Golden Bears sign six in the 2006 Recruiting Class

Dec. 7, 2004

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California women's crew head coach Dave O'Neill signed six, 'terrific rowers' this past signing period.

Expected to compete for the Bears beginning in the 2005-2006 season are Melissa Herman (Capital Crew/Rocklin, Calif.), Claire Hill (Norwalk River R.A/Westport, Conn.), Elena Humphreys (Capital Crew/ Carmichael, Calif.), Camilla Salem (Los Gatos RC/ Los Gatos, Calif.), Jenee Scott (Pacific RC / San Francisco, Calif.) and Samantha Silvia (Saint Ignatius Prep/San Francisco, Calif.).

'I am really excited with the six that have signed early letters of intent,' said O'Neill. 'These recruits are going to add a lot to our program, and I anticipate they will contribute immediately. More importantly, they all have shown great potential, and our system is very good at developing athletes. Our recruiting continues to go very well.'

Herman had been rowing three years for Capital Crew where she won a silver medal at 2003 USRowing Youth Invitational (4+). She participated in the 2004 the pre-elite camp at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center.

'I am thrilled Melissa has chosen to come to Cal. Melissa rows really well and has high standards, so she is going to do very well in our program,' O'Neill said.

Hill has rowed for three years. She was selected to the US Junior Women's National Team Development Camp and won the Women's Intermediate 8+ at the US Rowing National Championships.

'Cal offers strong academics, world-class athletics, and outstanding opportunities,' said Hill, who hopes to win the 'Pac-10 Championships and NCAAs' while at Cal.

'Claire has had great success over the last year with her club team and over the summer with the development camp. She has proven to be someone who moves boats,' O'Neill said.

Humphreys, a third year rower, 'decided to come to Cal because of its excellent academics and athletics.' Her goals at Cal are to 'win NCAAs ... and be successful within the Cal rowing program.'

'Elena is developing into a terrific athlete and has a personality that will be great here in Berkeley,' O'Neill said.

Salem is currently in her fourth year of rowing at the Los Gatos Rowing Club where she placed fourth at the Southwest Junior Regional Championships 2004. Salem was invited to Sacramento State development camp, and selected for the racing team. The junior 4+ she rowed with took 3rd at the 2004 US Rowing Nationals.

'As a collegiate athlete I want to row for the best team in America,' said Salem. 'I look forward to realizing my potential as an athlete and contributing everything I have to the team. I think my experience with Cal women's crew will influence how I define myself in the future.'

'I chose Cal because it's an amazing opportunity to excel both as an athlete and as a student,' said Salem. 'I'm so excited to have the opportunity to row with one of the most competitive teams in the nation, and to attend one of the most prestigious universities in the world.'

'We have been looking at Camilla for a few years, and she continues to impress us as an athlete and a person. I am very pleased to have her as a Golden Bear,' O'Neill said.

Scott has rowed for four years and is currently team captain of Pacific Rowing Club. She stroked the Varsity to a gold medal finish at Head of the American.

'I chose Cal because I wanted a place where I could excel in academics, row for a competitive team, and stay close to home, ' said Scott. 'As a collegiate athlete, I want bring my level of athleticism to the next level and be able to compete with the top ranked athletes and teams in the country.'

'Jenee is very strong and rows very well. I expect her to play a significant role next year and for years to come,' O'Neill said.

Silvia has rowed for four years at Saint Ignatius Prep. She was a member of the 2003 U.S. junior national team development camp.

'Like many of the women from S.I., (Samantha) is a fierce competitor and a quality individual. She will add a lot to the program,' O'Neill said.

The Golden Bears open the spring 2005 competition versus University of British Columbia on March 19 at Redwood Shores.

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