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Four Recruits Sign With WSU Women's Rowing

June 5, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Four high school seniors from the Northwest have signed national letters of intent to row at Washington State University, Cougar coach Tammy Crawford announced Friday.

The four women are: Emily Larson from Ingelmoor High in Seattle, Jackie Kern from Ellensburg High, Kirsten Koci from Mount Vernon High, and Sarah Weitz from Helena, Montana.

Larson rowed on the Green Lake junior crew in Seattle as well as for her high school. Highly recruited by the top collegiate women's rowing programs for her rowing abilities - she finished second at the US Rowing Association junior fours championship last year in Cincinnati - the 5'11" Larson also carries a 3.92 GPA and plans to study physics at WSU.

"Emily will bring outstanding rowing skill and athleticism, a strong academic ability and maturity to our program," WSU coach Crawford said. "She will join former Green Lake teammate Sarah Allen who rowed bow of the jayvee eight as a freshman this past season."

Kern is a four-year volleyball middle hitter for state AAA runners-up Ellensburg and also placed fifth in the state long jump competition last week in Tacoma. The 5'9" Kern is vice president of Honor Society and plans to major in business administration at WSU.

"We saw Jackie competing at the state volleyball tournament where she played aggressively, was a floor leader, and demonstrated the athletic profile we look for in a rower," Crawford said.

The 5'10" Koci earned ten varsity letters at Mount Vernon High where she competed at the state championship level in swimming, volleyball, basketball and fastpitch softball. She plans to study communications at WSU.

"Kirsten's leadership skills and competitive nature make her a natural for our team," Crawford said.

Weitz is a four-year swimming letterwinner from Helena High and won the state backstroke championship. Before moving to Montana, she lived in Perth, Western Australia, where she competed in a successful freshman rowing team and was asked to compete at the national level. Weitz wasn't able to pursue that opportunity when her family moved to the United States. The 5'11' Weitz is an academic all-state athlete who will study architecture at WSU.

"Sarah's background and experience are outstanding and she should contribute right away," Crawford said.

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