UMass Rowing Announces 15 Newcomers For 2013-14 Season
May 21, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass rowing team has announced its fifteen incoming rowers for the 2013-14 season including seven National Letter of Intent signees. Of the newcomers, only four are from New England, two from Massachusetts.
Miranda McIntosh joins the team after spending four years as coxswain on the Lowell High School rowing team. In her junior season, McIntosh took second place in the lightweight 4+ at the Massachusetts State Championship Regatta and took first place in the same boat the year before.
Pippa Edwards, who is also from Eastern Massachusetts, rowed for Wayland-Weston High School before committing to the UMass squad. Edwards is in the Wayland-Weston pair that qualified for the USRowing Youth National Championships and will be a valuable asset to the team with her length and ease of movement through the water.
New York and New Jersey account for six of the incoming freshman, two of which were members of the same club team. Natalie Boisvert and Samantha Wonderlin both rowed for the Moorestown Rowing Club in N.J. Boisvert also qualified for the USRowing Youth National Championships in the youth 4+. She is a fairly new rower who has made great strides in the junior system in a short period of time. Wonderlin, a walk-on, rowed for the varsity 4+ and the varsity 8+ in her time with the club and will be joining the team as a lightweight. She brings with her a strong determination to continue improving.
Hadley Irvin rowed for the Egg Harbor Township High School crew team in New Jersey where she raced in the varsity 4+. In her sophomore year, Irvin won the Garden State Championships in the Junior Varsity 4+ and took second place in this year's varsity 4+ at the same event. Irvin comes from a smaller program where she has demonstrated her drive to continue to grow as a rower and her ability to work well with a team. With natural height and strength on her side, she will fit in well in the Division I program and continue her progression as an athlete.
Bri Ristau, who will graduate from Riverhead Central High School, rowed with the East End Rowing Team prior to signing with UMass. She competed in the single event for her club and took second place at the New York Championship and fourth at Scholastic Nationals last year. Bri is a natural boat mover and has an impressive creative side.
Meghan Rubbo, a walk-on rower, is from Pelham Community Rowing Association in New York as a member of the lightweight 8+ that has qualified for USRowing Youth Nationals. Rubbo is a tough competitor and comes from a well-established and well-coached program with a long history of success.
Haley Eovine, a walk-on coxswain, rowed with the Syracuse Chargers and for Liverpool High School. Eovine possesses all the right characteristics to be a great asset to the team and is both consistent and focused.
Cate Murphy and Hannah Gray both come to UMass from Connecticut. Murphy rowed for Simsbury High School in the varsity 8+ which won the Connecticut Public Schools Rowing Championship Regatta, and took third in the Petite Final of the New England Championship regatta, giving them a rank of ninth best in all of New England. Murphy is a quiet but steadfast athlete and brings with her an exceptional work ethic. Gray, a walk on rower with a long family history of rowing, rowed with the Southeastern Connecticut Rowing Club as a sculler, competing in singles and doubles competitions.
Emily Mann, who was a member of the rowing team for Grimsby Secondary School in Ontario, is one of the most decorated recruits for UMass. In 2012, Mann won the double at the CanAmMex Regatta in 2012, also taking home a silver medal in the quad. She also took home two silver medals in 2011 in the quad and the varsity 8+. So far this year, Mann has won the senior women's single at the Stotesbury Cup and won the single competition at the Head of the Fish, a regatta UMass attends annually.
Teagan Rolf von den Baumen is also an Ontario native and rowed for the Leander Boat Club. At last year's National Rowing Championship she took fourth in the C Final of the pair competition, giving her an overall national rank of 16 and a rank of four among junior competitors.
Haley York, who has been invited to attend the 2013 United States Junior National Team Sweep Selection Camp, rowed with the Upper Natoma Rowing Club in California. York attended the USRowing High Performance Camp last summer and rowed in the lightweight 4+, which won a silver medal at USRowing Youth Nationals in 2012. York is one of the top 10 ranked female junior rowing athletes in the United States and will bring with her an incredible sense of leadership and commitment to the team.
Alexandra Vermooten is also coming to UMass from California, and rowed with the Newport Aquatic Center team in the varsity 8+ until a back injury sidelined her this year. Prior to that, Vermooten took first place in the Head of the American. In her sophomore season she placed fourth at the Southwest Regionals. She's on the mend and looking forward to rowing in the fall.
Rounding out the newcomers is Abagail Raichek, who attended Radnor High School in Pennsylvania. She's a tough coxswain from the Philadelphia area and has raced with both the girl's and the boy's team at Radnor. Raichek is a very dedicated athlete and excellent coxswain.