Women's Rowing

Women's Rowing Adds 12 to Roster from the Class of 2020

May 25, 2016

WASHINGTON - Georgetown Women's Rowing Head Coach Stephen Full has announced that 12 members of the Georgetown Class of 2020 will join the women's rowing program. The 12 student-athletes will begin rowing with the Hoyas this upcoming fall.

"This is a very talented group with a great work ethic," Full said. "I feel very strongly that this group of incoming freshman will push everyone on our team helping us reach our end of the year goals in 2017."

Claire Brito
5-6 | Tabor Academy (Mass.)

Why Brito chose Georgetown: "The evident passion Hoyas bring to all they do, both in the classroom and on the water, is what made the school feel like the perfect fit. I'm excited for the opportunity to grow and challenge myself within a supportive team environment."

Coach Full on Brito: "Claire is a strong athlete, who happens to be a coxswain. She has a great mindset for coxing which comes from her strong cross country background. Claire has a good skill base underneath her as a coxswain and I can only see her improving in the months and years to come here at Georgetown."

Grace Calavan
5-11 | Stanton River Bank (Fla.)

Why Calavan chose Georgetown: "I chose Georgetown because of the long standing tradition of excellence in academics and athletics. I made my decision after visiting and experiencing the cohesiveness of the team. I am looking forward to being a part of the close-knit community and contributing both in the classroom and on the water. I am excited to grow under the excellent professors and coaches at Georgetown."

Coach Full on Calavan: "Grace is a strong, versatile athlete. One of the qualities that makes Grace a great rower is her ability to appreciate the process of improvement, the same way she appreciates the racing component of rowing. We very much look forward to having her attitude and athleticism with us next year."

Grace Donabedian
5-9 | Essex Rowing Club (Mass.)

Why Donabedian chose Georgetown: "I chose Georgetown because of the incredible academic tradition, internship opportunities and international presence the university has to offer. In our nation's capital, the possibilities for exploration and education are endless. I am looking forward to competing and challenging myself physically, alongside great teammates and dedicated coaches. I have dreamed of rowing at the collegiate level and I'm so excited about doing so as a Hoya."

Coach Full on Donabedian: "Grace has a well-rounded stroke, and the ability to row both sides very effectively. This aspect of her stroke is directly related to her well-rounded personality. Not only is she an excellent rower, her versatility is displayed on other athletic platforms as well as in her academics."

Cait Hagan
5-11 | Mount St. Joseph Academy (Pa.)

Why Hagan chose Georgetown: "I chose Georgetown because I knew that the school and the team will help develop me as a student, an athlete and a person. I am beyond excited to become part of such a competitive and dynamic team for the next four years. I can't wait to be able to contribute to the team with my talented teammates and coaches."

Coach Full on Hagan: "Cait is a strong athlete who worked really hard to improve her rowing skill set over the last year and a half. When we recruited her, we could see her potential as a long term boat mover for the Hoyas. What really stuck out to me about Cait was the level of humility and appreciation she had for her experiences thus far as a person, as well as an athlete. We were really impressed with her as a person and believe she will fit in very well with the current team dynamic."

Alex Harron
5-2 | Chicago Rowing Foundation (Ill.)

Why Harron chose Georgetown: "What's not to love about Georgetown? It is a truly unique university that combines excellent academics, competitive athletics, inspiring faculty and passionate students who are dedicated to serving and improving the world."

Coach Full on Harron: "Alex has a great head on her shoulders. She spent a lot of time in the second boat learning from good coaches and good coxswains before her. She has a great skill set and a burning desire to better her team."

Isabella Hershey
5-11 | Oakland Strokes (Calif.)

Why Hershey chose Georgetown: "I chose Georgetown because of the infinite amount of possibilities for me to explore. I will have so many opportunities learning in such a rigorous academic environment while also rowing on a competitive team. I can't wait to be part of such an enriching rowing program with both great teammates and great coaching. I'm beyond excited to pursue all of these things in a city as spirited as Washington, D.C."

Coach Full on Hershey: "We are very excited to have Bella join the Hoya rowing family. She is a hard worker and has made a lot of improvements this year, on and off the water. I believe Bella will continue to grow, and will make an impact on the team in the near future and in the years to come."

Anna Kemmerer
5-6 | NorCal Crew (Calif.)

Why Kemmerer chose Georgetown: "I chose Georgetown because of the lightweight rowing program, amazing academics and the beautiful location. I know that Georgetown will allow me to push myself both academically and physically, something that I am greatly looking forward to. I am also super excited about meeting the team and spending time exploring D.C. and all of the history associated with the city."

Coach Full on Kemmerer: "Despite being relatively new to the sport, Anna was voted captain after only one year of rowing. She has a great work ethic and a lot of natural ability. Anna has already made significant improvement this year, and she will be a great addition to our lightweight team."

Caroline O'Brien
6-0 | Saugatuck Rowing Club (Conn.)

Why C. O'Brien chose Georgetown: "I'm really looking forward to attending Georgetown University because of the opportunities that it will provide me to succeed academically and personally. I'm also excited to contribute and grow athletically with the great group of rowers on the team. I can't wait to be a part of the Georgetown community and exploring Washington D.C."

Coach Full on C. O'Brien: "Caroline has been a force over the last two years with Saugatuck Rowing, stroking multiple boats to wins and top national finishes in the lightweight and openweight categories. She will be a welcome addition to the lightweight program as they take a step forward on the national scene."

Elisabeth O'Brien
6-0 | Saugatuck Rowing Club (Conn.)

Why E. O'Brien chose Georgetown: "I am looking forward to continuing my academic as well as rowing career at Georgetown because of the unique opportunities and experiences that are present while living in the nation's capital. My sister and I are also excited to continue as the third generation of O'Briens rowing for Georgetown."

Coach Full on E. O'Brien: "Elisabeth has been quite the force at Saugatuck Rowing. She is often paired with her sister, and together they lead the team to top finishes in the lightweight 8+ and open events. Elisabeth is a tall, skilled and powerful rower who will be a great addition to our program and will certainly help push us towards our goals at the IRA championship."

Chloe Schalit
5-9 | Berkeley High Crew (Calif.)

Why Schalit chose Georgetown: "I am very excited to be joining the Georgetown family. The combination of its perfect location in the heart of Washington, D.C., its focus on serving others while educating the whole person and the amazing rowing program is exactly what I am looking for in a school."

Coach Full on Schalit: "Chloe has a great mindset for rowing. She is patient and knows how to work very hard. I loved watching her race at Youth Nationals her junior year and seeing how well she moved the boat in a tough field. I look forward to having her with us this coming fall."

Millicent Spencer
5-11 | St. Andrew's School (Del.)

Why Spencer chose Georgetown: "I chose Georgetown because I feel as though it will allow me to feel at home and comfortable, but will also push my boundaries academically, athletically and socially. After attending a boarding school in rural Delaware for four years, I look forward to all that the campus and Washington have to offer."

Coach Full on Spencer: "Millie is a strong athlete with a great personality. Her overall attitude and willingness to improve were the major elements that we were looking at in Millie. It is not often you get such glowing recommendations from a coach regarding an athlete's coachability, and that went a really long way with us and what we think Millie can do in the future."

Mara Sylvia
5-10 | St. Ignatius College Prep Crew (Calif.)

Why Sylvia chose Georgetown: "I am so excited to attend Georgetown because, coming from California, it will be a totally new environment for me where I will meet people from all over the world, learn from some of the best professors in the country and experience the snow. Not only will I have the opportunity to study at an amazing university, but I will also be able to learn in an atmosphere rich with history and new ideas. I like that Georgetown offers me the ability to grow through both challenging academics and competitive rowing."

Coach Full on Sylvia: "Mara has a very smooth stroke and a natural ability to feel the boat. She has great leadership qualities and knows how to take initiative. We are very much looking forward to what Mara will contribute to this overall talented class."

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