Aug. 19, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. - Coming off a ninth place finish at the 2004 NCAA Rowing Championships, WSU Head Coach Jane LaRiviere has reloaded with her announcement of the signing of seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, Thursday. Lindsay Black, Karin Brevick, Willow English, Jessica Matejik, Kelly O'Brien, Catherine Shirley and Robyn Stephenson make up LaRiviere's 2004 spring recruiting class. "This has to be one of the best rowing classes WSU has seen," LaRiviere said. "We are coming off a top 10 finish at the NCAA Championships and several of these women have the ability to make an immediate impact. "It's a great mix of talent," LaRiviere added. "We have four top notch kids from the States who will be joined by three international rowers. We are adding tremendous race experience and strength to our program with these student athletes. The recruits have an average high school GPA of 3.4 so we are looking forward to their classroom performance as well." Black graduated from South Eugene High School in Eugene, Ore., where she lettered in rowing and tennis. While at South Eugene, Black captured team honors with the Aden Wood and Iron Woman awards. Brevick, who hails from Bellevue, Wash., is a graduate of Mount Si High School. While at Mount Si, Brevick earned five letters: three in basketball and one each in volleyball and softball. She also rowed with the Sammamish Rowing Association, which won the Northwest Regional in junior women's eight. The crew went on to finish fourth at the U.S. Youth Invitational at Cincinnati, Ohio. English, a graduate of Stellys High School in Saanichton, British Columbia, rowed at both the school and the Victoria City Rowing Club (VCRC). While with VCRC she was part of a crew that captured the women's junior eight event at the 2003 Windermere Cup. English was a member of the Canadian CanAmMex team with current Cougars Catherine Watt and Sarah Waterfield. Matejik arrives at WSU from Mechanicsville, Pa., where she graduated from New Hope-Solebury High School. The incoming freshman was a prolific athlete at Solebury earning a combined 12 letters in soccer (four), basketball (three), volleyball (two), track & field (two) and cross country (one). Matejik also participated with the Swan Creek Rowing Club. O'Brien hails from Granite Bay High School at Granite Bay, Calif. During her senior year, O'Brien was coxswain for Capital Crew that captured titles at the Head of the American (varsity eight) and the Newport (Calif.) Autumn Rowing Festival (varsity four and eight). Shirley comes to Pullman from Minyama Waters, Australia. She earned Rower of the Year honors as a junior at Sommerville House. In her senior year she was the rowing captain for the school's crew of the year. Shirley also participated in the 2003 Australian Rowing Championships. Stephenson, who graduated from Springfield Convent in Cape Town, South Africa, won gold in both the single and double sculls at the South African Junior Rowing Championships. She also won gold at the Senior South African Championships. She also rowed in doubles at the 2002 Junior World Rowing Championships in Lithuania.