NEW YORK – Columbia women’s rowing head coach Scott Ramsey has comprised nine incoming first-years to build upon the success of last season’s squad.
The list of newcomers includes Emily Ball, Giovanna Crozier-Fitzgerald, Lilli DeBode, Maggie DeVlieger, Kaitlyn Loftus, Elena McGahey, Maddie Pollock, Lynsey Robertson and Emerald Smith.
Emily Ball – Framingham, Mass. – Phillips Exeter Academy
High School/Personal: Stroked to first place in the Peabody Cup for Junior 8's at Women's Henley Regatta as a junior ... Finished first at the NEIRA girls 8's during her senior campaign ... Also competed in swimming.
Giovanna Crozier-Fitzgerald – Gwynedd, Pa. – Merion Mercy Academy
High School/Personal: Named captain as a senior ... Finished first at the Navy Day Regatta V8 during her junior year ... Finished second in the City Championship V8 during her senior year.
Lilli DeBode – Summit, N.J. – Kent Place School
High School/Personal: Competed in cross country, track and field and rowing ... Earned eight varsity letters.
Maggie DeVlieger – Newtown Square, Pa. – Merion Mercy Academy
High School/Personal: Won the Merion Mercy Academy Varsity Rowing Award during her senior year ... Member of the National Honors Society.
Kaitlyn Loftus – Ambler, Pa. – Mount St. Joseph Academy
High School/Personal: Named team captain during her senior year ... Earned four letters in crew at Mount St. Joseph Academy.
Elena McGahey – San Francisco, Calif. – Thatcher School
High School/Personal: Was named Most Inspirational Varsity Women Rower her senior year ... competed in both rowing and track and field during her career at The Thatcher School.
Maddie Pollock – Pittsburgh, Pa. – Shady Side Academy
High School/Personal: Named Steel City Rowing Club Rower of the Year in 2012 and 2013 ... Team captain during her senior year at Shady Side Academy ... Won the Gold Medal at CanAmMex Regatta in 2012 for the USA.
Lynsey Robertson – Wilmette, Ill. – New Trier Township
High School/Personal: Was named captain during her senior year at New Trier ... Earned varsity letters in both rowing and swimming.
Emerald Smith – Mill Valley, Calif. – International High School FAIS
High School/Personal: Rowed to a first place finish at Junior National Championships 8+ during her senior year ... Finished first in the San Diego Crew Classic Varsity 8+ during her senior year.