CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - For the second year in a row the women's openweight crew welcomes into the fold more than a full boat's worth of recruited freshmen. The young blood will join the deepest and most talented varsity squad in recent memory, raising hopes of new competitive heights for the squad in the coming season.
Head coach Holly Metcalf is very excited with where the team is heading in her third year: "Aaron Benson has done a fantastic job bringing so many amazing young women to our program. The Class of 2012 brought our team to a new level last year, and the addition of ten new recruits with the Class of 2013 will make us that much stronger this year. All of the incoming rowers possess remarkable qualities both as students and as athletes, and I am eager to work with each of them."
The new recruits hail from every region of the nation:
Lila Fridley (Lakeside School; Seattle, Wash.) - As captain of the girls' crew at Lakeside, Lila stroked the second varsity four this past year. In her junior year she rowed two-seat of the varsity four that placed second at Northwest Regionals and went on to compete at the USRowing Youth National Championship. Her sister Gina just graduated from MIT and was a varsity sailor.
Clare Frigo (Divine Savior Holy Angels High School; Milwaukee, Wis.) - Rowing in the varsity eight for the Milwaukee Rowing Club, Clare placed third at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta and 12th at the Head of the Charles in 2008. In her senior year she rowed bow seat in both the varsity eight and varsity four, which placed 4th and 12th respectively at the Midwest Regionals.
Phoebe Henderson (Classen School of Advanced Studies; Oklahoma City, Okla.) - Phoebe began rowing and sculling for the Chesapeake Boathouse in the summer before her junior year, and by the fall of her senior year she had already won four gold medals, two silver, and a bronze at regional regattas. In September 2008 she was selected as the Fox Scholar Athlete of the Week for the entire Oklahoma City region, and was featured on the local news.
Kathleen Inman (International High School; Indianapolis, Ind.) - As a member of the Indianapolis Rowing Center, Kathleen won the Sheila Cornelius Spirit Award and earned a place on the USRowing Scholastic Honor Roll, as well as the Gryphon Guide Award from the International School. She rowed bow seat of the varsity four this past year, and conducted her International Baccalaureate research project by calculating the drag on three different racing shells at various speeds.
Rebecca Jackson (Charter School of Wilmington; Wilmington, Del.) - Competing for the Wilmington Youth Rowing Association, Rebecca was three-seat of the varsity four as a senior. Her successes over the past two years include: 25th at the Head of the Charles; 1st at the Wilmington, Baltimore, and St. Andrew's regattas; and 2nd at both the Mercer Sprints and the Cooper Cup.
Diana Liskovich (Stuyvesant High School; New York, N.Y.) - An accomplished volleyball player, Diana was in the starting rotation for both Stuyvesant and her club team. Her school team was first in its league and in the top four of New York City. Diana's sister Inessa was a walk-on rower at MIT who served as captain for the crew last year; she graduated this past spring.
Molly Martin (Gloucester High School; Gloucester, Va.) - Rowing and sculling for both her school and the Mobjack Rowing Association, Molly has competed in the top boat since her freshman year. Her successes include a gold medal at the Stotesbury Cup, two silver medals from the Scholastic National Championship, and a gold, silver, and bronze from the Virginia Scholastic Championship.
Jean Sack (Home School; Eureka, Calif.) - A member of the Humboldt Bay Rowing Association since its inception, Jean has been rowing and sculling for five years. In back-to-back years she won the bronze medal in the varsity quad at the Southwest Regionals and went on to compete at the USRowing Youth National Championsip, placing fifth in 2008. Additionally, she won silver at Southwest Regionals this year in the double, and placed sixth in both the single and double in 2008. She was captain for her team and has spent the past summer as an intern at the Craftsbury Sculling Center.
Kathryn Vogel (Shawnee High School; Medford, N.J.) - A former all-state soccer player, Kathryn joined the South Jersey Rowing Club in the summer after her junior year. Only a month after picking up an oar for the first time she won two bronze medals at the Philadelphia Youth Regatta and went on to compete at USRowing Club Nationals. In her senior year she earned the two-seat of the varsity quad and bow seat of the varsity eight for her team.
Shawn Wen (Saint Ignatius College Preparatory; San Francisco, Calif.) -Shawn has been the five-seat of her school's junior varsity eight for the last two years, winning back-to-back bronze medals at the Southwest Regionals. She also played tennis, for which she earned the Ignatian Award for striving toward the goal of "becoming men and women with and for others."