UMass Rowing Announces Seven Newcomers for 2014-15 Season
Dec. 12, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. -
The UMass rowing team has announced the addition of seven incoming rowers for the 2014-15 season. All have signed National Letter of Intents to compete for the Minutewomen next year. Of the newcomers, three are from New England, including two from Massachusetts.
"We are delighted with the start to this incoming class of athletes," head coach Jim Dietz said. "They are all crafty small boat oarswomen and will make an immediate impact in our varsity crews."
Each of the seven brings experience and success competing at the top levels of the sport to Amherst, Mass. Katherine Armstrong rowed with the Junior National squad on its High Performance Team. Lauren Azuela has also made her presence known on the national scene through participation in the 2013 U.S. Junior National Team Sculling Selection Camp. Kelsey Anderson won gold in the U23 Lightweight 8+ at the Royal Canadian Henley while Charlotte Bleiler has medaled three times at Club Nationals. Grace Bundy was a member of the seventh-highest rated 4x in the country during her 2012-13 junior season while Anasophia Gartner has experience racing at Club Nationals and the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. Zoe Hill sat stroke seat in Junior 2x event at the Independence Day Regatta and Royal Canadian Henley; placing first and fourth, respectively.
MEET THE MINUTEWOMEN SIGNEES
Associate Head Coach Laura Simon on Anderson: "Kelsey comes from a great program and demonstrates the ability to stay calm under pressure as well as make decisions that favor her long term goal to be the best coxswain she can. We are thrilled with her commitment to the Massachusetts rowing program and look forward to working with her in the years to come."
Associate Head Coach Laura Simon on Armstrong: "Katherine is a crafty boat-mover who is dedicated to the sport and her team. Her past experiences with the U.S. Junior National Team have prepared her for the college scene; she is adaptable, hardworking and never complains. Her skills and attitude will serve her well at UMass. We're thrilled to have her joining us."
Associate Head Coach Laura Simon on Azuela: "Lauren is another single sculler and sweep rower that does amazingly well for her size. She's excited to pack her single up and move it up to colder waters and we feel that her great work ethic will be an asset to our team."
Associate Head Coach Laura Simon on Bleiler: "Charlotte is a sincere young athlete with a competitive edge that comes from a well-coached program. We are looking forward to her continued growth with us and excited about what she brings to the table in her good skills and a great attitude."
Associate Head Coach Laura Simon on Bundy: "Grace is wonderful young woman, she always has a smile on her face and is making huge gains in the sport. She picked up rowing at the start of her junior year and we are thrilled to see where this year takes her. She comes from a strong program and is continuing to develop a great skill set."
Associate Head Coach Laura Simon on Gartner: "Anasophia has a strong transferable background in swimming and is just now completing her first full year of rowing. We are looking forward to being a part of her development during her college years and of course having her brothers at races as her personal cheering section."
Associate Head Coach Laura Simon on Hill: "Zoe is another new face that is exploding onto the rowing scene. Zoe picked up an oar just a little over a year ago and has already become passionate about the sport and set her goals high. She is a perfect fit for our team with her sculling background and good-natured personality."