Monica Grova
Monica Grova

Player Profile

Santa Cruz

High School:
Santa Cruz




Rowing Team:

2004 -- Team Co-Captain for the third consecutive year ... Awarded the 2004 Most Valuable Oarswoman ... Member of the All Pac-10 first team ... Rowed in the V8 throughout the entire season ... Rowed in the Pac-10 Championships (May 16), earning her third varsity letter ... Rowed the five seat in victories against UCI (Mar. 20), LMU (Mar. 27), Minnesota (Apr. 10), Stanford Invitational (Apr. 17) ... V8 squad tied with LMU and earned the Miller Cup (Apr. 24) ... Part of a strong performance in the San Diego Crew Classic (Apr. 4) ... Competed in the five seat of the V8 against USC (Mar. 28), Opening Day Regatta (May 1) ... Member of the Director's Honor Roll every quarter.

2003 -- Team co-captain ... A top performer on the rowing ergometer ... Rowed in the varsity eight throughout the season, recording dual meet victories against Long Beach State (Mar. 15), Loyola Marymount (Mar. 29), UC Davis (Apr. 19) and Sacramento State (Apr. 19) ... V8 squad was also victorious at the Berg Cup (Mar. 22) and the Miller Cup (Apr. 12) ... Rowed the seven seat in UCLA's victory in the Women's Varsity Eight Petite Final at Pac-10's (May 18) ... Rowed the five seat in the varsity eight during the fall schedule ... Named to the Director's Honor Roll every quarter during competition.

2002 -- Solid contributor in the first novice boat ... Named team's Most Valuable Novice at season's end ... N8 squad recorded dual meet wins over Long Beach State (Mar. 9), USC (Mar. 30), Loyola Marymount (Apr. 13) and Santa Clara (Apr. 20) ... Crew won the novice race at the Miller Cup (Apr. 27) and finished sixth in the novice eight grand final at the San Diego Crew Classic (Apr. 7) ... Stroked the novice boat to a fifth-place finish at Pac-10's (May 19) ... Rowed with the varsity eight during the fall ... V8 squad won at the Head of the Marina (Nov. 2) and finished third at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival (Nov. 3) ... Named to the Director's Honor Roll every quarter throughout the rowing season.

2001 -- Entered the season as a walk-on ... Gained racing experience in the first novice eight during fall competition ... Named to the Director's Honor Roll for the Fall `01 quarter.

High School -- Earned letters in volleyball and basketball at Santa Cruz HS ... Three-year letterwinner in volleyball under Kim Cave ... In basketball, three-year letterwinner under coach Patrick Jones ... Member of two Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League (SCCAL) championship teams (2000-01) ... Named All-Santa Cruz County Player of the Year in 2000 ... First-team All-SCCAL selection in 2000 and 2001 ... Both team captain and MVP in 2000 and 2001.

Personal -- Enjoys ceramic arts and throwing on the wheel ... Admires three-time Olympian and UCLA women's rowing head coach, Amy Fuller ... Daughter of Angelo and Beverly Grova ... Has an older brother, Michael, and two sisters, Nicole and Ariana ... Full name is Monica Mae Grova ... Born May 29, 1983 in Santa Cruz, CA ... Premed majoring in Neuroscience.