July 18, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Women's Rowing Head Coach Miranda Paris has announced the program's 12 student-athlete recruiting class, including seven openweights and five lightweights that will headline its Class of 2017.
The incoming student-athletes will help Georgetown as it transitions into its first year of competition as an associate member of the Patriot League in 2013-14.
"We are looking forward to our next season with the addition of some talented athletes and incredible people to a team with a strong culture and hunger to improve," Paris said. "There is a balance of experience, potential, height and power with this recruiting class. As our team develops, grows and works towards our goal of being competitive at the NCAA Championship level, the class of 2017 will certainly make an impact on that journey. Most important, the quality of character of our incoming athletes fits the culture we've established and makes them a great fit as they join the Hoya family."
Pleased with the Hoyas incoming class, Paris is quick to point out the hard work of her staff, including assistant Steve Full in the recruiting process.
"I am so thankful to have Steve Full as my assistant coach," Paris said. "Steve's incredible work ethic, determination and persistence has been key in supporting the vision for Georgetown women's rowing. He has enthusiastically and tirelessly identified, recruited and developed relationships with the right kind of athlete for our team. We absolutely would not be improving as a squad without Steve's commitment and work in this area."
Openweights (with quotes from Miranda Paris):
Christina Johnson (5-11): Christina stood out in a great program as a competitor and a worker who is consistently cool under pressure. She is incredibly versatile as a rower and a proven winner, having rowed, raced and won in every boat class from the single to the eight, as well as being able to row both sides. Christina most recently won Junior Trials in the Women's Single and will represent the USA at Junior World Championships in Trakai, Lithuania, from August 7-11, 2013.
Margaret Dunne (6-1): Margaret is incredibly determined. Whenever we have seen her row, Margaret's focus and her will to make the boat move is extremely evident. Her determination to improve made her a great fit for our program. She is a very coachable athlete with radiant positive energy. We look forward to coaching Margaret next fall.
Jordan Johnson (5-10): Jordan originally comes from a hockey background. Although an injury sustained from hockey prevented her from rowing last spring season, we were so impressed with her level of drive to improve herself and her teammates that we felt she was exactly the type of athlete we were looking for in our program. Jordan has great potential and we are excited to help her achieve that.
Georgia Williams (5-1): What really impressed us about Georgia is her ability to innovate from the coxswain's seat. Georgia takes a very active approach her in her coxing and her willingness to get the most out of her crew extends far beyond the boat. We are confident Georgia will be a positive influence on all those around her next year.
Emma Thompson (6-0): Emma learned to row last summer and fell in love with the sport. She has a diversified background in athletics including cross-fit and track. Although she is new to the sport and does not a have a team at home, it is evident that she loves to push herself hard and have fun in the process. We are excited to see Emma develop with more strokes under her belt next year.
Hanna Christoffersen (5-8): Hanna has been the staple of rhythm for her Bainbridge Island team. She consistently sits in stroke seat in whatever boat she is in and those boats consistently perform. We are looking forward to having Hanna's quality work ethic and stroke on our team.
Victoria Carroll (5-11): Victoria was a late addition in our recruiting process but a welcome one. She is an intelligent athlete with a quiet but strong presence about her. Her character and determination to succeed will fit in well with our team, our goals and values. We are looking forward to coaching Victoria and seeing how she grows next fall.
Lightweights (with quotes from Miranda Paris): Susanna Rademacher (5-8): Susanna is a lightweight in an openweight program, but this hasn't stopped her from being a real contributor wherever she is, most recently in the top boat at Andover this past spring. Susanna brings equal amounts of enthusiasm and a desire to succeed to whatever she puts her mind to. We are thrilled that she chose Georgetown and look forward to working with her.
Natalia Kehoane (5-8): Natalia is a competitive athlete who is determined to accomplish any goals she sets for herself. Natalia's done some great work in her rowing career so far and we think she has a great deal of potential to develop even further. Natalia's competitive nature is supported and rounded out by her selfless attitude and her love of the team. We are so excited to have such a great athlete and a team player joining the Hoya rowing family.
Monica Brady (5-4): Monica is extremely passionate about rowing and competing. While she is a quiet presence wherever she goes, she should not be underestimated. As coaches, we believe her work ethic and her "whatever it takes" mentality will continue to push our squad forward and we're excited to have her as a part of the team.
Camilla Spielman (5-6): Camilla has shown great power and strength early on as a newer rower. Having always been highly athletic and competitive, the switch to rowing for Camilla was a good one, and she's shown great promise both in terms of her race results and her production of power on land. We're excited to have Camilla's combination of grounded positive attitude and fierce competitiveness on our team.
Ashley Zimmerman (5-6): Ashley is a goal-oriented, determined and passionate rower with strong boat-moving skills. In the off-season, she swims and plays soccer. We are excited to see how Ashley develops as she commits more of her athletic ability and positive attitude to rowing.