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Tulsa Rowing Signs Eight Lightweights for 2013

Dec. 5, 2012

Kevin Harris, head coach of The University of Tulsa rowing team announced the addition of eight lightweight rowers to the roster, including Lindsay Crute, Abigail Elggren, Stephanie Hendricks, McKenna Jarvis, Mary Kowalchyk, Jessie LeafMeeker, Ellie Rippert and Maile Seto.  Lightweights have been a growing component of Tulsa's competitive team, and are women who compete at a weight of 130 pounds or less. 

"In 2011, we could only boat a Lightweight 4+, so I am really happy to have a good number of quality lightweights coming to Tulsa," Harris said.  "This is a sharp group in terms of their athletic and academic credentials.  They also understand the work ethic that we have and they are excited to row here.  I am really pleased with the work our staff has done to bring these guys in and I am appreciative of their current coaches and programs for supporting TU in recruiting them.  Our lightweights are only getting stronger."











Lindsay Crute (Augusta, Ga.) is a student at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School.  She competes for the Augusta Rowing Club and is coached by Michael Cobb.  Crute made a splash with ARC Lightweight Double in 2012 earning a silver medal at the USRA Southeast Regional and qualifying for the Youth National Championships where her boat finished 16th.  She also competed with Boston's Community Rowing Incorporated under Coach Ethan Curren in the summer of 2012.  While there she rowed at US Club Nationals and the Royal Canadian Henley.  Her boats finished in the finals in the Lightweight 4+ and the Junior A 8+at Club Nationals.  Crute will pursue a chemistry degree at TU.

 

Why Tulsa?

"Because I felt included by the team from the moment I stepped on campus, and I think the lightweight program is headed for great things."











Abigail Elggren (Mercer Is., Wash.) attends Mercer Island High School and competes for the Mount Baker Rowing Club in Seattle.  She is coached by Jenna Garasi and Jason Coffman, the former head coach at Tulsa (2001-02).  Elggren has had success as the stroke of the Lightweight 8+ and Lightweight 4+ at Baker.  She stroked the Mount Baker Crew to eighth and 10th-place finishes at Youth Nationals in 2010 and 2011 in the Lightweight 8+.  In 2012, she stroked Baker's Lightweight 8+ to a win at the Brentwood Regatta and the Open Youth 8+ to a 10th-place finish at Youth Nationals.  Elggren will study chemical engineering with a pre-medical emphasis at Tulsa.

Why Tulsa?

"I chose to sign with The University of Tulsa because I felt so welcomed by the coaching staff and I love the team atmosphere. I enjoyed everything I experienced and I feel so honored to be continuing my education and rowing career as a part of The University of Tulsa community." 











Stephanie Hendricks (Fairfax Station, Va.) is a student at South County High School and is captain of her high school team.  She is coached by Mary King and John Fitzgerald.  Hendricks has been a successful Four's rower at SCHS.  In 2011, her Junior 4+ finished sixth at the Virginia State Championships, and in 2012, she rowed her Junior 4+ to a Virginia State Championship.  Hendricks has also competed at the Scholastic Rowing Association Nationals.  She will study exercise sports science at Tulsa.

Why Tulsa?

"Everyone is so nice, there are a lot of different personalities on the team - anyone could fit in, and the coaches at TU are amazing. The TU rowing team feels like one big family and I can't wait to become a part of it this fall!"











McKenna Jarvis (Laurel Springs, N.J.) is a student at Paul VI High School and has rowed for less than one year at the South Jersey Rowing Club.  She is coached by former TU rower Heather Brooks.  In her short rowing career she has already earned great results, including a sixth-place finish by her Junior A 4+ in the finals at the US Rowing Club Nationals.  This fall Jarvis' boat rowed to fourth-place finishes at both the Navy Day and Head of the Occoquan Regattas, as well as a 10th at the Head of the Schuylkill.

 

Why Tulsa?

"What ultimately led me to choose to sign with The University of Tulsa was the overwhelming sense of family and pride I felt the second I walked onto the campus. Having a coach that was a rower from The University of Tulsa, I had only ever heard stories about what a great place it was. After visiting the campus and meeting the team I couldn't imagine going to school anywhere else, and I knew instantly that that's where I wanted to go. " 











Mary Kowalchyk (Tallahassee, Fla.) is a student at Lawton Chiles High School.  She is a third-year rower for the Capitol City Rowing Club and is coached by Evan Anderson.  In her career at CCR, Kowalchyk has risen steadily to be a mainstay in her team.  In 2011, she rowed a Pair that finished fourth at the Florida State Championships, and so far in 2012 her team has earned first place at the First Coast Head Race and competed at the Head of the Charles in the Youth 8+.  She is team captain for CCR and plans on pursuing a degree in psychology at TU.

 

Why Tulsa?

"I chose to sign with The University of Tulsa because of the acceptance that I felt from the second that I stepped on campus.  Being a 5'3" rower definitely has its disadvantages, but from interacting with the coaches and talking to the other rowers, I felt like this was a place that was going to make me faster regardless of my size, and that was something that I had been searching for in a collegiate lightweight rowing program."











Jessie LeafMeeker (Eugene, Ore.) is a student at South Eugene High School.  She competes for the Oregon Association of Rowers and is coached by Jeff West and Nini Valerio.  LeafMeeker has rowed in regattas all over the Northwest including this fall's Portland Classic and the Head of the Lake where her Varsity 4+ finished first and third, respectively.  Earlier in 2012, she stroked OAR's Lightweight 4+ to a third-place finish at the US Rowing Nationals and earned a bid to the Youth Nationals where they finished 10th.  LeafMeeker will pursue a degree in elementary education at Tulsa.

Why Tulsa?

"I chose to sign with The University of Tulsa because I felt so welcomed by the coaching staff and I love the team atmosphere. I enjoyed everything I experienced and I feel so honored to be continuing my education and rowing career as a part of The University of Tulsa community."











Ellie Rippert (Dover, Mass.) is a multi-sport student-athlete at Dover-Sherborn High School.  She currently rows for Greater Lawrence Rowing and she is coached by Tim Derosiers.  Rippert has also competed for the juniors at Riverside and Vesper Boat Clubs.  Rippert has had success in sweep and sculling boats during her career.   In 2011, while rowing for Riverside, Rippert competed in a Jr. B Quad that finished sixth at the Canadian Henley, and in 2012, she rowed in a Lightweight 4+ for GLR that finished third at the USRA Northeast Regional and 15th at the Youth National Championship.  In summer of 2012, Rippert represented Vesper in junior events at the USRA Club Nationals where her Junior "A" Quad finished third, and this fall she had a successful campaign in the Junior Single finishing first in the New Hampshire Championships and second at the New England High School Championships.  Rippert will study exercise sports science at Tulsa.

 

Why Tulsa?

"I chose Tulsa because of the amazing people and atmosphere, as well as their drive to achieve great things, work hard and be successful."











Maile Seto (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) is a student at St. Francis High School, and is a rower at the Capital Rowing Club in Gold River, Calif. and is coached by Toby Johnson.  Seto has had three successful years on American Lake.  In 2011, she rowed in a Lightweight 4+ that finished third at the Southwest Regional and fourth at the Youth National Championships, and she followed that up by rowing in a Lightweight 8+ that won the 2012 San Diego Crew Classic.  Her boat also earned a second-place finish at both the Southwest Regional and the Youth National Championships, and most recently won the Head of the American Regatta.  Seto will reunite with her sister, current TU freshman Emalia Seto.  Seto will study speech pathology at Tulsa.

 

Why Tulsa?

"I chose The University of Tulsa because I loved the feel of the campus and the rowing program was the right fit for me. The school offers the major that I am interested in pursuing. When I walked onto the campus I fell in love with the brick buildings and the atmosphere of the people around me." 


 

 

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