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UCLA has signed six standout rowers to National Letters of Intent (photo by Don Liebig)

Courtesy: UCLA Athletics
UCLA Signs Six Rowers to National Letters of Intent
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  11/26/2013

LOS ANGELES - The UCLA women’s rowing program has signed six standout student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, as announced this week by head coach Amy Fuller Kearney.

The Bruins’ six incoming rowers will enroll at UCLA for the 2014-15 school year and begin competition in the fall of 2014. UCLA latest group of signees includes two student-athletes from California, one from Massachusetts, one from Tennessee, one from Canada and one from Ireland.

“This is an impressive group that will have a substantial impact on our program over the next four years,” Fuller Kearney said. “Each of these young women really understands what it means to be a student-athlete at UCLA, and we cannot wait to get them on campus next fall.”

Sierra Bronkhorst
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (St. Joseph High School)
Competing in her third year of rowing for Coach John Haver at Saskatoon Rowing Club... won a silver medal in the 2- and 4- at the 2013 Canada Summer Games... finished 2nd in the Junior 2- at the 2013 Canadian National Championships... invited to tryout for the Canadian Junior National Team 4- in July 2012... finished 1st in the U19 8+ and U19 2- at the 2012 CanAmMex Regatta... named Youth Female Athlete of the Year by the Saskatchewan Rowing Association in 2012... one of three finalists for the Saskatchewan Sport Award for 2012 Youth Female Athlete of the Year... won two silver medals and a bronze medal in the Jr. Women's 4-, 8+, and 2- at the Team Saskatchewan in the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games.

head coach Amy Fuller Kearney: “We immediately felt a connection with Sierra and her family. She has the type of character, integrity and work ethic that fits very well in the UCLA Athletics Department. We are excited to help her thrive in this environment.”

Jasmine English
Belfast, Ireland (Methodist College Belfast)
In her third year of rowing for Belfast Boat Club as a member of the Rowing Ireland Development Program … represented Ireland at the 2013 Junior World Championships in Trakai, Lithuania in the 4x … finished third among junior girls in the 1x at Irish trials in February 2013 … fastest J16 1x at the 2012 Irish Rowing Championships.

head coach Amy Fuller Kearney: “It has been our pleasure to get to know Jasmine in the recruiting process. Not only does she boast an impressive rowing resume coming to Westwood, she brings high standards and expectations and is willing to work to be true to that character. She is a great fit for UCLA Rowing.”

Alexandra Rusbarsky
Woodland Hills, Calif. (Chaminade College Preparatory)
Competing in her first year of rowing for Coach Zohar Abramovitz for local club team Marina Aquatic Center, Alexandra is expected to make a key contribution in Marina Aquatic Center's top varsity boats in the spring... lettered in three varsity sports at Chaminade before she began rowing as a senior... named a Scholar Athlete in cross country, track and field three years in a row and basketball two years in a row... she has received the Outstanding Athlete of the Year Award and Most Valuable Runner Award at Chaminade.

head coach Amy Fuller Kearney: “We have had our eyes on Ale’ since she began her rowing career just a short time ago. It has been impressive to watch her embrace the sport and use her pure athleticism to help her reach early success. Ale' is an athlete who will develop quickly into an NCAA contributor for our program. Her drive and competitive nature will make her a pleasure to coach.”

Grace Smith
Newton, Massachusetts (Newton South High School)
Competing in her fourth year of rowing at Community Rowing, Inc. under Coach Veronika Platzer and previously under Coach Ethan Curren... finished 5th in the Youth 8+ at the 2013 USRowing Youth National Championships... raced in the U19 2x, U19 4+, U19 4x and U19 8+ for CRI at the 2013 Royal Henley Regatta... raced in the Youth 8+ for CRI at the 2012 and 2013 Head of the Charles Regattas... her parents, Jonathan and Tracy Smith, both competed for the United States at the Olympics in rowing.

head coach Amy Fuller Kearney: “We are thrilled to have Grace joining the Bruin family. The minute she walked on to the UCLA campus, we all felt this was the place for her. It was like she had been bleeding the Blue and Gold her entire life without knowing it until she stepped foot into Westwood. Grace has an incredible rowing foundation and an enthusiasm that will take her far in her UCLA career.”

Cassidy Szarnicki
San Francisco, Calif. (Wherry Academy)
Competing in her third year of rowing under coach Emmie Koenig … named team captain for the 2013-2014 season … received the Coaches’ Award for the 2012-2013 season … finished first at the 2013 Head of the Lagoon in the Junior 8+ … finished fifth at 2013 USRowing Youth National Championships … won a silver medal in the 4+ at the 2013 Southwest Junior Regional Championships.

head coach Amy Fuller Kearney: “Cassidy is a natural athlete. UCLA has been her dream school for years, and for us that translates to free speed. She is an integral part of the recent speed of her high school program because she well understands the principles of teamwork, hard work, and character, which are the pillars of this UCLA rowing team.”

Bailey Wood
Chattanooga, Tennessee (Girls Preparatory School)
Competing in her fourth year of rowing under Coach Anders Swanson at Girls Preparatory Academy (GPS) … attended the 2013 USRowing High Performance Camp … represented the United States at the 2013 CanAmMex Regatta in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, finishing 1st in the 8+ and 2nd in the 4+ … finished first in the 16-18 year old division at the 2013 Tennessee Indoor Rowing Championships … holds the GPS school record for 2k on the ergometer … attended the 2012 Southeast Junior Development Camp.

head coach Amy Fuller Kearney: “I am so excited to have Bailey Wood joining the squad. She is ready to take her skills and potential to the next level. There is an intentness and drive in Bailey that is both impressive and imperative for collegiate rowing success. She is well equipped for this new adventure, and I look forward to helping her achieve her goals while having a wonderful collegiate experience.”

 


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