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Tulsa Rowing Signs Nine for 2013

Tulsa Rowing Head Coach Kevin Harris announced the signing of seven rowers and two coxswains.
Tulsa Rowing Head Coach Kevin Harris announced the signing of seven rowers and two coxswains.
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Dec. 3, 2012

Tulsa, Okla. - Tulsa Rowing Head Coach Kevin Harris announced the signing of seven rowers and two coxswains during the recent National

Letter-of-Intent signing period. Anna Cannone, Adrianna Catalanotto, Maria Gearing, Rory Graham, Brittany Hatt, Janelle Payne, Victoria Richter, Lauren Turner and Marcia Vidaurri will row at Tulsa starting in Fall of 2013.

"This is a really great group of women," Harris said. "They all come from great programs and bring something unique to Tulsa. Coach Coyne and Coach Mott did a great job of identifying athletes who will make Tulsa faster. The recruits are all smart, athletic and personable. I am really looking forward to coaching them for the next four years." Anna Cannone (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) is a coxswain for Egg Harbor Township High School and is coached by Dan Welsh. She has been a part of both the boys and girls programs at EHTHS coxing boats for both crews over her three-year career. Cannone has raced at many of the rowing events in the Mid-Atlantic Region including the Stotesbury Cup, New Jersey Championships and Philadelphia City Championships. Most recently she coxed for the Boys Varsity 8+ at EHTHS during the fall season. She will study biology with a pre-medical emphasis at Tulsa.

Why Tulsa?

"I chose to sign to Tulsa because I fell in love with the atmosphere of the school and the family feel of the rowing team. I believe I will fit in well there, and I am extremely excited to be an athlete at The University of Tulsa."

Adrianna Catalanotto (Northport, N.Y.) is a rower and team captain for the Sagamore Rowing Club in Oyster Bay, N.Y., where she is coached by Troy Smith and Amadeusz Pietrzak. She attends Northport High School. Catalanotto is a very experienced rower who raced in the Youth Single at the Head of the Charles in 2011.

In 2012, she had success at the New York State Championships competing in the Pair and Double events, finishing third in both events. She also competed at the Cooper Cup, Schuylkill Navy Regatta and the Royal Canadian Henley. This fall, she finished third at the Head of the Schuylkill in the Junior Women's Quad. Catalanotto will study business at The University of Tulsa and she will also join her sister, current freshman rower Marissa Catalanotto, on the TU team.

Why Tulsa?

"I decided to attend The University of Tulsa because when I first met Coach Harris he was warm and welcoming from the outset. He made me feel extremely comfortable as if I were a part of the team right from the beginning. The close sense of community amongst the teammates is also important to me. I feel that TU will be the right fit for me both academically and athletically."

Maria Gearing (Fonthill, Ontario, Canada) is a multisport athlete competing in hockey, basketball and rowing for E.L. Crossley Secondary School. She has been coached by Pat MacNally and John Ruscitti to multiple wins in many events. Gearing has had an impressive string of victories at the Canadian Scholastic Championships, winning three gold medals and a silver in the last two years. One of her 2012 highlights was winning the Junior 4+ event at the Stotesbury Cup in Philadelphia, Pa., the largest scholastic regatta in North America by participation. She also helped E.L. Crossley win the overall points trophy at the Canadian Scholastic Championships. Gearing will join former teammate, freshman Sam Tober, at Tulsa.

Why Tulsa? "When I got home from my recruiting trip I told my family, `This is the school I am meant to go to.' Tulsa is my perfect fit! It is a competitive team, which I love and I believe in the potential of the girls. I also believe that as an individual I will grow here and that Coach Harris will help me and the rest of the team be the best that we can be!"

Rory Graham (Parker, Colo.) is a student at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colo., and is a rower for the Mile High Rowing Club. She is coached by Grace Malacrida and is one of the current captains of her

team. Graham has had a distinguished career at Mile High, rowing in regattas all throughout the Midwest. Her teams have placed highly at the Head of the Oklahoma, Wichita Frostbite and Route 66 Regattas. Most

recently she rowed with her teammates to a top finish in the USRA Central District Youth 4, which qualified her team for the Youth National Championship and finished sixth in the nation. Graham will join a former teammate and current freshman rower, Alana Bobka, at TU.

Why Tulsa?

"I loved the team slogan `One Goal, One Team, One Family'. It really spoke to me and the type of team I want in college. I loved the size of the school and the quality of the academics and athletics. It fit perfectly and I can't wait to be a Golden Hurricane!

Brittany Hatt (Raleigh, N.C.) attends Raleigh Charter School where she has been a competitive swimmer. Hatt has won two North Carolina State Championships in swimming during her high school career. She also rows for the Triangle Rowing Club where she has competed in many regattas including the 2012 Head of the Charles. This fall her team won a gold medal at the Tail of the Tiger Regatta in the Women's Quad. Hatt

has attended the Southeast Juniors Development Camp for the past two years, where she was coached by Skye Elliot competing in 8's, 4's, and 2's. She has a desire to study biology with a pre-medical emphasis while at TU.

Why Tulsa? "I ended up choosing The University of Tulsa for many reasons. The second I stepped foot on campus, I felt like I was at home. The campus is beautiful and small, which is exactly what I wanted. I love the environment of the

classes; with the small size comes a better relationship with the professor. I felt like I fit right in almost immediately because the people at TU are genuinely nice and care about each other, and I want to be a part of that."

Janelle Payne (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada) attends and competes for St. Francis Catholic Secondary School, where she is coached by Kevin Koch and Greg Smith. During the summer, she also competes for the St.

Catharines Rowing Club and is coached by Kathy Boyes. Payne has had a distinguished career scholastically. She has been in the finals at the Canadian Scholastic Championships in both the Senior Women's 8+ (2011) and the Junior Women's Single (2012). She also has won medals in both the Senior and Junior Women's Four at that event. While Rowing for the SCRC in 2011, her team earned a third-place finish in the U-17 Quadruple Sculls at the Royal Canadian Henley. In 2012, Payne and her SCRC teammates won the U-19 Quadruple Sculls, Four and Eight at the Ontario Championships. She also rowed in the U-19 Eight that finished second at the Canadian Henley. Payne will join former SCRC teammate and current junior rower, Carly Schmidt, at TU. She intends on pursuing a degree in biology.

Why Tulsa?

"I chose Tulsa because over all the places I visited, this is where I felt most comfortable. Everything from the coaches, students, teachers and even the rooms exceeded my expectations. I want to spend the next four years at a place where I can grow, have fun and ultimately accomplish all my goals. I am confident Tulsa can offer me just this and I cannot wait for my journey to begin."

Victoria Richter (Tulsa, Okla.) attends Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa. She competes for the Tulsa Rowing Club Juniors and is coached by Neil Bergenroth, Micah Hartwell and Arielle Tillou. Richter has been a true competitor for TRC and is the current team captain. She has competed in regattas throughout the Midwest including the Head of the Oklahoma, Pumpkinhead and the Route 66 Regattas. In 2012, Richter rowed in a Varsity 4+ that earned a bronze at the USRA Central District Championships qualifying her boat for the Youth National Championships. Her boat went on to finish ninth in nation. She will join former TRC teammate and current sophomore rower, Amy Richardson, at TU.

Why Tulsa? "I have been looking for a college that would fulfill both my academic and athletic interests, and TU is the perfect match for me. I fell in love with the rowing team's atmosphere and TU's challenging curriculum. I am very grateful for having this opportunity and I am ready to grow stronger together with the team and as an individual."

Lauren Turner (Absecon, N.J.) attends and competes for Holy Spirit High School where she is coached by Joe Welsh. She is also a cheerleader for HSHS. Turner has rowed for four years at Holy Spirit, winning many

medals in the traditional Mid-Atlantic scholastic circuit. In 2012, she rowed in Spirit's 2nd 8+, winning the Philadelphia City Championships and Garden State Championships. She also finished second in both the Stotesbury Cup and US Scholastic National Regatta. She will join former Holy Spirit teammate and current TU senior co-captain, Megan Fitzpatrick, at Tulsa.

Why Tulsa? "The atmosphere. The rowers are so nice and it was where I felt like I belonged."

Marcia Vidaurri (Miami, Fla.) is a student at Palmetto Senior High School and rows for the Miami Rowing Club, where she is coached by Cesar Herrera. Vidaurri has had a great career at the Miami Rowing Club, moving between the women's and men's boats over the last three years. She has competed well in the Florida State Scholastic Championships and the Southeast Regional. Vidaurri coxed the MRC Boys Lightweight 4+

to the C-Final at the USRA Youth National Championship last June. Most recently, her boats won two gold and two silver medals at the Head of the Hooch Regatta in Tennessee. She won gold steering the MRC Boys Varsity 4+ and Lightweight 8+ through as many as 75 competitors.

Why Tulsa?

"I chose to sign with Tulsa because I couldn't think of one negative thing to say about the school. It has everything I'm looking for, good academics and a competitive rowing team with an awesome team atmosphere. I can't wait to be a part of it all."



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