May 1, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Seven student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent to join the Washington State University rowing team next fall, Cougar Head Coach Jane LaRiviere announced Tuesday.
"I was looking for a combination of athleticism, academic commitment, and that little something extra," head coach LaRiviere said.
This recruiting class composed of Annie Eastwood of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Justine Galbraith of Fonthill, Ontario, Lauren Johnson of Tigard, Ore., Christina Kinck of Oslo, Norway, Natasha Ostopovich of Sydenham, Ontario, Phillippa Summerville of Hamilton, New Zealand, and Sarah Powell of Victoria, British Columbia, brings those qualities to a team that is graduating 11 seniors.
Canadian Annie Eastwood brings three years of experience with the Winnipeg Rowing Club and the Manitoba Provincial Team in sculling events to the Cougars. At the 2006 Royal Canadian Henley, she finished second in the senior quad and the junior double. Eastwood was also an all-around athlete at Kelvin High School.
Justine Galbraith was a member of the Canadian Junior team that finished first in the four and eight at the 2006 CanAmMex. She also placed 10th at the Head of the Charles in the junior double. Galbraith has produced some of the top ergometer scores as a Canadian junior.
Lauren Johnson is a four-year member of the Rose City Rowing Club in Oregon. She was part of the crew that finished third in 2005 and sixth in 2006 at the Head of the Charles. As a sophomore, Johnson helped the junior four to a fourth place finish at the Youth Invitational Nationals, as well as a fourth place finish in the junior pair at the club nationals.
Christina Kinck, Oslo, Norway native, placed first in the eight at the 2006 Norwegian Championships. She also finished second in the single, double and quad at the event. Kinck was selected as part of the Norwegian Under-23 team, and is an experienced sculler and sweeper.
Natasha Ostopovich brings experience as canoe/kayak competitor along with her rowing experience. She has medaled nationally in numerous sprint canoe and kayak competitions, including a gold medal in the women's tandem canoe at the 2004 Russian Canoe/Kayak Nationals. Ostopovich started rowing as a junior in high school, and posted a 12th place finish at the Ontario Erg Competition in her first year rowing.
Phillippa Summerville has been successful regionally and nationally in New Zealand. Summerville was selected to participate in three rowing camps as a potential rower for the New Zealand National Team. She was also part of the North Island Crew four and eight that won gold against the South Island Regatta. An experienced rower, Summerville began rowing over four years ago and has medaled in many competitions. She is another all-around athlete that has been recognized for excelling in numerous sports.
Sarah Powell has been selected to be part of multiple identification camps for the Canadian Junior National Team. A member of the Gorge Rowing Club, Powell has been competitive in both sculling and sweeping. She brings a competitive nature and experience to the Cougar rowing program.
"They are a great group of young women and will bring athleticism, leadership, passion, and experience to our program," said LaRiviere.