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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Women's Rowing Welcomes 11 Incoming First-Years to Squad

NEW YORK – Columbia women’s rowing head coach Scott Ramsey announced the addition of 11 new members to the program for the upcoming 2014-15 season. The class is comprised of 10 rowers and one coxswain and span from seven different states.

“I cannot wait for this class to arrive at the end of August,” said Ramsey. “These ladies have demonstrated a passion for preparation, winning on the water and excellence in the classroom throughout their high school careers. They will make an immediate positive impact on the depth of our team and drive the competition for our NCAA boat classes at Columbia.”

Maddie Lawn
Ambler, Pa. • Mount Saint Joseph Academy

Lawn earned three varsity letters at Mount Saint Joseph Academy where she was voted Most Valuable Oarswoman her junior year. She competed at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta as a sophomore and her crew earned second place in MidAtlantic Regional Championships in 2013 and 2014. As a senior, Lawn won the Stotesbury Cup Regatta and finished second in the women’s eight at the SRAA Nationals. Lawn earned First Honors and received an academic scholarship to MSJA all four years while graduating with Distinguished Honors.

Caroline Going
Kenilworth, Ill. • New Trier

The Going family is no stranger to Columbia. Caroline's older sister, Hilary, was a four-year member of the squad and graduated from the University last spring. The Kenilworth, Illinois, native was selected to attend the US Junior National Team in 2011 and 2012. Additionally, she took first place at the Midwest Rowing Championships four years in a row. Going picked up a pair of top-three finishes at the SRAA National Championships (second place as a freshman, third place as a junior). With her club team, Penn AC Gold Team, she earned third place at Club Nationals in 2013. Academically, Going was on the Honor Roll all four years and a member of National Latin Honor Society.

Caroline Kaplan
Chicago, Ill. • Latin School of Chicago

Kaplan was a four-year standout at the Latin School of Chicago. As a freshman, she was voted Most Promising Novice and named Most Outstanding Oarswoman after her junior year. Kaplan’s Chicago Rowing Foundation team placed eighth at Youth Nationals in the 8+. Standing at 6-1, Kaplan was a member of the women’s basketball team that won an Independent School League Championship.

Emily Evans
Buffalo, N.Y. • City Honors School

Evans is a four-time Gold Medalist at New York State Championships. She also received the Erie-Niagara Scholastic Achievement Recognition Award and the Sherman F. Feyler Award.

Oriana Marcial
Philadelphia, Pa. • JR Masterman

Marcial lettered in varsity rowing all four years at JR Masterman, where she picked up Vesper Junior Rower honors in 2011. She is an accomplished all-around athlete who picked up second team All-Public honors in 2012, placed second in her age group at the 2012 Philadelphia Marathon and holds a black belt in Kenpo Karate. Marcial won the Widener University High School Leadership Award, the School Chemistry Award and received a National Spanish Exam Silver Medal twice.

Micaela O’Connor
San Francisco, Calif. • Ignatius College Preparatory

O’Connor obtained three letters in crew at Ignatius College Prep in the Bay Area. She won the Wildcat Award for Crew in 2014 after helping her team gain a silver medal at the Crew SSRA Nationals 2014. O’Connor also reached the podium, winning a bronze medal in the 2v for the Crew Southwest Regionals. In the classroom, she was National Hispanic Scholar and earned a spot on the Principal’s Honor Roll.

Charlotte Silk
Concord, Mass. • Middlesex School

Silk brings a strong rowing pedigree to Columbia as her father, Paul, rowed at Harvard and at the 1966 World Championships in Yugoslavia. She was named captain of the varsity as a senior, captured a gold medal at the NEIRA’s and placed ninth at Nationals in 2013. Silk also played basketball at Middlesex where she was a two-time captain and gained high honors throughout high school.

Hannah Juge
Mill Valley, Calif. • Marin Catholic

Juge is the second member of the class hailing from the west coast. She earned second place in Women’s Second Varsity 4+ at the Southwest Regional Championships, third place in Women’s Varsity 8+ at the Head of the Charles and second place in San Diego Crew Classic. Her boat also came in seventh in 8+ at Junior National Championships. Outside of her athletic achievements, Juge has been a lifetime member of the California Scholarship program, a four year Dean’s List student, earned the Departmental Medal for Social Studies and was an AP Scholar with Honors. 

Virginia Fatt (COX)
Belmont, Mass.• Belmont

Fatt, the lone coxswain in the class of 2018, steered the Men’s V4 to a second-place finish at the 2014 New Hampshire Championships. She also was champion of Saratoga Invitational 2v4 and Northeast Junior District Championship 2V. Her boat also placed second in Men’s 2V8+ at the 2013 Northeast Junior District Championships. A member of National Honor Society her junior and senior years, Fatt received the Service, Integrity, Leadership, and Spirit Award in 2013.

Caroline Herriman
Cape Elizabeth, Maine • Cape Elizabeth

Herriman is a decorated rower from Cape Elizabeth who was tabbed as her team's MVP in 2013 and received the Coaches Award in her junior and senior years. Herriman’s squad were North Southwesterns Champions in her sophomore, junior, and senior years and won a Girls Class A State Championship in 2013. She excelled in the classroom as well, gaining AP Scholar status and earning Le Grand Concours National French Exam Award in 2013.

Violet Victoria
Oklahoma City, Okla. • Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics

Victoria may not come from a rowing hotbed, but the Oklahoma City product excelled, finishing first in the 4+ at Youth National Championships in 2014 and claiming second place in the Varsity 8+ at the Head of the Charles. She also won the V8+ and V4+ and placed second in the 1x at Head of the Hooch in 2013. Victoria also received recognition for her academic work after being named a 2014 Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete.

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