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Wisconsin women's rowing signs 15 in early period


Nine of UW's 2013-14 signees (L to R): Top - Marissa Gibson, Monica Gerber, Liliana Hansen, Lucy Chadderton, Megan Whitehouse. Bottom - Diana Glinos, Meagan Hudson, Catherine Thompson, Jessica Bowden.

Nov. 26, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women's rowing team is known for its great tradition, including trips to nine of the last 10 NCAA championships, and now a group of student-athletes have signed on to continue that tradition. Head coach Bebe Bryans has announced the addition of 15 student-athletes who have National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. They are expected to join the Badgers for the fall of 2014. All letters are contingent on acceptance of admission into the University of Wisconsin.

"We are really looking forward to the class of 2018," Bryans said. "They are a diverse class from all over the country, with a lot of competitive experience and athletic backgrounds.

"We were very clear about what we were looking for from this class, and this group of athletes stepped up to take that challenge. They already see themselves as Badgers and teammates, and the current team is proud to have shown them what they have to look forward to."

Jessica Bowden, Madison, Wis. (Camp Randall Rowing Club/Madison East High School)
A two-year rower, Bowden currently competes for Camp Randall Rowing Club in Madison, Wis., under coach MB Blanding. She began her career with Mendota Rowing Club under Martha Laugen. Her career so far is highlighted by two appearance at Head of the Charles, where she placed 17th and third in the four.

Wisconsin assistant coach Nancy LaRocque
"Jessie has the raw talent and size that I look for when recruiting freshman. She comes to us with a competitive softball background so she understands the commitment and drive required for a team of our caliber. She came to one of our one day camps about three years ago and we are really glad she ended up joining one of the local rowing clubs to gain more experience. Still fairly new to rowing, she already shows a lot of promise and I am confident she will become a valuable member of this freshman class."

Marissa Gibson, San Diego (San Diego Rowing Club/La Jolla Senior High School)
Gibson will arrive on campus with significant rowing experience. Coached by two-time Olympic gold medalist Susan Francia, Gibson attended the 2012 Junior National Team Sweep Development Camp and also camped at both the Junior National Team Winter and Spring Sculling High Performance Camps in 2013. She placed fourth at Youth Nationals in the quad and also placed second in the double at the Head of the Charles in 2013.

Wisconsin head coach Bebe Bryans
"Marissa is a flat out racer. She has a lot of small boat experience, and a fierceness and competitiveness that is exciting to be around. We are happy to have her on our team!"

Wisconsin assistant coach Megan Cooke Carcagno
"Marissa has the mindset of the National Team athlete. She will push our team to new levels."

Liliana Hansen, San Anselmo, Calif. (Marin Rowing Association/San Domenico High School)
A coxswain, Hansen began rowing as a sophomore in high school under Sandy Armstrong. In her first year, she was awarded the Roger Barbey Award, given annually to a novice girl who most embodies camaraderie, spirit and dedication to rowing. Elected one of the team's leaders in 2013, she lists one of her career highlights as winning US Rowing's Southwest Junior Regional Championships by 14 seconds.

Wisconsin head coach Bebe Bryans
"Liliana is a student of the sport and has a passion for racing and making her boats faster. She will fit really well into the strong coxswain corps that Wisconsin is known for."

Wisconsin assistant coach Megan Cooke Carcagno
"Lily's maturity and poise blew me away from day one. She is a rock, and we will be better because of her."

Hansen on picking Wisconsin
"It seemed to have a perfect mix between academics and athletics, along with a strong support network for its student-athletes. When I met the coaches and the team, I was impressed by the coaches' vision, and the team's spirit and commitment. I think one reason for the team's overall energy is partly because of the boathouse's location which makes it an integral part of the campus. The combination of these factors at Wisconsin is unique, and unlike what I had seen at other colleges."

Meagan Hudson, Radnor, Penn. (Vesper Rowing Club/Conestoga High School)
Hudson began rowing as a frosh at Conestoga High School and has since captured three titles at the Stotesbury Cup, including twice in the senior quadruple sculls and once in the frosh quadruple sculls. Rowing has taken her overseas, having competed at the Womens' Henley and the Royal Henley Regattas in England in the quad. She has also competed at youth nationals twice, winning the C final and placing fifth in the A final. Hudson began rowing this past summer for Vesper Rowing Club in Philadelphia.

Wisconsin assistant coach Megan Cooke Carcagno
"Meagan's small boat skill and desire to train show me she's more than ready to blossom into a fantastic collegiate oarswoman. She's dedicated to improving every single practice. Junior level scullers show an additional commitment level to the sport. Not to mention any kid that trains twice a day all summer long is truly a Wisconsin athlete."

Hudson on choosing Wisconsin
"It probably sounds cliché, but honestly no other school compared to Wisconsin.  I love the small city feel of being in downtown Madison, and the school spirit was incredible. Porter Boathouse and Lake Mendota also blew me away."

Lucy Chadderton, Indianapolis (Indianapolis Rowing Center/Park Tudor School)
Currently rowing in her third year with the Indianapolis Rowing Center under coach Jackie Kleinhans, Chadderton serves as captain for her senior year. Chadderton was named the team's most valuable oarswomen for the fall and spring of her junior season after rowing on the varsity for the first time. She was part of an eight that placed fifth at the 2013 Midwest Championships last spring, and an eight that was eighth at the Head of the Hooch in the fall of 2012. Prior to becoming a rower, Chadderton was a member of Park Tudor School's varsity swimming and tennis teams.

Wisconsin head coach Bebe Bryans
"Lucy is a strong multi-sport athlete with a great work ethic. We are confident that she will help lay the foundation of this class' potential and success."

Wisconsin assistant coach Megan Cooke Carcagno
"Lucy is all heart. She is a leader and full of love for this sport."

Chadderton on Wisconsin
"The experience I had on campus was what set Wisconsin apart. From being on campus for only half a day, I knew that I wanted to spend the next four years here. The spirit at Wisconsin was unlike anything I had experienced at any other school, which along with the beautiful campus convinced me that I wanted to go to school in Madison."

Beth Yudelman, Newton, Mass. (Community Rowing INC/Newton South High School)
Yudelman, a Newton South High School attendee, coxed Community Rowing INC's youth openweight four to the 2013 Youth National Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the 2013 Club Nationals, where she placed first. A coxswain for more than four years, Yudelman also competed at the Head of the Charles and the 2012 Youth National Championships as a sophomore. Among her coaches, Yudelman currently competes under former Badger assistant coach Veronika Platzer, while past coaches include Ethan Curren and Brent Bode.

Wisconsin assistant coach Megan Cooke Carcagno
"Beth is such a great fit for the program; we can't wait to have her steering this program down the line. She's the complete package of a great teammate and tough competitor. Our coxswains are a tight knit group, and she'll add to that cohesiveness."

Yudelman on Wisconsin
"I chose Wisconsin because of its excellent academics and athletics. I love that Wisconsin is a Big Ten school and right when I walked on campus, I could feel the spirit and liveliness of the student body. I am so excited to be a Badger next year!"

Monica Gerber, San Rafael, Calif. (Marin Rowing Association/Marin Academy)
A current Marin Rowing Association teammate of fellow Badger signee Lilian Hansen, she rows under head coach Sandy Armstrong. A rower since her freshman year of high school, she attends Marin Academy. Recent erg scores has her in sight of the top boat this spring.

Wisconsin Assistant Coach Megan Cooke Carcagno
"Monica is tall, driven and experienced. Coming from one of the fastest teams in the country, her ability to push our team to new expectations is imperative in our success. Having her invaluable race experience in our program will make a big difference."

Gerber on choosing Wisconsin
"I knew Wisconsin was the place for me when I took my official visit. The girls on the team and the coaches are so generous and kind. They push each other on the erg and water, yet care deeply for one another. Not only did the women's rowing team have an intriguing vibe, but also the entire student body. I was delighted by the extreme school pride."

Diana Glinos, Andover, Mass. (Essex Rowing Club/Andover High School)
Glinos began rowing in the fall of 2012 under coach Travis Gardner and raced this fall on the varsity squad as bow seat in the team's top double and quad. As a novice, she competed in the Crash B Sprints and the North East District Championships, among other races. She earned selection to Essex's High Performance Group for the summer, racing in the 2013 Club National Championships and the 2013 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta.

Wisconsin head coach Bebe Bryans
"Diana is a really talented multi-sport athlete who has shown great promise in a fairly short rowing career. We can't wait to help her find her potential on the water."

Glinos on Wisconsin
"What set Wisconsin apart for me is the unique setting and feel of the campus. I loved the fact that the University has both a very organized campus and is also in an urban location. Also the friendliness of the team as well as the goals that the rowing team has set, including winning NCAA's, set it apart for me."

Callie Hebert, Whitewater, Wis. (J-Hawks Aquatic Club-Swimming/Whitewater High School)
A three-time conference champion in the 100-yard breaststroke, Hebert was a four-time first-team all-conference swimmer at Whitewater High School. The two-time team captain was also twice named the team's MVP and its most dedicated swimmer. A three-time school record-holder, Hebert qualified for the state meet in the breaststroke, 200 individual medlay and in two relays all four years of her swimming career.

Assistant Coach Nancy LaRocque
"Callie comes to us from a championship swimming background. When we are recruiting freshman walk-ons, we love finding strong swimmers as they tend to pick up the rowing stroke fairly quick and already have a great feel and familiarity with the water. We will look to Callie to pull strong leadership qualities from her high school athletic experience for this freshman class."

Katherine Pickup, Alexandria, Va. (Old Dominion Boat Club/TC Williams High School)
An experienced rower, Pickup has been in the water since the summer before eighth grade. This past fall, she rowed with the Old Dominion Boat Club's first eight under coach Jaime Rubini and captured titles at the Head of the Potomac, the Occoquan Challenge and the Head of the Occoquan. This past summer she rowed a single for Alexandria Community Rowing under Nick Johnson.

As a frosh, Pickup rowed with ODBC's second eight and won the Stotesbury Cup, placed second at the VASRA Championship, third at SRAA Nationals and second at CSSRA Nationals in Canada. As a sophomore she made the top eight and placed third at CSSRA Nationals under coach Mercedes Kiss. In addition to rowing, Pickup joined the TC Williams High School boys ice hockey team and is a recreational boxer.

Wisconsin head coach Bebe Bryans
"Katie is an extremely competitive racer with great experience on the water.  We are really looking forward to adding her leadership to Badger boats."

Pickup on Wisconsin
"I am so excited to be a part of a class that is ready to take Wisconsin rowing to the next level of racing and competition!  I am really looking forward to contributing to a class of rowers who support each other athletically and academically throughout and beyond college."

Kate Stolar, Chicago (Lincoln Park/Chicago Rowing Foundation/Jones College Prep High School)
Stolar is in her fourth year coxing under the direction of coach Mike Wallin. She coxed the varsity four to a second-place finish in the state and a fifth-place result at the Midwest championships. She was also part of the course record-holding crew in the varsity four at the Tough Cup.

Wisconsin assistant coach Megan Cooke Carcagno
"Kate's wanted to be a Badger since childhood, and we couldn't be happier that she'll get her wish. She's smart, dedicated and passionate about being the best she can be every single practice. Her coxing skills, along with her Wisconsin enthusiasm, will make us a better team."

Catherine Thompson, Greensboro, N.C. (High Point Rowing Club/Grimsley High School)
Thompson took third in the single sculls at the 2013 Head of the Hooch

Wisconsin assistant coach Megan Cooke Carcagno
"Catherine's intelligence and maturity is noticeable and will make her the perfect role model on the team. She will be a solid contributor to the class as well as a great student for the University. We are so excited to see how far Catherine can go over the next four years."

Megan Whitehouse, Muskego, Wis. (Mukwanago High School)
Whitehouse is a three-sport athlete who competes in volleyball, basketball and track at Mukwanago High School. On the track, she races the 400 meters, mile, 800 meters and the 3200-meter relay. Her rowing experience includes two camps in the summers of 2012 and 2013.

Wisconsin assistant coach Nancy LaRocque
"Following in the footsteps of her older sister and varsity stroke Monica, we know Megan has the genes when it comes to athletic prowess. The banter has already started between these two; as Monica is setting her sights on graduation, Megan is setting her sights on knocking down some of her sister's records. We are really excited to have another member of the Whitehouse family join us. One thing we know for sure is that she shares her sister's competitive drive, and I am excited to work with her!"

Gabrielle Simons, Oconomowoc, Wis. (Lake Country Lutheran High School)
New to rowing, Simons is no stranger to competition as a three-sport athlete. A two-year captain in volleyball, she was named all-conference honorable mention. Also a two-year captain for her softball team, she was conference player of the year, a two-time first-team all-conference player and a second-team all-conference honoree. In addition to winning her basketball team's most-improved player award, she played one season of soccer, winning a state championship.

Wisconsin assistant coach Nancy LaRocque
"Gabby is another Wisconsin native with a heavy high school athletic background. As a valuable member of her volleyball, softball, and basketball teams Gabby certainly has the dedication and drive components down when it comes to athletics.

"She also came to one of our summer camps and was the fastest camper at the end of the week. She has a great athletic build which we are excited to see transition into some big pressure at the end of her oar! She shows a ton of promise and is sure to be an asset over the next for years."

Rosie Brezynski, Seattle (Holy Names Academy)
Brezynski is a four-year coxswain for Holy Names Academy, where she was coached by Caitlin McClain. Career highlights include coxing the HNA lightweight eight in the spring of 2013 and finishing undefeated in the Northwest, which led to a sixth-place finish in Junior Nationals in Tennessee.

Wisconsin assistant coach Megan Cooke Carcagno
"As a high school boys coxswain, Rosie will be a fantastic addition to our coxing corp. She's a great student and eager to make the transition into collegiate rowing. Coming from Seattle, a rowing mecca, her vast experience and exposure to the sport will excite everyone around her. When Rosie sets foot in a boat, she expects to win; men or women, lights or opens."

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