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Heavyweight Rowing Takes 10 Newcomers for 2014-15

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 08/13/2014
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NEW YORK – Scott Alwin, director of rowing and head coach of the heavyweight program, has announced the incoming class of 2018. The group is comprised of eight oarsmen and two coxswains spanning from four different states and one from Australia.

Caroline Ellwood
Coxswain
Greenville Junction, Mass. • St. Mark’s School

Elwood was a two-sport standout in soccer and rowing at St. Mark’s School in New England. She captained both teams her senior year and won the Pollack Prize for rowing in 2014, racing with the varsity four crew.

Mihir Gulati
Coxswain
Weston, Mass. • Belmont Hill School

Gulati won a combined eight letters in wrestling and rowing at Belmont Hill School. In the water, he was a three-time NEIRA champion and was part of the Belmont Hill team that swept all four races at NEIRA’s in 2013. Gulati was also an accomplished grappler, earning all-league honors three times and winning several team championships.

Peter Richards
Washington, D.C. • St. Albans

One of two newcomers from the Capital Region, Richards was a three-year varsity rower for St. Albans School.  While there, the Bulldogs were three-time Stotesbury Cup Medalists (2011, 2012, 2013) and won three Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association titles (2012, 2013, 2014). Richards was an AP Scholar with Distinction and traveled to China on the Montgomery Raiser Fellowship with St. Albans.

Noah Ross
Port Washington, N.Y. • Scheriber

Ross was a four-year member of the rowing squad at Scheriber. He helped Port Rowing take third at the NY State Heavyweight 8+ in 2014 and a finish second in 2012. As a junior, his squad took fifth place at the Canadian Henley U19 8+ competition and competed with a club team, Long Island Elite.

Matt Ryan
Boston, Mass. • Belmont Hill School

A three-year letterwinner in rowing the Belmont Hill School in Massachussetts, Ryan claimed a New England championship in the 4v4 and 3v4. He also captured a silver medal in the 4+ at the 2014 Youth National Regatta and was named most improved rower during his senior campaign. Ryan competed at the 2013 Head of the Charles in the Youth 4+, where his boat placed fourth.

David Slate
Tiburon, Calif. • Redwood/Lawrenceville

Slater was a member of the Marin Rowing Club, where they won the Head of the Charles Regatta’s Youth Men’s 8+ race in 2011. With his club crew, Summer Penn AC, he took first in the U17 event at the Canadian Henley Regatta and claimed gold at the U.S. Rowing Club National Championships in the 8+ in 2011. He spent a postgraduate year with the Lawrenceville School in 2013-14.

Josef Starc
Oakland, Calif. • Oakland Technical

Starc rowed with the Oakland Strokes Varisty Men’s rowing team for two seasons in the Bay Area. He won back-to-back varsity eight races at the Southwest Junior Regionals as well as a pair of silver medals at Youth Nationals. Starc’s varsity eight squad placed third at the Head of the Charles High School eight event in 2013. Academically, he was named to the USRowing Honor Roll for 2013-14 and was on his school’s honor roll all four years.

Will Taylor
Breadalbane, Australia • The King’s School Parramatta

Taylor was named vice captain of the crew team at The King’s School in 2013 and helped his squad capture first place at the AAGPS first 8+. The King’s School also won a NSW State Championships in the Coxless Quad in 2013. Taylor’s mother, Carolyn Anderson, is a 1992 graduate of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Aris Togias
Washington, D.C. • St. Albans

Togias earned four letters in crew at St. Albans School where he teamed with fellow incoming first-year Peter Richards, won four consecutive Virginia State Crew Championships as well as a Stotesbury 2V8 Championship in 2012. Togias also won three US Rowing Club National medals while competing with the Thompson Boat Center Crew team. A team captain in 2014, he picked up Washington Post first team All-MET honors as a senior.

Maxim Zwarycz
Morristown, N.J. • Delbarton

Zwarycz makes the short journey to Columbia from Morristown, New Jersey. At Delbarton, he played football track and field and rowing throughout his high school career.

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