Cal Inks 3 Rowers to National Letters of Intent

May 12, 2008

BERKELEY - The California women's crew program signed three recruits to National Letters of Intent this spring, with Golden Bears head coach Dave O'Neill bringing in a daughter of a Cal alumnus (Brittany Santucci), a Norwegian international (Kristina Lofman) and a Berkeley product (Zoe Janachek).

Janachek, a 5-9 Berkeley High School student-athlete, is the captain of her Oakland Strokes club and has been rowing for four years. She combines a terrific work ethic with a calm demeanor. Her leadership skills will be important throughout her tenure at Cal.

'Zoe is a really good kid and tireless worker,' O'Neill said. 'She spent a fair amount of time this fall taking care of an injury, and it was impressive how she took care of herself, kept things in perspective and got ready for the spring. She is going to do very well on our team.'

The 5-11 Lofman comes to Cal highly recommended and looks to be a perfect fit for Cal women's crew. The native of Oslo, Norway, represented her country at the junior world championships in the double in 2006 and 2007, placing 16th and fourth, respectively.

'I am really looking forward to working with Kristina,' O'Neill said. 'She has already shown to be a team player, and I was impressed with her noticeable improvement in the double. She is strong rower and is becoming more proficient. It's obvious she's an athlete with the right attitude.'

Santucci, a 6-1 rower from Beaverton, Ore., is the daughter of John Santucci, an oarsman for Cal men's crew in the early 1980s. Brittany Santucci was a starter on the Southridge High School basketball team that won its fourth straight state title this past March.

'I have been really impressed with Brittany,' O'Neill said. 'She has shown that she knows what it takes to win, and, more importantly, knows how difficult it is to sustain excellence from one year to the next. That type of mindset most certainly translates from one sport to the next.'

The current Cal team will send the nation's No. 2-ranked varsity eight into action in the Pac-10 Rowing Championships on Sunday, May 18, at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. On May 20, the NCAA will announce its selections for the upcoming NCAA Women's Rowing Championships. Cal is the host of the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships, which will take place May 30-June 1 at Lake Natoma.

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