Women's Rowing Signs Nine To Letters Of Intent

Nov. 22, 2005

The UCLA Women's Rowing Team has announced the signing of nine high school seniors to national letters of intent. Charlotte Burke, Renee Cornwell, Kaitlin Doering, Lynn Hancock, Alexandra Lauren, Brittany Liljeqvist, Lily Sakkis, Anne Schier, and Destinie Slavich will join the Bruins for the Fall 2006 season.

Charlotte Burke attends Redwood High School in Belvedere, Calif. She is a four-year member of the Marin Rowing Association and will join three of her former teammates who are current UCLA team members. Burke rowed in Marin's top crew last year and captured a silver medal in the women's eight event at the USRowing Southwest Region Junior Championships. This year, she again holds a seat in the first boat. Burke played volleyball for her high school as a freshman before devoting her attention to rowing.

Renee Cornwell lives in Lake Forest, Calif. and attends El Toro High School. She is in her fourth year on the El Toro women's water polo team, winners of the Division I South Coast League in 2005. Cornwell also swam for El Toro for three years as a freestyle specialist. She was league champion in the 500 free as a sophomore and as a junior. Cornwell first started rowing at the Newport Aquatic Center during the summer of 2003 and joined the NAC competitive junior program this fall. She recently competed in two events at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival, where she rowed in NAC's third place junior eight and then stroked NAC's novice crew to victory in the novice junior eight event.

Kaitlin Doering, from Alameda High School, is in her fourth year rowing with the Oakland Strokes program. Prior to starting high school she was a competitive swimmer specializing in the 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, and the 200 IM. Doering started her rowing career under the tutelage of long time Oakland Strokes coach and UCLA graduate Beth Anderson before moving on to varsity coach Derek Byrnes. Last year Doering rowed in the Strokes second varsity eight and second varsity four. Both crews won silver medals at the USRowing Southwest Region Junior Rowing Championships.

Lynn Hancock attends Crofton House School in Vancouver, B.C. She competed on Crofton House School's rowing team as a freshman and sophomore and claimed first place at the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association Championships in the junior women's single and double. Hancock is in her fourth year of rowing for the Burnaby Lake Rowing Club. She made the Canadian U-18 development squad in the summer of 2005 and competed in the pair, quad, and eight at the CanAmMex Regatta in Tennessee. At the 2005 Canadian Henley Regatta, Hancock won a gold medal in the junior women's quad and placed fourth in the junior women's single.

Alexandra Lauren lives in Sarasota, Fla. and attends the Taft School in Watertown, Conn. Throughout her prep career, she has played volleyball for Taft, which won the Founders' League and placed second in New England last year. Lauren has also competed with the Taft School rowing team since her freshman year. She rowed in the third four as a freshman before moving up to the first four in her sophomore year. Lauren follows in the footsteps of three of her siblings who played Division I sports.

Coxswain Brittany Liljeqvist is from Wilton, Conn. and is an honor student at Wilton High School. She joined the Norwalk River Rowing Association when she was a freshman in high school and moved to the Maritime Rowing Club after two years. This is her second year as team captain. She attended the USRowing Junior Women's National Team Development Camp in 2003 and 2004. Liljeqvist won a national championship in the Junior B (16 and under) eight at the 2003 U. S. National Championships and a bronze medal in the Junior B four event. In the 2005-2006 season, Liljeqvist steered her team to victory for a second year in a row in the junior eight and junior four categories at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival.

Lily Sakkis lives in Moraga, Calif. and attends Campolindo High School. She started her athletic career as a volleyball player, competing for five years with the Players Norcal Club and two years with her high school. She shifted over to water polo during her junior year and then joined the Oakland Strokes rowing program in January 2004. In her first season, she made Oakland's top novice crew. She rejoins Oakland Strokes in November after the completion of her water polo season.

Anne Schier is the third member of this year's Oakland Strokes rowing team to come to UCLA next fall. She lives in Orinda, Calif. and attends Miramonte High School, where she is a National Merit commended student. Since joining the Oakland Strokes as a freshman, she advanced from the novice crew to third varsity crew as a sophomore to bow seat in last year's first eight. In 2005, the Oakland Strokes eight won gold medals at the USRowing Southwest Region Junior Rowing Championships, the USRowing Youth Invitational, and the Women's Henley Regatta in England. So far this year Schier is holding down the seven seat in the top eight for Oakland Strokes, and they have won the Head of the American and placed second at the Head of the Lake.

Destinie Slavich, from San Francisco, Calif. attends Lowell High School. She started rowing in her junior year as a member of the Pacific Rowing Club. She rowed in the PRC novice eight that year and placed third at the USRowing Southwest Region Junior Championships. Now rowing with PRC's first boat, Slavich has competed at the Head of the American in Sacramento and the Head of the Lake in Seattle. As a freshman and sophomore, she swam the 50 free, 100 free, and 100 fly for the Lowell High School swim team. She garnered third place on the all city team as an individual while her team captured the all city title.

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