Georgetown Women's Rowing Announces Incoming Freshman Class

June 3, 2014

WASHINGTON – Georgetown Head Coach Miranda Paris has announced the 11-member incoming class of 2018, set to join the women’s rowing program this fall. The class consists of seven openweight and four lightweight rowers hailing from five different states and one Canadian.

"We are so excited to welcome this incoming class!” Paris said. “They are a talented group of student-athletes, but most important, they represent the kind of character and values we know will continue to grow this culture of success at Georgetown. The team and the coaches cannot wait to begin working together in September."

Grace Benson
5-7 | Lightweight
Oakland, Calif. | Oakland Strokes

Benson first began rowing in the 2012-2013 season, earning a spot in the National Champion Oakland Strokes lightweight eight as a novice. This past year she enrolled in Culinary School and continued to train with Oakland Strokes.

Paris on Benson: “I was really impressed by her raw athletic ability and her boat skills even as a first-year rower. We are looking forward to having her maturity and tenacious spirit on our team next year.”

Natalie Clark
5-9 | Openweight
Wilton, Conn. | Saugatuck Rowing Club

Clark is having another strong season for the Saugutuck Rowing Club, including a fourth-place finish at the 2013 Head of the Charles regatta as well as top finishes at Youth Nationals.  

Paris on Clark: “Natalie is a racer and we have been impressed with her development over the past two years. We are very much looking forward to having her on the team.”

Allie Garceau
5-8 | Lightweight
Exeter, N.H. | Phillips Exeter Academy

Garceau will join her Phillips Exeter teammate Jelena Pesa on Georgetown’s lightweight squad. While Exeter does not have a lightweight program, Garceau has proven herself as a boat mover, having not lost a race over the course of her high school career.

Paris on Garceau: “Due to her hard work, Allie had a tremendous race record when we started recruiting her. Undefeated is something that stands out over the course of three years. However, it was her humility about that fact that really interested us. She immediately gelled with our team and was a great fit right from the start.”

Sophie Kershaw
5-10 | Lightweight
El Dorado Hills, Calif. | Capital Rowing Club

Kershaw is a strong athlete who has consistently been a top performer for the Capital Crew lightweight program.  In 2013 she earned a silver medal in the lightweight four at youth nationals.

Paris on Kershaw: “Sophie is a very self-aware, mature athlete. We are so excited to have her on the team as both a person and an athlete.”  

Emily Marshall
5-5 | Lightweight
Toronto, Canada | Branksome Hall

Marshall brings a wealth of experience to the Georgetown women’s lightweight program.  A standout rower at Branksome Hall, she has helped her team to top finishes at the Canadian Henley and Canadian Secondary School Championships.

Paris on Marshall: “Driven and determined are the two words I would use to describe Emily. She works incredibly hard and makes everyone around her better as a result.”

Eberle Miller
5-11 | Openweight
Culver, Ind. | Culver Academy

Miller is a strong, talented athlete who was also getting recruited for swimming at the DI level.  

Paris on Miller: “We really felt a strong connection with Eberle. Her athletic background, attitude and character will be a great asset to her teammates next year.”  

Sabine Neschke
5-9 | Openweight
Still River, Mass. | The Kent School [Conn.]

Sabine is a strong multisport athlete and has helped the Kent Varsity Eight to a second-place finish at the 2014 New England Interscholastic Rowing Association (NEIRA) Championships.

Paris on Neschke: “We were impressed with her rhythm and her ability to make a boat more dynamic.  Sabine is a no-nonsense worker and her determination and character really made her stand out as a person.”

Emily Paciulla
6-0 | Openweight
Davis, Calif. | River City Rowing Club

Paciulla comes to Georgetown highly recommended by current USRowing Development Coach Trisha Blocher, who currently coaches Paciulla at River City Rowing Club.

Paris on Paciulla: “Emily has a ton of potential and an incredibly positive and excited attitude toward working hard. We felt that her personality and her progression as a rower were a good fit for our growing team.”

Jelena Pesa
5-10 | Openweight
Darien, Conn. | Phillips Exeter Academy

A strong and committed athlete, Pesa helped Exeter make the top four at the Head of the Charles in the fall of 2013.

Paris on Pesa: “Jelena has great passion for rowing.  She trains hard and has a great work ethic. We are looking forward to seeing her develop further next year.”

Lauren Semerjian
6-0 | Openweight
Berwyn, Pa. | The Shipley School

Semerjian stroked the top four boat for the past two spring seasons at Shipley.

Paris on Semerjian: “She is a tenacious racer and will be a strong contributor to the class of 2018.”  

Beth Weinrich
5-2 | Openweight
Willow Grove, Pa. | Mount St. Joseph’s Academy

Weinrich comes from a family who has a strong history with coxing.  A number of family member have been coxswains at other top universities, including her brother who is at the University of Pennsylvania.

Paris on Weinrich: “We felt Beth had an assertive tone in the boat that really stood out to us; she’s clearly a leader. We felt like it was a great fit all around.”



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