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Toreros Welcome Four New Rowers
Nov. 20, 2017

SAN DIEGO – San Diego rowing welcomed new Toreros last week when Maria Polanco, Amanda Finnie, Isla Blake and Blythe ter Kuile signed a National Letter of Intent to join the team in the fall of 2018.

The four women will join a team that is consistently top in conference and has made a waves nationally, including an appearance at the NCAAs in 2014 where the team placed 15th.

» North Arlington, N.J.
» North Arlington High School
» North Arlington Crew/ Passaic River Rowing Association
  • 2nd place in the 2017 World Rowing Youth Championships.
  • 1st place in the 2017 Passaic River Sprints.
  • 1st place in the 2015 Overpeck Regional Youth Regatta.
  • 1st place in the 2014 Metropolitan Youth Speed Order.
  • Holds her team's 2k record for female varsity athlete.
  • Qualified for a selective College program that allowed her to take challenging college courses.
Why Maria chose San Diego ...
"I chose USD because of the enchanting campus and the welcoming atmosphere. As soon as I got to the campus I could picture living the next four years of my life there. USD is the perfect university because it will challenge me and offer enough support so that I will prosper."

» Hamilton, NZ 
» Hamilton Girls High School/ Fraser High
» Hamilton Rowing Club/ Waikato RPC
  • NZCC 2015 silver in the club 4X-, bronze in the club 4+.
  • NZCC 2016 gold in the senior 4X-, gold in the senior 8+.
  • 2016 made North Island u18 women’s sweep team.
  • 2016-2017 represented Waikato Regional Performance Centre.
  • 2017 NZ junior traillist.
  • Top level two math student in 2015.
Why Isla chose San Diego ...
"I chose USD as I get a great vibe from the coaches and crew. They are hard working and have a mind set on what they want. I can’t wait to join a team like that. USD seems to be full of lovely welcoming people and is a beautiful campus where I know I’ll love to study!"

» New York City, N.Y.
» Convent of the Sacred Heart 91st street
» City Island Rowing
  • Received bronze in the V2x at New York States.
  • Competed at Head of the Charles: V2x in 2015 with Pelham Community Rowing Association, V8+ in 2016 with City Island Rowing, and stroked the V8+ in 2017.
  • Won a $5,000 grant for a non-profit charity that helps bring art to inner city kids.
Why Blythe chose San Diego ...
"I chose USD because of the feeling that I got once I visited. I had really liked the school before I went on my official, but after meeting the coaches and the team and seeing San Diego, I really fell in love with it. What stuck out to me the most was how happy all the girls on the team were, even though they were working incredibly hard they were still smiling and able to have a positive energy."

» Vancouver, B.C.
» Collingwood School
» Burnaby Lake Rowing Club
  • Specialized in small-boat sculling.
  • Placed in top positions at local regattas.
  • Placed fifth at the B.C Championships Regatta in the single.
  • Was a highly competitive head racer, coming 3rd in a double at Head of the Lake in 2016 and 4th in an eight at Head of the Gorge (Victoria, Canada).
  • On Collingwood’s honor roll throughout her high school career.
  • Maintained a 4.0 and challenging course load.
Why Maria chose San Diego ...
"After looking at numerous colleges, I came to realize that San Diego presents the perfect place for me. Small classes led by inspiring faculty will allow me to explore my academic interests at the same time I am able to be part of a dynamic, competitive crew."



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