Cal Women's Crew Signs Six Recruits to Letters of Intent

Nov. 14, 2008

BERKELEY - The California women's crew program signed six athletes, including three San Francisco Bay Area products, to National Letters of Intent, Golden Bears head coach Dave O'Neill announced on Friday. O'Neill's entire class hails from the Golden State and includes Erika Griebenow, Heather Hargreaves, Kara Kohler, Erica Rippe, Caroline Rosetti and Hailey Wunsch. Rippe, Rosetti and Wuncsch won the women's varsity eight title with the Marin Rowing Association at last June's USRowing Youth National Championships.

'This year's recruiting class is a terrific group of recruits,' O'Neill said. 'All the athletes who have committed to Cal will play an immediate impact on the program, and we will continue to add this fine class in the weeks ahead. There are some important qualities we look for during the recruiting process, and all of our recruits understand what is needed to be successful in our program.'

Here is a look at Cal's newest Bears:

Erika Griebenow, 5-10, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Mira Costa HS, Marina Aquatic Center Juniors

Started rowing last year and among the strongest rowers in her club's history. Powerful rower with a terrific attitude.

O'Neill: 'I am thrilled that Erika is coming to Cal. She is still relatively new to the sport, but she is impressive in every way. She's a strong kid with a positive spirit about her, so she will fit into our program perfectly.'

Heather Hargreaves, 5-9, Los Alamitos, Calif.
Los Alamitos HS, Long Beach Junior Crew

Participated in the 2008 USRowing Junior Development Camp.

O'Neill: 'Heather is another rower who started rowing last year, but she has progressed extremely well. She's very focused and coachable, and she's a real competitor. I'm very much looking forward to working with her.'

Kara Kohler, 6-1, Clayton, Calif.
Clayton Valley HS, Crow Canyon Sharks (swimming)

Outstanding swimmer who will make the transition to rowing at Cal. Recruited by a number of Division I schools for swimming.

O'Neill: 'Our team looks for athletes who work hard and have a great attitude, and this certainly describes Kara. She's a great kid and terrific athlete, and the time she has spent in the pool will directly translate to success on the water.'

Erica Rippe, 5-10, San Anselmo, Calif.
Sir Francis Drake HS, Marin Rowing Association

Member of the Marin Rowing Association boat that won the WV8 title at the 2008 USRowing Youth National Championships. Invited to USRowing's Junior National Team Selection Camp.

O'Neill: 'Erica is a tough kid and talented rower, and she has done some terrific things at Marin. She is a proven winner, and I'm excited to work with her.'

Caroline Rosetti, 5-9, San Francisco, Calif.
Convent of the Sacred Heart HS, Marin Rowing Association

Four-year rower at Marin RA. Member of Marin RA's WV8 that won the 2008 USRowing Youth national championship. Invited to USRowing's Junior National Team Selection Camp.

O'Neill: 'Caroline is another hard worker, and it has been impressive to see her at some of her team's workouts. She's smooth, powerful and consistent, so she'll have a real impact on our team.'

Hailey Wunsch, 6-1, San Rafael, Calif.
Terra Linda HS, Marin Rowing Association

Won the WV8 title with the Marin RA at the 2008 USRowing Youth National Championships. Invited to USRowing's Junior National Team Selection Camp.

O'Neill: 'Hailey has a positive outlook and works hard, so it's no surprise she has done so well with Marin. She has a good feel and rhythm along with great length. She has a terrific future ahead.'

In addition to the six recruits who signed NLIs, there are a number of other recruits who have verbally committed to the Cal program.

Cal, the defending Pac-10 champion that took third place overall in last season's NCAA Championships, opens the 2009 season with the March 28-29 Pac-10 Challenge in Redwood Shores, Calif.

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