Sept. 17, 2009
San Diego, Calif. - As the school year begins, Coach Kimberly Cupini welcomes twelve freshmen and Transfer athletes to the Varsity team.
"I'm very excited about the enthusiasm and focus our freshman have displayed thus far," said Cupini. "They've come from a variety of programs and have a great deal of racing experience. I'm anxious to see them in action."
Lindsey Dornes has begun her collegiate rowing career in Southern California after training with Sammamish Rowing Association in Washington State. As a junior rower, her height and athleticism allowed Lindsey to quickly progress to the Varsity Squad within her first year of rowing. She celebrated such success with Sammamish as silver medal in the Jv8+ at the NW Junior Regional Championship Regatta in Canada.
Cassalynn Gannon is the second Xavier College Preparatory rower to join the varsity squad. Her four years of rowing experience in Tempe, Arizona have prepared Cassie well for the focus and dedication needed to be successful at the Varsity level. Cassie has been very involved in community service in her hometown and will likely continue that trend with the many opportunities here at USD.
Also from Northern California, Anne Lewis joins the Toreros from NorCal Crew. During her novice year of rowing, Anne was invited as the alternate for the lightweight 8+ at the Junior National Championships in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2008. She competed throughout her senior year in the JV8+ and lightweight 4+. As a Biology major at USD, Anne has begun the pre-med track to eventually progress to Medical School.
Alexandra "Lexi" McColl joins the Toreros from St. Michaels University School in Victoria British Colombia. During the 2009 season, Lexi took gold in the quad at the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association Championships. She was also champion in the 8+ at the prestigious Brentwood Regatta.
Lisa O'Toole comes to USD as a transfer student from Orange Coast College. She has just concluded her two years with the program and has had success at regattas across the country such as the Dad Vail Regatta. She is now continuing her rowing career as a Torero while majoring in Political Science.
Kate Reid has resumed her training with USD after winning a National Championship at the 2009 Junior National Championships in the lightweight 8+ with the Los Gatos Rowing Club. Kate has been a part of many undefeated crews and has a great deal of racing experience to enhance this year's varsity program.
Julia Rine joins the Toreros from Stockton, CA. She is a former competitor for Delta Blades Rowing Club. During her time there, Julia attended US Junior National Development Camp in 2007. She has shown her strength as a sweep rower as well as a sculler winning bronze in 4x at US Club Nationals in 2007.
Lauren Rollins has just concluded her rowing career at the nationally recognized Marin Rowing Association. As a four-year competitor with MRA, Lauren stroked several boats to victory in both sweep and sculling events. She appeared at the 2009 Junior National Championship in the lightweight double. Her drive and passion for the sport of rowing has already been demonstrated during practice sessions.
Kaitlin Soper comes to San Diego from Merion Mercy Academy in Merion Station, PA. Her experience as a coxswain on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia has prepared herself well as she begins her collegiate rowing career on the west coast. She is also participating in the ROTC program at USD.
Samantha Barry, Mar-Lynn "Marlie" Long and Shea Abbott are out-of-sport athletes who've taken camps or have water sport experience that has given them an edge over USD's walk-on team. They're hitting the ground running in the weight room and during land training to quickly excel on the water.
"I'm so excited to be part of such a competitive program," says freshman Lauren Rollins. "This team is dedicated and hungry for power and speed."
The Torero Varsity squad returns to the water in October to prepare for their fall season. Racing kicks off for San Diego at the Head of the American on October 24, 2009 in Northern California.
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