NEW YORK – Columbia lightweight rowing will add nine new members to the crew for the upcoming season, head coach Nich Lee Parker announced today.

"The Class of 2018 is an exciting group of individuals who can contribute immediately to the team's performance,” stated Parker. “We recruited two highly skilled coxswains and seven rowers who are proven athletes ready to compete as college lightweights."

"We're really looking forward to seeing what the group decides to bring to the team the moment they arrive on campus and start forming their identity as a class. The pre-season chatter was entertaining to watch and I really think they are going to fit in well with the culture of the program and the school."

Jeff Monahan
Westport, Conn. • Staples

Monahan is the first of three newcomers hailing from Connecticut. He picked up four varsity letters in rowing and was named team captain in 2014. Monahan participated in the men’s varsity 1x, 2x, 4x and 8x at Staples High School. Winner of the men’s varsity 2x at the Youth Nationals in 2014, Monahan also earned fifth place in the 2x at Head of the Charles as a sophomore and second place as a junior. Additionally, he was named Most Valuable Rower for the Saugatuck Rowing Club in 2013.

John Maloney
Cincinnati, Ohio. • St. Xavier

Maloney sat in the stroke seat at St. Xavier High School during his junior and senior seasons where he was an Ohio State Champion in 2013. Maloney claimed a Midwest Championship and took fifth place at the US Youth National Championships in 2014. As a senior, his boat repeated as Midwest Champions and secured 10th place at the US Youth National Championship. Academically, Maloney was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated with first honors.

Carlyn Dougherty (COX)
Greenwich, Conn. • Phillips Exeter Academy

Dougherty is the sister of Connor Dougherty, who rowed on the lightweight squad for the past four years. She was a varsity coxswain all four years at Phillips Exeter Academy where she earned high academic honors.

Ben Landis
Heidelberg, Germany • Englisches Institut Heidelberg

Landis will cross the Atlantic from Heidelberg, Germany, to join the Lions this fall. He won bronze medal at the German Nationals in 2010 and 2012. Landis took home silver at the Stotesbury Club Regatta and rowed for the Baden-Wurtemberg State Team in 2010.

Justin Bae
St. Bellevue, Wash. • Bellevue

Bae was a 2013 USRowing Northwest Junior Regional Champion in the Men’s Lightweight 8+ and went on to secure 15th Place finish at the USRowing Youth National Championships. In the classroom, Bae was a member of the National Honor Society, an AP Scholar with Distinction and was named to the USRowing Scholastic Honor Roll.

Jeffrey Hou
Vancouver, British Columbia • St. George’s School

Hou was named Crew MVP at St. George’s School in Vancouver in 2013 where he won Canadian National Champions and American National Champions in Junior B heavyweight 8+ in 2012. Hou also a series of titles in the 4+ race at American Nationals and in the junior lightweight 4+ at the Canadian National Championships and Junior A heavyweight 8+ American National Championships. In 2014, he won in both the heavyweight and lightweight 8+ Canadian Junior National Championships.

Harrison Vincent
Toronto, Ontario • Upper Canada College

Vincent rowed from grades seven to twelve at Upper Canada College and Governor Simcoe Secondary School. A three-time national champion at the CSSRA’s, Vincent came in third place at the 49th Head of the Charles Regatta in the Youth Men’s Four. He was the runner-up at the 131st Rolay Canadian Henley Regatta in the Men’s Four and claimed third place in the junior pair at the National Rowing Championships in 2013.

Andrew Hyde (COX)
Kent, Conn. • Kent School

Hyde lettered in rowing all four years at the Kent School where he served as coxswain on the varsity eight. He attended the 2012 US Junior Rowing Sweet Selection Camp and was selected to be a part of the US Junior Rowing World Development Team that same year.

Colin Conroy
East Williston, N.Y. • Chaminade

Conroy competed individually at the 2013 World Indoor Rowing Championships. With Chaminade High School in Long Island, he rowed at 2014 Scholastic National Championships and was Valedictorian of Class of 2014.