May 6, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University women's rowing team has signed six recruits to National Letters of Intent to compete for the Cougars beginning in the fall of the 2011, head coach Jane LaRiviere announced Friday.
The 2011 recruiting class includes one Washingtonian, Kellen Srb (Bothell, Wash.), and five student-athletes from outside of the United States, Michelle `Mickey' Aylard (Sidney, British Columbia), Megan McDonald (Victoria, British Columbia), Jessica `Jess' Munro (Hamilton, New Zealand), Alexandra `Alex' Waddell (Ashburton, Australia) and Kayla Wakulich (Ridgeville, Ontario).
"We are thrilled to announce the WSU Class of 2015," LaRiviere said. "It is an outstanding group of student-athletes that will make an immediate impact on our program. Our entire coaching staff is looking forward to being part of this group's development."
Mickey Aylard (5-foot-9, Sidney, British Columbia) rowed for four years under head coach Susanne Walker Curry at St. Michael's University School. During her sophomore year of high school, Aylard earned a gold medal at the Canadian High School Championships in the senior women's quad and earned a bronze medal in the junior women's single. As a junior she placed first at the Windermere Opening Day Regatta in junior `A' quad and fourth at the Canadian Nationals in the senior women's quad and double. As a senior, Aylard finished fifth at the National Rowing Championships in the junior women's single and was one of eight women invited to BC camp. She also rowed on the Junior National Development Team under coach Alan Oldham.
Megan McDonald (5-11, Victoria, British Columbia) rowed one year at Claremont Secondary School and has rowed for three years at the Victoria City Rowing Club. She was selected as one of six girls to train in the Victoria City Rowing Club Development Camp in 2010. McDonald placed first in Head of the Gorge and Head of the Lake regattas in 2010 in the junior quad. In 2010, McDonald was selected to represent British Columbia in the 2010 National Rowing Championships. She placed second at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta 2010 in the junior pair and junior four.
Jess Munro (5-11, Hamilton, New Zealand) competed in rowing, netball, and swimming for St. Peter's School in Cambridge, New Zealand. She rowed at St Peter's under head coach Janey Wackrow. As a junior she earned a bronze medal at the North Island Secondary School Rowing Championships in the novice eight. As a senior, Munro placed first at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Championships in the girls' under-19 quad. She also earned a gold medal at the North Island Secondary School Rowing Championships in the under-18 double. Munro rowed on the Cambridge Rowing Club and earned a gold medal in the under-18 quad at the 2010 New Zealand Club Nationals.
Kellen Srb (5-11, Lynwood, Wash.) attends Lynnwood High School and rowed for the Green Lake Crew for coaches Erika Sweet and Coby Stites. As a junior, Srb won the US Rowing Erg Competition for high school girls at regionals and her boat was invited to the Pacific-10 Challenge during her senior year of high school. She attended the high performance camp for coach Tony Carr.
Alex Waddell (6-0, Ashburton, Australia) competed in basketball, track and field, and rowing at Methodist Ladies College. Waddell rowed all four years in high school under head coach Meg Hutchins. As a junior in 2009, Waddell placed 12th at the National Championships and placed first at the Head of School Girls and the school's regatta. She placed first at the state championships as a senior, and rowed at the national championships in 2010, placing second.
Kayla Wakulich (5-6, Ridgeville, Ontario) competed in cross country, hockey, and rowing for E.L. Crossley Secondary School. She rowed all four years of secondary school for head coach Pattrick MacNalley. As a freshman, she won two gold medals at the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association Championships. In her sophomore year of high school, Wakulich placed first at the Stotsbury Regatta in a women's lightweight eight. Wakulich competed on the Junior National Team for Canada under head coach Phil Marshall in 2010 and helped the team place ninth at Worlds. As a senior, Wakulich placed first at the Head of the Charles in a cox-less four.
The Cougars will compete again Sunday, May 15 at the Pac-10 Championships. The championships will take place at Lake Natoma at Gold River, Calif., as WSU will be competing for a bid to the NCAA Championships, May 27-29, also at Lake Natoma.