|Hometown:||Princeton Junction, Calif.|
|High School:||Plainsboro HS South|
Stroked the varsity eight through the first half of the season before rowing seven seat in the V8+ seat through UCLA's final three events...stroked the V8+ to early-season dual-meet wins against Loyola Marymount (March 5) and San Diego State (March 13)...stroked the V8+ in consecutive races against California (March 27) and Stanford (March 28)...stroked the V8+ at the San Diego Crew Classic (April 2-3), leading the Bruins to a second-place finish in the Petite Final on day two...rowed seven seat in the V8+ at the Virginia Invitational, racing against Texas, Virginia and Clemson (April 15-17)...rowed seven seat against USC (April 30) and at Pac-10 Championships (May 15).
Rowed seven seat in the varsity eight crew all season...helped lead UCLA to its first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament as a team, as the Bruins finished 12th overall at the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif...led the V8+ to dual meet victories over Loyola Marymount (March 6) and San Diego State (March 13)...guided the V8+ to third-place finishes on consecutive days of the San Diego Crew Classic (March 27-28)...earned victories over Clemson and Notre Dame at the SoCal Challenge (April 10)...led the V8+ past Oregon State and San Diego in Dexter Lake, Ore. (April 17)...finished fourth in the V8+ at Pac-10 Championships, leading the Bruins to a fifth-place team finish...finished third in the V8+ elimination heat on day one (May 28) of the NCAA Championships, advancing to a semifinal heat (May 29)...raced to a fifth-place finish in the semifinal heat before finishing third in the Petite Final (May 30).
Rowed bow seat in the varsity eight crew in all events...rowed bow seat in the Bruins' dual-meet wins against Loyola Marymount (March 7) and San Diego State (March 14)...rowed bow seat in the V8+ at the Pac-10 Challenge (March 28-29), leading UCLA to wins against Ohio State and Clemson on consecutive days...rowed bow seat in the V8+ at the San Diego Crew Classic (April 4-5), guiding the Bruins to a fourth-place finish on day one and to a first-place finish on day two...rowed bow seat in the V8+ at the Lake Natoma Challenge (April 18-19), leading the Bruins to two second-place finishes on day one and to a first-place finish against Minnesota and Tennessee on day two...rowed bow seat in the V8+ against USC (May 2) and at Pac-10 Championships (May 17).
Rowed in the varsity eight boats throughout the spring season as a freshman...rowed bow seat in the 2V8+ in early season dual-meet wins against Loyola Marymount (March 8) and San Diego State (March 15)...rowed bow seat in the 2V8+ at the Pac-10 Challenge (March 29-30), the San Diego Crew Classic (April 5-6) and the Stanford Invitational (April 19-20)...helped lead UCLA's 2V8+ to first-place finishes against St. Mary's, Stanford and Central Florida on both days at the Stanford Invitational...rowed two seat in the V8+ crew against USC (May 3) and at the Pac-10 Championships (May 18).
One-year varsity swimming letterwinner at West Windsor Plainsboro HS South under head coach Paul Hamnett...competed for three seasons in the swimming program in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle.
Rowed for the Mercer Junior Rowing club...served as team captain in 2006-07...finished second at the English Henley in 2006.
Full name: Rachel P. LaBella...born Sept. 24, 1989 in New Canaan, Conn...is the middle of Joseph and Debbie LaBella's three children...has one older sister, Daniela, and one younger brother, Philip...mother, Debbie, rows in Mercer's masters program...marine biology major.