Rowing Announces Commitment Of Nineteen To 2012 Roster
June 10, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass rowing head coach Jim Dietz has announced the commitment of seventeen high school seniors and two college transfers from ten states and two countries. The talented group will make their debut for the 13-time Atlantic 10 Champions in the fall of 2012.
Three girls from Massachusetts will be added to the roster this year. Elena Drews rowed for Wayland-Weston Crew along with Samantha Kolovson where they served as co-captains. Drews was the stroke of the lightweight eight and Kolovson rowed in the varsity four, which competed in the Head of the Charles in 2011. Drews is currently competing at Junior Nationals, where she won her preliminary race and is going to compete in the semi-finals. The pair helped their team take the title of Massachusetts Public School Champion all four years of high school. Tess Cigliano rowed for Lowell High School for two years and played on the varsity basketball team all four years, captaining the team her junior and senior year before going to Boston University, where she spent her freshman year.
Some of the most decorated athletes hail from Pennsylvania, including Kaylah Kleczka (Villanova, Pa.), Nicole DeStefano (Berwyn, Pa.), an Stephanie Sager (Doylestown, Pa.). Kleczka boasts nine gold, five silver and three Bronze medals in 4X, 2X and 1X events, including such prestigious regattas as the Stotesbury Cup, Philadelphia City Championships, SRAA National Championships and the NJ Scholastic Rowing Championships. She also rowed for her country in the 2011 Canadian CSSRA Regatta and the 2011 Henley Women's Regatta in England. Kleczka was a three-sport varsity team captain for her senior season in Volleyball, Basketball, and Crew and won the 2012 Inter-Ac Athletic Award. Sager rowed for Swan Creek Rowing Club where she placed second in the double at the Navy Day Regatta and third in the mixed varsity eight at the Head of the Fish Regatta. DeStefano rowed for Conestoga High School where she rowed in the JV Quad and sculled all four years. She also won a medal in the double at the SRAAs in 2012 and is currently competing in Junior Nationals
Nicole Stone and Allanah Rubi-Mooney are both from Tallahassee, Fla. where the two rowed for Capital City Rowing Club. Rubi-Mooney won first place in the South East Regional Championship in the varsity four and took second place at the Florida State Championships in the varsity four in her senior season.
Tessa Liberi (Fair Haven, N.J.) rowed for Rumson-Fair Haven Crew for four years where she was captain her senior year and rowed in the varsity four, which made it to nationals her junior season. Catherine Zane (Mantua, N.J.), rowed for the Newport Rowing Club for three years and was captain her senior season. She finished in the top fifteen at the Mainline Slide Erg Regatta in both 2011 and 2012.
Taryn Wilson (Clifton Park, N.Y.) is a transfer student from Marietta College where she rowed for two years, competing in the NCAA Division III Rowing Championships in both 2011 and 2012. Wilson won the Division III heavyweight eight race at the Dad Vail Regatta in 2011 and won the Division III varsity eight at the Knecht Cup in both 2011 and 2012. Kierra Keegan (Woodside, N.Y.) rowed for all four years of high school where she tallied four gold, three silver, and two bronze medals.
Maggie Curran (Chesapeake, Va.) rowed for Great Bridge Crew for the last four years and lettered three times. She won the lightweight race three times at the Hampton Roads Egg Pull and placed second in the varsity four at the Virginia State Championships in 2010 and won the lightweight double race at the Virginia State Championships in 2011. Lindsey McClure (Wilmette, Ill.) was the coxswain for the New Trier Rowing Club where she went to Nationals her sophomore year and Youth Nationals in 2011. Carla Oberst (Monmouth, Ore.) is new to rowing, but was a varsity cross country runner and a varsity swimmer during her time in high school.
Estefania Marti will be the only international rower on the roster next season. Marti, who lives in Mexico City, Mexico, rowed for Club España and was selected to be on the junior national team in the Canamex Regatta. Krysten Menks (Ventura, Calif.) rowed for the Lake Casitas Rowing Club for four years and was invited to participate in the US Junior National Sculling Camp this summer.
Also joining the team is Erika Foley, who is new to rowing, and Hallie Dunlap (Dallas, Texas). Dunlap rowed for the White Rock Boat Club and will be joining the UMass lightweight eight next season.