Tulsa Rowing Adds Eight Additional Athletes to 2012-13 Roster
June 15, 2012
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Head Coach Kevin Harris announced the signing of an additional eight women to The University of Tulsa Women's Rowing Team today, bringing its 2012 signing class of rowers and coxswains to 21. Jerusha Blankenship (Tulsa, Okla.), Madison Crane (Little Rock, Ark.), Lauren Delucchi (Stockton, Calif.), Elizabeth "Betsy" Govig (Phoenix, Ariz.), Elizabeth "Lizzy" Keane (Gloucester, Va.), Kiren Koshal (Surfside, Fla.), Kaitlyn Schneider (Lake View, N.Y.) and Leah Suleski (Buffalo, N.Y.) all signed during the spring signing period and will be attending Tulsa in the fall of 2012.
"This is a unique group of women who bring a lot of different talents to our rowing team," Harris said. "Even though they have different levels of experience, they all bring athleticism and a commitment to Tulsa that is impressive. I'm glad that so many of these women see the value in what we are doing and have committed to help make us faster. We are looking forward to the speed they will help create on our team."
Why Tulsa?: "I always have looked forward to carrying on the Blankenship athletic tradition at TU and the rowing team gives me that opportunity. I instantly loved the dynamic of the team and the staff, and am excited to be a part of it."
Why Tulsa?: "When I visited TU I loved it so much, everyone was friendly and I felt like I belonged."
Lauren Delucchi (St Mary's HS, Stockton, Calif.) is a two-year rower for Stockton Rowing Club, where she is coached by Leslie Sexton, and is a swimmer for St. Mary's High School. Delucchi has rowed in quite a few local regattas in California, and is also an accomplished high school and open water swimmer. Her swim team at St. Mary's was the league champion in 2012 and she finished first in her age group at the Santa Cruz Rough Water Swim. She will study philosophy at Tulsa.
Betsy Govig (Xavier College Prep, Phoenix, Ariz.) is a four-year coxswain for Xavier Prep in Phoenix, Ariz., and is coached by Kelly Vanek and Dana Ryan. Govig has had a very successful career at Xavier winning state championships in three of her four years on Tempe Town Lake. This spring, Betsy steered an impressive race at the USRA Southwest Junior Regional Championship where her Varsity 4+ finished third, qualifying the boat for Xavier's first trip to the Youth National Championships, where her team finished fifth in the C-Final. Govig will study economics at Tulsa.
Why Tulsa?: "I choose Tulsa because I felt at home there. Everyone is so warm and welcoming and I feel as if I have a real family there."
Why Tulsa?": "I fell in love with the team's camaraderie and dedication to rowing."
Why Tulsa?: "From my visit, I knew almost instantly that The University of Tulsa is the place for me and that I really wanted to attend."
Why Tulsa?: "I love the passion that the athletes and coaches share for the sport and competing."
Why Tulsa?: "The whole team atmosphere. Everyone made me feel like a part of it, like they wanted me there."
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