opens the 2013 campaign in Oak Ridge, Tenn. ustin, Texas March 16-17 Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational Melton Hill Lake Oak Ridge, Tenn.

May 4 Big 12 Championship Wyandotte County Lake Kansas City, Kan.

April 6 Alabama with Central Florida Black Warrior River Tuscaloosa, Ala.

May 18 Conference USA Championship Melton Hill Lake Oak Ridge, Tenn.

April 13-14 Knecht Cup Regatta Cooper River Cherry Hill, N.J.

May 31 - June 2 NCAA Rowing Championship Eagle Creek Park Indianapolis, Ind.

April 27 Bucknell, Connecticut and Delaware Pinchot Lake Lewisberry, Pa.

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Hilary Meale

Tamyra Roberts

2012 Season Review Four Crews Highlight Successful Season At North Carolina with Georgetown Varsity Four Places First The West Virginia University rowing team earned a first-place finish in the women’s varsity four event, against North Carolina and Georgetown on Lake Wheeler in Raleigh, N.C. The line-up of Sarah Hansard, Tamyra Roberts, Jenelle Spencer, Mollie Rosen and coxswain Morgan Leach crossed the line in 7:53.14, ahead of Georgetown (7:56.45) and North Carolina (7:58.43). West Virginia earned a second-place finish in women’s varsity eight competition, crossing the line in 7:03.66 ahead of Georgetown’s ‘B’ crew (7:04.32) and North Carolina (7:10.40) but behind Georgetown’s ‘A’ crew (6:57.54). The Mountaineers also placed second in the women’s second varsity four event ahead of North Carolina’s ‘A’ (8:31.79) and ‘B’ (8:41.52) crews but behind Georgetown (8:06.67). West Virginia finished the race in 8:16.77. In women’s second varsity eight competition, the Mountaineers placed third (7:32.39) behind North Carolina (7:07.90) and Georgetown (7:11.17).

Rachel Cokeley Occoquan Sprints Novice Four Takes First The West Virginia University rowing team earned a first-place finish in its flight during the women’s novice four event at the Occoquan Sprints on the Occoquan Reservoir in Fairfax Station, Va. The crew of Bethany Sapen, Melinda Sharon, Enya Messersmith, Kaitlyn Eason and coxswain Caitlin Madamba advanced from third place to first place during the last 500 meters of racing to earn its first win of the season and the best result of the day for the Mountaineers. Additionally, their time of 8:12.60 was the second-fastest overall time among the 18 crews that participated in women’s novice four competition. The varsity four crew of Sarah Hansard, Tamyra Roberts, Rebecca Knecht, Brianna Dendler and coxswain Sarah Cartwright raced to a fourth-place finish in its flight, crossing the line in 7:56.28. In just its second outing this season, the crew posted the seventh-fastest time out of 21 crews overall. During the women’s second varsity eight event, the crew of Brittany Doss, Mollie Rosen, Danicka Rencken, Rachel Cokeley, Jessica Kelly, Amanda Hirsch, Elizabeth Duarte, Lisa Deklau and coxswain Ellen Shular found itself placed in a preliminary heat that provided a rematch with North Carolina.

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The team raced to a fourth-place finish in that heat, advancing to the Petite Final where it would ultimately finish second to La Salle (7:27.70) after crossing the line in 7:28.35. In the last event of the day, the women’s varsity eight comprised of Hilary Meale, Danielle Widecrantz, Jenelle Spencer, Shannon Gribbons, Kelly Kramer, Jessica Hurlbert, Rachelle Purych, Courtney Schrand and coxswain Mallory Fisher advanced to the Grand Final for the second consecutive year, ultimately placing sixth with a time of 7:01.60. Knecht Cup Four Crews Place in Finals The West Virginia University rowing team concluded racing at the Knecht Cup with all four crews advancing to the finals for just the fourth time in program history. The novice four crew comprised of Bethany Anne Sapen, Melinda Sharon, Enya Messersmith, Kaitlyn Eason and coxswain Alexandra Basil paved the way for the Mountaineers, having advanced to the Grand Final of their event for the second consecutive year. The Mountaineers raced against Duquesne ‘A’, Villanova ‘A’, Fairfield, Old Dominion and Delaware, ultimately finishing in sixth place after crossing the line in 8:34.05. With that performance, the crew ended weekend competition sixth out of 47 crews overall.


Following the novice four, the varsity eight crew of Hilary Meale, Jenelle Spencer, Rachelle Purych, Danielle Widecrantz, Kelly Kramer, Shannon Gribbons, Karen Verwey, Courtney Schrand and coxswain Mallory Fisher advanced to the Petite Final where they faced Old Dominion, Miami, Temple, Drexel and George Mason. West Virginia raced to a fourth-place finish, posting a time of 6:42.72. Their performance was good enough for a 10th-place finish out of a total 31 entries. Additionally, the varsity four and second varsity eight crews advanced to the Third Final in their respective events. The second varsity eight crew comprised of Jessica Hurlbert, Mollie Rosen, Elizabeth Duarte, Rachel Cokeley, Jessica Kelly, Amanda Hirsch, Danika Rencken, Lisa Deklau and coxswain Ellen Shular raced against Connecticut, Old Dominion, North Carolina, Miami and New Hampshire and finished in fifth place with a time of 7:16.68. The crew finished 17th out of 28 entries overall. Lastly, the varsity four crew of Sarah Hansard, Tamyra Roberts, Rebecca Knecht, Brianna Dendler and coxswain Sarah Cartwright finished first in their final, defeating Army, Connecticut, Buffalo, Rutgers and Temple. With a time of 8:01.28, the crew ultimately finished 13th out of 35 entries. Dayton Varsity Four Crews Take Both Races The West Virginia University rowing team concluded its home competition against Dayton on the Monongahela River in Star City, with the varsity four crew winning both of its races.

Saturday’s races took place in a 1,500-meter format instead of the 2,000-meter format typically used at spring events, and official margins and times were not recorded. Line-up changes were also made by both West Virginia and Dayton throughout the course of racing. The varsity eight crews and second varsity eight crews were run in one flight, with Dayton’s varsity eight winning both of those races. Notre Dame Invitational Crews Place in Petite Finals The West Virginia University rowing team concluded racing at the Notre Dame Invitational, with all four of its crews placing in the Petite Finals of their events. The varsity eight crew comprised of Jenelle Spencer, Hilary Meale, Rachelle Purych, Kelly Kramer, Shannon Gribbons, Danielle Widecrantz, Karen Verwey, Courtney Schrand and coxswain Mallory Fisher opened racing by competing in the first heat of its event against Notre Dame and Iowa, ultimately placing third to advance to the Petite Final against Rutgers. The Mountaineers defeated Rutgers in that final, finishing in first place with a time of 7:11.9. Following that performance, the second varsity eight crew of Brittany Doss, Mollie Rosen, Danika Rencken, Rachel Cokeley, Jessica Kelly, Amanda Hirsch, Jessica Hurlbert, Lisa Deklau and coxswain Morgan Leach advanced to the Petite Final of its event, after placing third against Notre Dame and Louisville in the first heat of morning competition. The crew ultimately fell to Rutgers (7:28.6) in that final, finishing in second place with a time of 7:31.7. The varsity four crew of Rebecca Knecht, Brianna Dendler, Elizabeth Duarte, Tamyra Roberts and coxswain Ellen Shular advanced to the Petite Final of its event against Rutgers after placing third during its morning heat against Notre Dame and Iowa. West Virginia placed first in that final, crossing the line ahead of the Scarlet Knights (8:38.5) with a time of 8:23.2. Lastly, West Virginia’s second varsity four crew of Bethany Anne Sapen, Melinda Sharon, Enya Messersmith, Kaitlyn Eason and coxswain Alexandra Basil advanced to the Petite Final after falling to Syracuse during the second heat of morning competition. The Mountaineers ultimately placed third behind Notre Dame and Iowa in that final, having finished the race in 8:40.9.

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Big East Championship Rowing Places Seventh The West Virginia University rowing team concluded its spring season at the Big East Championship on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. The Mountaineers advanced to the Petite Final in three of their events, tallying 54 points for a seventh-place finish overall. West Virginia’s varsity eight crew of Jenelle Spencer, Hilary Meale, Rachelle Purych, Kelly Kramer, Shannon Gribbons, Danielle Widecrantz, Karen Verwey, Courtney Schrand and coxswain Mallory Fisher crossed the line in 6:41.44 to advance to the afternoon Petite Final against Rutgers, Connecticut and Villanova. The team placed second in that final, finishing in 6:59.36, behind Rutgers (6:54.52), but ahead of Connecticut (7:01.03) and Villanova (7:06.76). Sophomore Courtney Schrand was named to the All-Big East First Team for the second consecutive year for helping lead the Mountaineers to an overall sixth-place finish in the varsity eight event. Following the varsity eight, the second varsity eight took to the water for their morning time trial. The crew of Brittany Doss, Mollie Rosen, Danika Rencken, Rachel Cokeley, Jessica Kelly, Amanda Hirsch, Jessica Hurlbert, Lisa Deklau and coxswain Morgan Leach finished the trial in 6:52.86 to earn a place in the Petite Final. The team finished second to Georgetown (7:06.97) in that final, having crossed the line in 7:08.91. They placed ahead of Rutgers (7:14.38) and Villanova (7:23.70). The Mountaineers next competed in the varsity four event, where the crew of Rebecca Knecht, Brianna Dendler, Elizabeth Duarte, Tamyra Roberts and coxswain Ellen Shular finished its morning time trial in 7:39.99 to advance to the Petite Final. West Virginia placed second in that final, behind Connecticut (7:55.39), but ahead of Rutgers (8:03.50) and Villanova (8:14.23). Lastly, the second varsity four crew of Bethany Anne Sapen, Melinda Sharon, Enya Messersmith, Kaitlyn Eason and coxswain Alexandra Basil raced against Notre Dame, Louisville, Rutgers and Connecticut in the final of their event. The Mountaineers ultimately placed fourth behind Notre Dame (7:44.37), Louisville (8:00.45), and Rutgers (8:07.62) but ahead of Connecticut (8:16.68). Notre Dame won the Big East team title for a ninth consecutive year with 111 points, followed by Syracuse (97), Louisville (87), Georgetown (69), Connecticut (60), Rutgers (55), WVU (54) and Villanova (30).


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Brianna Dendler and Elizabeth Duarte

Courtney Schrand, Kelly Kramer, Mollie Rosen and Lisa Deklau

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Regatta Visits Name Big East Dad Vail ECAC Regatta George Washington Invite Head of the Charles Head of the Cuyahoga Head of the Elk Head of the Genesee Head of the Occoquan Head of the Ohio Head of the Mon Women’s Royal Henley Head of the Schuylkill Knecht Cup Regatta Metro Cup Murphy Cup Navy Day Occoquan Sprints Philadelphia Frostbite San Diego Crew Classic SIRA

Visits Began 12 2001 9 2000 1 2010 2 2004 5 2002 1 2000 1 2005 2 2006 5 2000 11 2000 2 2003 1 2001 7 2000 11 2002 1 2007 4 2005 2 2001 2 2011 2 2010 4 2003 7 2001

WVU at the 2006 SIRA’s

All-Time Opponents Opponent

Number Series of Meets Began

Barry

1 2002

Cincinnati

3 2001

Connecticut

1 2002

Dayton

5 2008

Duquesne

4 2003

Central Florida

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George Mason

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Georgetown

2 2012

George Washington

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Iowa

2 2012

Jacksonville

1 2002

Louisville

2 2001

North Carolina

1

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Notre Dame

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Rutgers

1 2012

Syracuse

1 2012

2011

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Awards and Honors U.S. ROWING ROWING NATIONAL NATIONAL TEAM TEAM U.S. 2002 Meg Ayers *(Top 10 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 AT-LARGE SECOND TEAM

2011

Rachel Viglianco

NSCA NSCA ALL-AMERICAN ALL-AMERICAN STRENGTH STRENGTH AND AND CONDITIONING CONDITIONING ATHLETES ATHLETES

2006 2011

2011 2012

Meg Ayers Rachel Viglianco

CRCA ALL-MID ATLANTIC REGION FIRST TEAM Shannon Gribbons Courtney Schrand

CRCA ALL-MID ATLANTIC REGION SECOND TEAM

2006

Meg Ayers

Shannon Gribbons

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 BIG EAST SCHOLAR-ATHLETE SPORT EXCELLENCE AWARD

2011

Rachel Viglianco

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Awards and Honors

ALL - BIG EAST 2010 Kimberly Benda 2010 Caroline Rettig 2011 Courtney Schrand 2012 Courtney Schrand

MOST IMPROVED

BIG EAST INSTITUTIONAL FEMALE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE 2010 Kimberly Benda TEAM CAPTAINS 2000-2001 Tina Griffith 2001-2002 Tina Griffith 2002-2003 Tina Griffith Risha Kelley 2003-2004 Meg Ayers Donna Stullken 2004-2005 Meg Ayers Donna Stullken 2005-2006 Caitlin Everett Meg Ayers 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 G.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 2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004 2004-2005 2005-2006

Tina Griffith Risha Kelley Kate Abernathy Christy Davison Amelia Payne 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

2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012

Emily Boehler Megan Ostrom Stephanie Roof Jeannine McCarty (Varsity) Brittany Doss (Novice) Hilary Meale (Varsity) Mallory Fisher (Novice) 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 G.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 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

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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 10 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.

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 10 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 they 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. WVU “After we won Vails, we didn’t know right away that we

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All-Time Results 2000-01 RESULTS 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+

UCF, CONNECTICUT, MIAMI, WEST VIRGINIA Miami, Fla. March 23, 2002

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

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

TIME FINISH 17:12 8th

EVENT Women’s Collegiate Novice 8+ Women’s Championship 8+ Women’s Championship 4+

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

TIME FINISH 18:55.13 8th 17:57.24 8th 18:50.79 3rd

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

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

CINCINATTI REGATTA (Cincinnati, Louisville and West Virginia) Lake Harsha, Cincinnati, Ohio April 14, 2001 TIME FINISH 7:07.7 3rd 7:23.6 1st

SIRA REGATTA Oak Ridge, Tenn. April 21, 2001

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 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

5th

2001-02 RESULTS HEAD OF THE OHIO Allegheny River, Pittsburgh, Pa. October 6, 2001

EVENT Varsity 4+ Women’s 8+ Preliminary Heat Women’s 8+ (‘C’ Final)

8:01.34

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

HEAD OF THE OCCOQUAN Sandy Run Regional Park, Fairfax Station, Va. November 4, 2000

EVENT Varsity 8+ Varsity 4+

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+

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

TIME FINISH 7:33.08* 1st 7:15.75

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

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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’

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


All-Time Results BIG EAST WOMEN’S ROWING CHALLENGE Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester, Mass. April 28, 2002

HEAD OF THE SCHUYLKILL Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. October 26, 2002

SIRA REGATTA April 19, 2003 Melton Hill Lake, Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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

EVENT Women’s Novice 4+ Women’s Club Eights Women’s Novice 8+ “A” “B” Women’s Championship Eights

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 +29.06

6th

8:12.94

3rd

8:15.34

5th

TIME FINISH 19:36.18 3rd 16:18.83 11th 17:10.38 10th 18:17.30 27th 14:39.03 3rd

DAD VAIL REGATTA Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. May 10-11, 2002

HEAD RACE VS. DUQUESNE Monongahela River, Morgantown, W. Va. March 23, 2003

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

EVENT Race One (1,000 meters) Women’s Varsity 8+ Women’s Second Varsity 8+ Women’s Novice 8+ “A” “B”

2002-03 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 8+ 13:53.4 3rd HEAD OF THE CHARLES Charles River, Cambridge, Mass. October 19, 2002 EVENT Women’s College 8+ Women’s College 4+

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”

TIME FINISH

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

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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

1st 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

DAD VAIL REGATTA Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. May 10, 2003

3:29.0 3:40.6

1st 1st

3:53.0 3:55.9

1st 1st

EVENT TIME FINISH Women’s JV Eight Grand Final 7:08.1 3rd Women’s Heavyweight Varsity 8+ Grand Final 6:39.34 3rd

3:35.7 3:37.9

1st 1st

ECAC NATIONAL COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL Cooper River, Camden, N.J. May 11, 2003

3:43.5 3:48.5

1st 1st

TIME FINISH 6:57.00 1st

KNECHT CUP Cooper River, Camden, N.J. April 11, 2003 TIME FINISH 17:28.48 2nd 21:03.59 30th

7:26.1

3:24.0 3:37.1

SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC Mission Bay, San Diego, Calif. April 5, 2003 EVENT Women’s Cal Cup Grand Final

TIME FINISH

TIME FINISH 9:21.27 4th 8:50.9

5th

7:53.8

1st

7:26.9

3rd

6:51.5

1st

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EVENT Novice 8+ Petite Final Second Novice 8+ Grand Final Varsity 8+ Grand Final Second Varsity 8+ Petite Final

EVENT Novice Metro Eight Grand Final Second Varsity Metro Eight Grand Final Varsity Metro Four Petite Final Varsity Metro Eight Grand Final

TIME FINISH 7:16.8

2nd

7:20.41

2nd

6:37.71

4th

7:06.92

2nd

TIME FINISH 7:48.99

6th

7:23.22

3rd

8:25.62

1st

7:01.25

3rd


All-Time Results 2003-04 RESULTS

2004-05 RESULTS

HEAD OF THE MON Monongahela River, Morgantown, W. Va. October 4, 2003

HEAD OF THE OHIO Allegheny River, Pittsburgh, Pa. October 2, 2004

EVENT Varsity 8+ “A” “B” Novice 8+ “B” “A” Novice 4+ Varsity 2+

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’

TIME FINISH 20:51.44 6th 22:27.80 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

HEAD OF THE SCHUYLKILL Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. October 25, 2003

SAN DIEGO CREW CLASSIC Mission Bay, San Diego, Calif. April 3, 2004 EVENT Jessop-Whittier Cup Petite Final

TIME FINISH 23:30.61 1st 20:02.01 3rd 20:52.23 7th 21:31.56 2nd 29:51.56 6th 23:57.36 23rd 17:37.28 4th 22:15.15 10th

HEAD OF THE CHARLES Charles River, Cambridge, Mass. October 24, 2004 EVENT Women’s Collegiate 8+

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 2, 2005

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 TIME FINISH 7:22.33

7th

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

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

EVENT Women’s Cal Cup Third Final

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

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

8:34.03

2nd

7:38.06

2nd

EVENT Women’s Varsity 4+ Grand Final Women’s Varsity 8+ Grand Final

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TIME FINISH 7:07.50

4th

7:05.70

1st

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

TIME FINISH 1st

1st

KNECHT CUP Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. April 16, 2005

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

7:11.09

7:17.80

GEORGE WASHINGTON INVITATIONAL CREW CLASSIC Potomac River, Washington D.C. April 9, 2005

KNECHT CUP Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. April 18, 2004

EVENT Varsity 8+ Petite Final Novice 8+ Petite Final Second Varsity 8+ Petite Final

TIME FINISH

TIME FINISH 10:53.92 5th 8:55.48

6th


All-Time Results CINCINNATI DUAL RACE Monongahela River, Morgantown, W. Va. April 30, 2005

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

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

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

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

EVENT Women’s Open Eight Championship Results

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

2005-06 RESULTS

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

16:23.50 8th 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

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

EVENT Novice 4+ Grand Final Varsity 4+ Grand Final Varsity 8+ Petite Final

TIME FINISH 8:52.6

5th

8:32.0

6th

7:15.7

4th

TIME FINISH 7:59.59

2nd

7:02.52

4th

8:20.07

2nd

TIME FINISH 8:08.45

3rd

8:08.22

6th

7:16.67

3rd

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

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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

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 7:29.22

5th

8:13.09

5th

EVENT Women’s Novice 8+ against Georgetown against George Washington against Delaware Women’s Varsity 8+ against Georgetown against George Washington against Delaware

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

HEAD OF THE OHIO Allegheny River, Pittsburgh, Pa. October 7, 2006

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GEORGE WASHINGTON INVITATIONAL Potomac River, Washington D.C. April 6-7, 2007

2006-07 RESULTS

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

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

DAD VAIL REGATTA Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. May 12-13, 2006

15:15.53 6th

17:46.22

9:16.20

BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester, Mass. April 30, 2006

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

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

3rd 4th 6th 7th

17:58.84 2nd 18:04.81 3rd 15:04.61 2nd 16:41.57 10th 23:59.59 10th 13:50.66 1st

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TIME FINISH 8:46.0

6th

7:58.1

5th

7:44.1

6th

7:36.7

5th


All-Time Results SIRA REGATTA Melton Hill Lake, Oak Ridge, Tenn. April 22, 2007

KNECHT CUP Cooper River, Camden, N.J. April 12, 2008

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

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 7:26.8

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

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

2007-08 RESULTS 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 3rd 19:16.3 14th 16:34.01 7th

TIME FINISH 19:23.92 8th 25:41.1 5th 22:08.72 13th 24:08.85 18th 20:14.74 1st 21:30.23 10th

DAYTON, DUQUESNE Eastwood Lake, Dayton, Ohio April 5, 2008 EVENT Varsity 8+ Varsity 4+ Novice 8+ Novice 4+ ‘A’ Novice 4+ ‘B’

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 Semifinals Women’s Novice Eight Semifinals

TIME FINISH 7:26.94

4th

8:22.87

5th

7:04.11

6th

2008-09 RESULTS

HEAD OF THE OCCOQUAN Occoquan River, Fairfax Station, Va. November 3, 2007 EVENT Collegiate Women’s 8+ College Women Novice 4+ Women’s Collegiate Novice 8+ ‘A’ ‘B’ Women’s Collegiate 4+ ‘A’ ‘B’

MURHPY CUP Schuylkill River, Philadelphia Pa. March 28, 2009

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

TIME FINISH 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

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

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 TIME FINISH 17:06.71 2nd 18:09.03 8th

HEAD OF THE OCCOQUAN Occoquan River, Fairfax Station, Va. November 1, 2008 EVENT Women’s Collegiate 4+ ‘A’ ‘B’ ‘C’ Women’s Collegiate 8+ Women’s Collegiate Novice 4+ ‘A’ ‘B’ Women’s Collegiate Novice 8+

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

TIME FINISH 19:13.14 19:57.39 21:10.79 17:36.17

3rd 10th 17th 5th

20:56.29 3rd 25:01.63 12th 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

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

TIME FINISH 7:25.50

5th

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


All-Time Results DAD VAIL REGATTA Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. May 9, 2009 EVENT *Women’s Heavyweight Eight *Women’s Pair Women’s Frosh/Novice Eight Semifinal Two

TIME FINISH 4:53.66 22nd 6:38.48 16th 7:07.00

5th

*Timed Trials were used due to weather conditions

2009-10 RESULTS HEAD OF THE OHIO Allegheny River, Pittsburgh, Pa. October 3, 2009 EVENT Women’s Open 8+ ‘A’ ‘B’

TIME FINISH 15:35.14 3rd 16:02.67 6th

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

KNECHT CUP Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. April 11, 2010

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

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

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

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

TIME FINISH 19:23.00 1st 20:06.00 4th 21:04.00 4th 21:23.00 5th 21:40.00 6th 23:32.00 1st 23:59.00 2nd 25:41.00 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’ ‘C’ Women’s Novice 8+ Women’s Novice 4+ ‘A’ ‘B’

TIME FINISH 18:43.69 8th 19:34.95 14th 19:59.41 20:56.10 21:27.01 22:25.57

3rd 12th 16th 15th

24:33.41 9th 26:21.51 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

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

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8:33.21

3rd

8:02.34

4th

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8:34.40 8:06.18

3rd 5th

6:54.12

2nd

7:16.13

2nd

2010-11 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 1st 16:02.89 7th 17:23.60 2nd 17:54.85 3rd 16:48.07 5th 17:20.11 10th 18:44.31 19th

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 17:00.54 17:08.19

5th 7th

15:51.53 7th 17:40.53 21st 18:56.64 11th 19:50.50 13th


All-Time Results HEAD OF THE OCCOQUAN Occoquan River, Fairfax Station, Va. November 6, 2010

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

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’

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

TIME FINISH 17:46.65 6th 19:11.30 20th 19:02.42 2nd 19:48.11 7th 20:23.31 15th 21:40.57 3rd 22:43.72 7th 25:44.43 16th 20:40.39 10th 22:01.42 16th

PHILADELPHIA FROSTBITE Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. November 13, 2010 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’ UNC, GEORGE MASON Lake Wheeler, Raleigh, N.C. March 19, 2011

TIME FINISH

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

7:51.25 7:56.74 8:18.33

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

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TIME FINISH 8:21.49

1st

7:31.55

4th

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

DAD VAIL REGATTA Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. May 14, 2011 EVENT Women’s Pair Semifinal Two Women’s Varsity 8+ Petite Final Women’s Frosh/Novice 4+ Grand Final

TIME FINISH 8:34.61

3rd

6:49.36

2nd

8:10.52

5th

HEAD OF THE OHIO Allegheny River, Pittsburgh, Pa. October 1, 2011 EVENT TIME FINISH Women’s Open 8+ 15:59.20 1st Women’s Open 2x 18:50.69 2nd (Gribbons) 19:49.01 (Spencer) 3rd Women’s Open 4+ ‘C’ 17:32.13 1st ‘B’ 18:39.69 7th ‘A’ 19:35.90 15th HEAD OF THE KANAWHA Kanawha River, Charleston, W. Va. October 15, 2011 EVENT Women’s Open 1+ ‘A’ ‘B’ Women’s Open 8+

EVENT Women’s Open 4+ ‘A’ ‘B’ ‘C’

5th

7:45.28

3rd

7:26.82

2nd

9:26.63

4th

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TIME FINISH 15:51.76 5th 16:43.33 18th 16:58.36 20th

HEAD OF THE OCCOQUAN Occoquan Reservoir, Fairfax Station, Va. November 5, 2011

TIME FINISH 8:43.32

22:29 23:15 19:14

HEAD OF THE SCHUYLKILL Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. October 29, 2011

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

TIME FINISH

TIME FINISH 22:00.85 2nd 23:42.68 7th 20:40.84 6th 23:53.22 18th


All-Time Results

DAYTON Monongahela River, Morgantown, W.Va. April 21, 2012 (*Official times and margins not recorded)

PHILADELPHIA FROSTBITE Cooper River, Pennsauken, N.J. November 12, 2011 EVENT Women’s Open Double ‘A’ ‘C’ ‘B’ Women’s Novice 4+ Flight Two ‘A’ Flight Three ‘B’ Women’s Novice 8+ Flight One ‘A’ Flight Two ‘B’ Women’s Varsity 4+ Flight Two ‘A’ Flight Three ‘B’ ‘C’ Women’s Varsity 8+ Flight One ‘B’ Flight Three ‘A’

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

EVENT Women’s Varsity 8+ Race One Race Two Women’s Varsity 4+ Race One Race Two

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

TIME FINISH 2nd 2nd 1st 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

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

FINISH

7:11.9

1st

7:31.7

1st

8:23.2

1st

8:40.9

3rd

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

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

TIME FINISH 7:28.35

2nd

8:12.60

1st

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

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4th

7:58.21

2nd

7:08.9

2nd

6:59.36

2nd


Letterwinners

Meg Ayers

A Kate Abernathy Christina Alicea Lori Arbogast Meg Ayers

Princeton, N.J. Elkins, W. Va. Morgantown, W.Va. Dayton, Ohio

2000-2003 2007-2008 2000-2001 2002-2006

B Alexandra Basil Katie Baylor Kimberly Benda Brooke Bissett Whitney Blume Emily Boehler Anna-Claire Bowers Brittany Brooks Ashley Brown Stephanie Brown Kaitlyn Brownson Laura Buch Megan Bush

Wellsburg, W.Va. 2012-2012 Dublin, Ohio 2002-2006 Comox, B.C. 2006-2010 Morgantown, W.Va. 2001-2001 Shepherdstown, W.Va. 2006-2007 Pittsburgh, Pa. 2006-2008 Kearneysville, W.Va. 2011-2011 Nanaimo, B.C. 2006-2010 Bluefield, W.Va. 2001-2001 Liverpool, N.Y. 2007-2009 Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 2006-2008, 2009-2011 Lyme, Conn. 2002-2004 Springfield, Va. 2005-2008

C Nicole Canales Sarah Cartwright Shannon Clark Rachel Cokeley Cara Cruikshank

Warrington, Pa. Kearneysville, W.Va. Wheeling, W.Va. Harrisville, W.Va. Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

2004-2007 2011-2012 2000-2001 2012-2012 2003-2005

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Christy Davison Cross Lanes, W.Va. Lisa Deklau Gambrills, Md. Gaetane D.L. Bourdonnaye Boulogne, France Christine DeRienzo Bethpage, N.Y. Noelle Dodge Philipi, W.Va. Brittany Doss Cross Lanes, W.Va. Elizabeth Duarte Morgantown, W.Va. Teresa Dugan Gaithersburg, Md. Anastasia DuPont Clarksburg, W.Va.

2003-2005 2012-2012 2002-2004 2000-2002 2000-2002 2011-2012 2012-2012 2006-2007 2011-2011

E Kaitlyn Eason Carla Edwards Caitlin Everett

Dauphin, Pa. St. Catharines, Ontario Ballston Spa, N.Y.

2012-2012 2006-2007 2002-2006

F Mallory Fisher Alexandra Flavion Susan Frizzell

Whitefish Bay, Wis. Charles Town, W.Va. Upper Arlington, Ohio Pittsburgh, Pa. Stanley, Va.

2007-2009 2012-2012 2005-2007 2009-2012 2011-2012

K Melissa Kane Risha Kelley Jessica Kelly Rebecca Knecht Kelly Kramer Quinn Kratovil Brett Krumholz Angie Keslin

Seaside Park, N.J. Fairmont, W.Va. Wexford, Pa. Ellicott City, Md. Lakewood, Ohio Fairfax Station, Va. Reading, Pa. Chattanooga, Tenn.

2006-2007 2001-2003 2008-2012 2012-2012 2012-2012 2009-2009 2009-2010 2001-2001

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Hartly, Del. Cranberry Township, Pa. Walkersville, Md.

2011-2012 2009-2011 2000-2001

G Lesley Garcia Erin Goodman Laura Goren Shannon Gribbons Tina Griffith

Gillian Hanbury Sarah Hansard Michelle Heier Amanda Hirsch Jessica Hurlbert

Orlando, Fla. Williamshon, Pa. El Dorado Hills, Calif. Port Elgin, Ontario West Liberty, W.Va.

Morgan Leach Kirsten Leslie Kat Loya

2006-2007 2001-2003 2003-2006 2009-2012 2000-2003

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2011-2012 2001-2005 2006-2008


Letterwinners M Amanda Mahasky Jaclyn Maritato Jess Martini Maclyn McCall Jeannine McCarty Erin McLaughlin Hilary Meale Christina Mehrtens Enya Messersmith Alita Meyers Caitlin Murphy

Freehold, N.J. Rockaway, N.J. Tinton Falls, N.J. Rainelle, W.Va. Vineland, N.J. Bel Air, Md. Morgantown, W.Va. Hillsborough, N.J. Spring Grove, Pa. Elizabeth, Pa. Hillsborough, N.J.

R 2007-2010 2000-2001 2002-2004 2000-2001 2010-2012 2002-2005 2011-2012 2012-2012 2012-2012 2007-2011 2009-2011

N Megan Neckelmann Erin Nisbet

Medford Lakes, N.J. Somerset, N.J.

2010-2011 2000-2003

O Meghann Ostrom

Dumfries, W.Va.

2007-2008

P Amelia Payne Kensie Phillips Rachelle Purych

Edmonton, Alberta Mount Maunganui, N.Z. Victoria, B.C.

Robin Reed Danika Rencken Caroline Rettig Tamyra Roberts Stephanie Roof Bethanne Rook Mollie Rosen

Princeton, W.Va. Hollis, N.H. Cincinnati, Ohio Vineland, N.J. Harrison City, Pa. Newtown, Pa. Bethesda, Md.

2003-2006 2012-2012 2006-2010 2012-2012 2007-2010 2000-2001 2012-2012

S Bethany Anne Sapen Christy Scherger Courtney Schrand Melinda Sharon Melissa Shaver Anna Shealy Elizabeth Short Ellen Shular Jenelle Spencer Keyara Stevenson Virginia Stilwell Donna Stullken Courtney Sullivan

2001-2005 2007-2010 2010-2012

Harrisburg, Pa. Charlotte,N.C. Virginia Beach, Va. Hopkinton, Ma. Gainesville,Va. Augusta, Ga. Bethesda, Md. Orchard Park, N.Y. Sidney, B.C. Ranson, W.Va. Alexandria, Va. Augusta, Ga. Woodbridge, Va.

2012-2012 2002-2003 2011-2012 2012-2012 2010-2011 2001-2003 2006-2007 2011-2012 2008-2012 2009-2011 2006-2007 2001-2005 2004-2006

T Alyssa Thompson Joanna Thompson

Lincoln University, Pa. Rockville, Md.

2010-2012 2007-2008

V Rachel Viglianco Karen Verwey

St. Albans, W.Va. Te Puke, N.Z.

2009-2011 2011-2012

W Kathryn Walsh Lauren Washabaugh Mollie Welty Danielle Widecrantz Megan Will

Kensington, N.H. Mt. Airy, Md. Woodbridge, Va. Egg Harbor Twp, N.J. Brentwood Bay, Victoria

2009-2010 2010-2011 2006-2007 2010-2012 2003-2005

Y Morgan Yeager

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2007-2008


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James P. Clements, Ph.D. President Jim Clements is West Virginia University’s 23rd president. WVU is the flagship university of West Virginia, with an internationally diverse student body of more than 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students across approximately 200 degree programs in the University’s 13 constituent colleges, two divisional colleges, and multiple healthcare sites. Dr. Clements chairs the boards of the West Virginia United Health System, the WVU Hospitals, and the WVU Research Corporation. In total, WVU and its affiliates represent a $2.3 billion enterprise and employ more than 18,000 people. WVU and its affiliates are currently in the midst of more than $600 million of capital improvements. Regionally, he is a board member of the National Energy Technology Laboratory Regional University Alliance. He chairs the Implementation Committee of the Power of

32, a visioning initiative across 32 counties in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In the state, he recently co-chaired the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Diversity Initiative Council, and co-chaired the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s College Completion Task Force. In addition, he serves on the board of the West Virginia Business Roundtable. On a national level, he is active with national higher education organizations such as the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and the American Council on Education (ACE). He is currently co-chair of the APLU Energy Forum and is the chair of the ACE Commission on Leadership. Dr. Clements was the only university president selected to join a 15-member Innovation Advisory Board to the U.S. Department of Commerce. He was also nominated and participated in the 81st Joint Civilian Orientation Conference through the U.S. Department of Defense. Before coming to WVU, Dr. Clements served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Towson University, the secondlargest public university in Maryland. Prior to becoming provost, he served as Towson’s vice president for economic and community

outreach, and as the Robert W. Deutsch Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences. Dr. Clements earned a B.S. in computer science and an M.S. and Ph.D. in operations analysis from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), as well as an M.S. in computer science from Johns Hopkins University. The fourth edition of his project management textbook was published in four languages and used in multiple countries; the fifth edition was released in spring 2012. At WVU, Dr. Clements is a tenured professor in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources’ Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. He is married to Beth Clements, and they have four children – Tyler, twin daughters Hannah and Maggie, and Grace.

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Oliver Luck Director of Athletics 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 two 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 recordsetting 70-33 win in the Orange Bowl. Luck’s athletic and professional career has been the epitome of success, first as a recordsetting 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

Oliver Luck was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American quarterback at WVU. 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 CountyHouston 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

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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 by then Gov. Joe Manchin in 2008 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 Betta 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 2008, 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 junior volleyball player at Stanford; Emily, a freshman at Stanford and Addison, who attends Morgantown High.


Senior Staff Athletic Department Personnel Mike Parsons Deputy Director of Athletics

Michael Szul

Keli Cunningham

Terri Howes

Associate Athletic Director

Associate Athletic Director

Compliance/Governance

Sports Administration, SWA

Matt Borman

Michael Fragale

Associate Athletic Director Executive Director of the Mountaineer Athletic Club

Associate Athletic Director Business Operations

Assistant Athletic Director Communications

Curtis Jones

Matt Wells

Assistant Athletic Director

Assistant Athletic Director

Academic Services

Marketing and Sales

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Head Coaches WVU Fields 17 Varsity Sports Programs Jason Butts

Mike Carey

Women’s Soccer

Gymnastics

Women’s Basketball

Sean Cleary

Jon Hammond

Dana Holgorsen

Cross Country/Track

Rifle

Football

Bob Huggins

Jimmy King

Jill Kramer

Men’s Basketball

Rowing

Volleyball

Marlon LeBlanc

Randy Mazey

Men’s Soccer

Baseball

Vic Riggs

Tina Samara

Swimming and Diving

Tennis

Nikki Izzo-Brown

Craig Turnbull Wrestling

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Athletic Facilities Train Like A Champion

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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Receiving Information Media members may receive rowing press releases, notes and more via email. To receive such press releases, match recaps and more, simply email your requests to Brian.Kuppelweiser@mail.wvu.edu. WVUsports.com WVUsports.com is the place for media and fans to go for the latest on Mountaineer rowing. Student-athlete and coaching staff bios are available at the click of a finger by going to WVUsports.com. Updated following each game, 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. Directions to Campus By Car: At the intersection of I-79 and I-68, WVU is approximately 70 miles south of Pittsburgh or 200 miles northwest of Washington, DC. The Visitors Center is accessible from Exit 1 of Interstate 68 (University Ave. exit).

Media Information What To Know When Covering WVU Media Services The West Virginia University sports communications office will be available throughout the entire 2013 rowing season to accommodate 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 the rowing contact, Brian Kuppelweiser. During the Week Any member of the media wishing to interview a rower or member of the coaching staff during the week should contact West Virginia rowing contact Brian Kuppelweiser, via email (Brian.Kuppelweiser@mail. wvu.edu) or 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.

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If you exit from I-68 West turn left at the end of the exit ramp on to Route 119 North; go straight for three stoplights. If you exit from I-79 onto I-68 East turn left at the light on Route 119 North; go straight for three stoplights. At the fourth traffic light turn left into One Waterfront Place. You will see a large blue sign labeled Visitors Center. As you turn left, make a quick right into the parking garage. You will receive a parking ticket that you will need to bring inside with you to have validated for your time at the Visitors Center. The Visitors Center is located on the first floor.

By Air: The closest airports are the Morgantown Airport and the Pittsburgh International Airport. The Gray Line Mountain Line Bus runs a shuttle from Pittsburgh to Morgantown twice daily. By Train: The closest Amtrak station is in Connellsville, Pa., located 37.0 miles from Morgantown.


WVU Sports Communications Sports Information The West Virginia University sports communication office is located on the second floor in the WVU Coliseum, near the Red Gate in room 217. Mailing Address Sports Communications Office West Virginia University P.O. Box 0877 Morgantown, WV 26507-0877 Overnight Shipping Address WVU Sports Communications 3450 Monongahela Blvd., Room 107 Morgantown, WV 26506 Phone Information Office: 304-293-2821 Fax: 304-293-4105 Press Box: 304-293-6480

Rowing Contact Brian Kuppelweiser Sports Communications Graduate Assistant e-mail: Brian.Kuppelweiser@mail.wvu.edu

Staff Michael Fragale Bryan Messerly Joe Swan John Antonik Mike Montoro Katie Kane Grant Dovey Shannon McNamara Tim Goodenow Lisa Ammons Cheryl Maust Amy Prunty Eva Buchman Abby Norman Brian Kuppelweiser

Assistant Athletic Director, Communications Sports Information Director Sports Publications Director Director of New Media Director of Football Communications Associate Sports Information Director Assistant Sports Information Director Assistant Sports Information Director Assistant Sports Publications Director Business Manager Program Assistant Program Assistant Graduate Assistant Graduate Assistant Graduate Assistant

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