Husky Women's Crew Signs Stellar Class

Jan. 25, 2006

SEATTLE - The University of Washington women's rowing team has received National Letters of Intent from eight high school seniors, head coach Eleanor McElvaine announced.

The young women who will join the Huskies in 2007 are: Alison Browning (Rolling Hills, CA), Meredith Dugoni (West Linn, OR), Erin Knox (Snohomish, WA), Emily Koltuniak (Grosse Pointe, MI), Kira O'Sullivan (Victoria, BC), Jennifer Park (Woodinville, WA), Kara Rybczyk (Weston, CT) and Madeline Tuesley (Seattle, WA).

'We are very excited about this class. These women have great potential, and they bring a lot of racing experience with them. It's a great mix of talented local and national student-athletes and we are glad they are going to be Huskies' coach McElvaine says.

Alison Browning rows for Long Beach Junior Crew and was part of the U.S. team at the 2005 CANAMEX races. 'In the University of Washington I found a school that would not only provide an exceptional education but also a rowing program of the same quality,' says Browning of her decision.

Meredith Dugoni comes to Washington from Rose City Rowing Club in Portland.'I am so excited to be a part of this team. I want to help UW win the NCAAs in the next few years,' says Dugoni.

Erin Knox comes from Everett Rowing Association and has been in their varsity eight for three years. Their crew was second in the nation last spring. She is also a two-time member of the U.S. Junior National Team, competing in the eight at the World Championships. 'I chose Washington because of the tradition,' says Knox. 'I'm inspired by the excellence of generations of rowers before me. I want to be a part of upholding that commitment to excellence, and setting a standard for the generations to follow.'

Emily Koltuniak rows for Detroit Women's Rowing Association where she has been a strong leader in her time there. 'We found out about Emily some time ago and from the start I knew she would be a great fit with our University and rowing program,' says recruiting coordinator Sean Mulligan.

Kira O'Sullivan is a member of Victoria City Rowing Club and attends the Claremont Sports Institute. 'Kira comes from a great program and she is one of those athletes you meet and you know her potential is unlimited,' says Mulligan.

Jennifer Park is another local athlete, crossing the lake from Sammamish Rowing Association. 'I decided to come to the UW because it has the majors I am interested in, an amazing crew team, and it's close to home,' Park says of her decision.

Kara Rybczyk comes from Maritime Rowing Club in Connecticut where she was a two-year varsity eight athlete. 'When I took my visit to Washington the moment I got there, everything just felt right,' says Rybczyk. 'I love how the team is so united, both the men's and women's teams, which was something that I did not find in a lot of other schools that I looked at.'

Madeline Tuesley will bring her experience from the successful Green Lake Crew to the Huskies in 2006. 'When presented with the chance of becoming a part of such a historical and prestigious crew team there was no question. The University of Washington is also a highly respected academic institution and I knew that it would provide me with the tools I needed to succeed in life,' Tuesley says.

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