Women's Rowing

UMass Rowing Announces Seven Newcomers for 2014-15 Season

Katherine Armstrong, of Pacific Palisades, Calif., will be rowing for the Minutewomen in the fall.

Katherine Armstrong, of Pacific Palisades, Calif., will be rowing for the Minutewomen in the fall.

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.


Kelsey Anderson
Birthdate: February 7, 1996
Height: 5'4"
Hometown: Alameda, Calif.
High School: College Preparatory School
Club Team: Oakland Strokes
Club Coach: Beth Anderson, Derek Byrnes, Jason Hilton
Position: Coxswain
Notes: A four-year coxswain from Oakland Strokes, one of the top youth rowing clubs in the United States ... Participated in the Royal Canadian Henley during the summer of 2013 and won gold in the U23 Lightweight 8+ ... As a junior, won regional championship in 3V8+ ... Helped the Freshman 8+ boat secure the regional championship.



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."

Katherine Armstrong
Birthdate: June 10, 1996
Height: 5'9"
Hometown: Pacific Palisades, Calif.
High School: Palisades Charter
Club Team: Marina Aquatic Center Junior Rowing
Club Coach: Zohar Abramovitz
Position: Stroke
Notes: Rowed with the Junior National Team for two summers and its High Performance Level Team ... Earned the Coach's Award after sophomore season and Most Improved during freshman campaign ... Participated in the Head of the Charles and won gold in 2012 and silver in 2013 in the Women's 4+ ... Claimed a silver medal in 2012 & a strong fourth-place finish in 2013 at Youth Nationals in 2- ... Helped team secure third at Regionals in the 8+ event and a trip to the 2013 Youth National Championships.

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."

Lauren Azuela
Birthdate: July 25, 1996
Height: 5'5"
Hometown: Austin, Texas
High School: Stephen F. Austin
Club Team: Austin Rowing Club
Club Coach: Jennifer De Haas
Notes: Earned the Outstanding Leadership and Skill in Rowing the past three years and was named Most Valuable Athlete last year at the Austin Rowing Club ... At the Southeast Junior Development Camp in 2012, helped boat secure silver in the JV 4+ ... Attended the Sculling Selection Camp for U.S. Rowing in 2013 ... Was a member of the Austin Rowing Club Summer team that appeared at Club Nationals from 2009-11 ... From 2011-13, participated in the 8+, 4x and 1x events for the Austin Rowing Club Nationals Team.

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."

Charlotte Bleiler
Birthdate: June 14, 1996
Height: 5'8"
Hometown: Boxford, Mass.
High School: Masconomet Regional
Club Team: Essex Rowing Club
Club Coach: Travis Gardner
Notes: Earned silver at the 2011 and 2013 Club Nationals in the Junior 4+ and 4x respectively ... Helped team secure bronze in the Club Nationals Junior 4+ in 2012 ... Qualified for Youth Nationals in the 4x in 2013.

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."

Grace Bundy
Birthdate: June 27, 1996
Height: 5'9"
Hometown: Danbury, Conn.
High School: New Fairfield
Club Team: GMS Rowing Center
Club Coach: Guenter Beutter
Notes: Trained at the GMS Rowing Center under Guenter Beutter, the head coach of the U.S. Junior National Sculling Team ... Was a member of the seventh-highest ranked 4x in the country as a junior in 2012-13.

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."

Anasophia Gartner
Birthdate: May 10, 1996
Height: 6'1"
Hometown: Winchester, Mass.
High School: Winchester
Club Team: Community Rowing Inc. (CRI)
Club Coach: Veronika Platzer
Notes: Started rowing as a junior in high school ... Rowed at Club Nationals and Royal Canadian Henley during the summer ... Also, earned two varsity letters as a member of the swimming team in high school.

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."

Zoe Hill
Birthdate: August 15, 1996
Height: 5'8"
Hometown: Vancouver, Wash.
High School: Mountain View
Club Team: Lake Oswego Community Rowing
Club Coach: Susan Wood
Positions: Port, Starboard, Scull
Notes: Sat stroke seat in Junior 2x event at the Independence Day Regatta and Royal Canadian Henley; placing first and fourth respectively ... Attended a competitive camp with Steel City Rowing during the summer of 2013.

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."

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