Tulsa Rowing Signs Seven for 2012
Nov. 22, 2011
Tulsa, Okla. - The University of Tulsa rowing team added seven athletes, including six open weight rowers and a coxswain, to its 2012 roster during the November signing period, as announced today by Head Coach Kevin Harris. The rowers include Alana Bobka (Aurora, Colo.), Emily Farrar (Pittsford, N.Y.), Ashley Lane (Olympia, Wash.), Angela Matel (Milwaukee, Wisc.), Kaity Swinford (Austin, Texas), and Samantha Tober (Ontario, Canada), while the coxswain is Helen "Lennie" Char (Saratoga, Calif.).
"I am really looking forward to having these young women on campus next fall," Harris said. "Our assistant coaches Rodney Mott and Taurii Coyne did an excellent job identifying and recruiting these student-athletes. They are smart, athletic and mature which is going to enrich our already talented team. We lose 17 seniors to graduation in 2012, so it is nice to see that we have a group of women coming in to help continue building on the successes the current seniors have had at TU."
Alana Bobka (Aurora, Colo.)
Why Tulsa?: "I loved the coaching staff as well as the chemistry within the team."
Lennie Char (Saratoga HS, Saratoga, Calif.)
Why Tulsa?: "The TU Rowing team's community and optimism about their success in the future."
Emily Farrar (Homeschooled, Pittsford, N.Y.)
Why Tulsa?: "I wanted a small Division I school, one where I wouldn't feel like "just another student. The team was very nice and welcoming like a family, and everything felt right."
Ashley Lane (Olympia HS, Olympia, Wash.)
Lane is an accomplished rower for Olympia Area Rowing, which is coached by Kirsten Flynn. In 2011, Lane rowed in OAR's Double that earned silver at the USRA Northwest Youth Rowing Championships. She then rowed at the Youth National Championships finishing fifth just behind current TU freshman Missy Urquhart in the Double Sculls. She is also an accomplished outdoorswoman. In the summer of 2011, she spent time in the Alaska's Denali National Forest working for the Park Service repairing trails and has recently hiked all 100 miles of the Wonderland Trail. Lane will study environmental science at Tulsa.
Angela Matel (Greendale HS, Greendale, Wis.)
Why Tulsa?: "The team is looking to move up, which I love because I always have my mind set on becoming better."
Kaity Swinford (Austin HS, Austin, Texas)
Why Tulsa: "It felt like the right place for me. I visited a lot of schools but Tulsa is where I felt like I belonged. I just really wanted to be a part of that team."
Samantha Tober (E.L. Crossley HS, Welland, Ontario, Canada) Tober is an accomplished Canadian rower for E.L. Crossley High School and the South Niagara Rowing Club, where she is coached by John Ruscitti and Pat McNally. Tober had an outstanding 2011 spring season at E.L. Crossley where her Varsity 4+ won the triple crown of scholastic racing in North America. In a four week time period last May and June, her Four won the Stotesbury Cup in Philadelphia, the U.S. Scholastic Rowing Association Championships in Saratoga, N.Y., and the Canadian Scholastic Rowing Championships in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. She also earned a silver medal in the Quadruple Sculls at the Canadian Scholastics. Most recently her crew finished fourth in a field of 76 entries at the Head of the Charles and fourth of 80 entries at the Head of the Hooch Regatta. Tober will study accounting at Tulsa.
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