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Women's Rowing Inks Six Student-Athletes

Dec. 4, 2014

 STORRS, Conn. - On Thursday, University of Connecticut women's rowing coach Jennifer Wendry and her staff announced signing of six student-athletes for the 2015-16 campaign. The Huskies will welcome Maja Barnouw, Molly Bugos, Emily George, Sydney Gibbs, Bridget Murphy, and Katherine Ratcliffe to the Storrs campus in the fall of 2015 to compete for a Husky program that finished third at the 2013 American Athletic Conference Championship.

"The future of UConn Rowing is bright, and our signees for the Fall 2015 are going to make an immediate impact on the success of our program," Wendry said. "I particularly like this group for their passion about UConn.  One of our top priorities in the recruiting process is to choose prospective student-athletes who have fallen in love with the University.  That is the first step toward our success because of the sense of pride they will feel being a part of the UConn Husky Family. We had that strong connection with each of our signees.  On behalf of our coaches and current team members, we can't wait until they arrive in September to help us in our quest to win the American Conference Championship and secure a bid to the NCAA's."



Maja Barnouw | Roosevelt High School | Seattle, Wash.

Baranouw will join the Huskies after rowing for two years  with the Pocock Rowing Center in Seattle, Wash. She placed first in both the Novice-8 and 4+ in her junior season and also competed on the women's soccer and track teams during her time at Roosevelt High School.

On the soccer pitch, Barnouw helped Roosevelt capture the Washington State Cup and was named the MVP of the finals. She will study as a pre-med major.

Molly Bugos | Conard High School | West Hartford, Conn.

Bugos, who boasts seven years of swimming experience, will head to Storrs after rowing  with Riverfront Recapture in  Hartford, Conn. A member of the National Honor Society, Bugos was named a team captain of her swim team during her junior season at Conard and also has held multiple leadership positions during her high school career. She plans to study Management.

"I feel UConn is the perfect combination of outstanding academics and impressive athletics - two characteristics I searched for when picking my school. The rowing program not only gives me the opportunity to continue competing in a sport I feel passionate about but it also provides a community of wonderful coaches and supportive teammates."

Emily George | St. Paul's School | Concord, N.H.

George competed at St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H. after transferring from New Hampton School after two years. At New Hampton, she put together a perfect 4.0 GPA and holds four years of rowing experience. She is set to study Physiology and Neurobiology at UConn.

Sydney Gibbs | Bainbridge High School | Bainbridge, Wash.

Gibbs will join the Husky program with three years of rowing experience at Bainbridge High School in Bainbridge, Wash. Recently, she Coxed the Women's Lightweight 8+ to a 9th place finish at the 2014 US Rowing Youth National Championship. In addition to her rowing work, she also plays on the varsity women's basketball team. She plans to double major in Business and Psychology.

 "Coming from a high school rowing program of an extremely closely knit group of girls, I knew that was exactly what I wanted in college as well, and from the first moment I met the team at UConn, I could tell they were precisely that. I loved the atmosphere on campus and the energy and passion I felt from everyone around me during my visit was electrifying. I think UConn is the perfect fit for me both academically and athletically, and I can't wait to call myself a Husky!"

 Bridget Murphy | Weston High School | Weston, Conn.

Murphy has four years of rowing experience, including a second-place finish at the 2014 San Diego Crew Classic in the second varsity 8+. She also finished second in the second varsity 8+ and first in the second varsity 4+ at the 2014 US Rowing Northeast regional championship. Murphy also finished third at the 2014 Head of the Charles Regatta in the varsity 4+.

"This sport is the toughest thing that I've done both mentally and physically," said Murphy. "It's taught me discipline that will really help me in all areas of life. I'm really looking forward to rowing for UConn."

 Kat Ratcliffe | Staples High School | Westport, Conn.

Ratcliffe boasts six years of rowing experience, including five years overseas, and went undefeated in the fall of 2014 in the varsity 8+ and varsity 4+ with Saugatuck Rowing Club, including a win at the 2014 Head of the Charles Regatta in the women's youth 8+. Additiionally, she earned silver at the 2012 United Kingdom Nationals in Nottingham in the varsity 8+. She plans to study Communications at UConn.

"I'm really looking forward to being part of a great team in the making. I've lived in the US for less than a year - it's hard to call somewhere home when you've lived in a place for a short amount of time, but as soon as I met the coaches and the girls at UConn, I felt at home. I admire Coach Wendry's work ethic and vision for the crew, and I'm ready to fully immerse myself in the best Connecticut has to offer. I'm really excited to be a part of the UConn team and the University atmosphere."