Nov. 21, 2002
Los Angeles - The UCLA women's rowing team has signed six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, head coach Amy Fuller announced today. Christina Briggs, Hannah Hartman, Margaret Hoffecker, Anna Lindel, Megan McQuown, and Kirsten Moore will start at UCLA in the fall of 2003.
Christina Briggs, from Greenwich, CT (Greenwich HS), currently rows individually on the Mianus River in Connecticut. She has the fastest ergometer score out of this group. Briggs previously rowed for the Saugatuck River Rowing Club and the Norwalk River Rowing Club. In addition, Briggs has received many academic accolades and has spent summers studying at Oxford and Harvard. She can speak four languages: English, Norwegian, Spanish, and Swedish.
Hannah Hartman, from Tiburon, CA (Tamalpais HS), rows for Marin Rowing Association, where she won a gold medal at the 2002 Southwest Region Junior Rowing Championships. Hartman joins current Bruin team members Anja Wanberg and Emma Winder also from Marin.
Margaret Hoffecker, from Arlington, VA, is a coxswain at St. Andrew's School in Middletown, DE. During the summer, she coxes for Water Street Rowing of Washington, DC. In 2002, Hoffecker coxed the women's senior eight to second place in the New Jersey State Championships and second place in the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. In 2001, she coxed the women's junior eight to second at the New Jersey State Championships, first at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, and first at Scholastic Nationals.
Anna Lindel, from Cambridge, MA, recently moved to Danbury, CT. Lindel previously attended and rowed at Winsor School in Boston. She currently attends and rows at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT. Lindel is a four-year letterwinner in rowing and swimming, and at Choate Rosemary Hall, she was also a swimming and diving captain. Lindel, a Dean's list student, will join current Bruin team member Heather McCluskey also from Choate Rosemary Hall.
Megan McQuown, from San Diego, CA (University City HS), is a coxswain for the San Diego Rowing Club (SDRC). She is the top coxswain at SDRC for the second consecutive year. McQuown has had many successes in fall head races, including a victory at the Head of the Oakland Estuary. McQuown will join Bruin team member Liz Pallas-Jacobs also from SDRC.
Kirsten Moore, from San Francisco, CA (Lowell HS), rows for Pacific Rowing Club. Moore posts good erg scores and possesses the versatility to row both starboard and port.
"We are very pleased with the results of our recruiting efforts so far this year and our six early signees," stated head coach Amy Fuller. "We continue to attract some of the best members of the top California junior programs and we are starting to see a stronger interest in UCLA rowing from throughout the country.
This fall marks our first recruited scholarship coxswains, and everybody in the rowing world knows how important good coxswains are to a crew. This year's recruiting class marks another big step forward as we work toward our ultimate goal of qualifying the team for the NCAA championships."