Women's Rowing Announces Class of 2020

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s head coach of women’s rowing, Wesley Ng, has announced his recruiting class for the Class of 2020. A total of 15 women will join the Penn women’s rowing program in August.

“The Class of 2020 has the potential to really change our level nationally, and I look forward to getting a chance to coach them to a new level,” said Ng, who is in the midst of his first year overseeing the Penn women’s rowing program. “The level of junior coaching that these athletes have enjoyed, along with their varied experiences in sculling and sweep, were very compelling during the recruiting process. The common connection is that they want to pursue an Ivy League championship with a great team of student-athletes and coaches supporting them.”

Ng came to Penn over the summer, after a highly successful tenure at Trinity College that included an NCAA team championship in 2014. In addition, he was head coach and led the United States women to their best finish ever at last summer’s Under-23 World Championships.

Biographical information on all of Penn’s recruits can be found below.

HOLLY BUTRICO
Warren, N.J. / Pingry School (Mountain Lakes Rowing Club)
5-6
High School: Fifth in Varsity 4+ at Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships … Also played on Building Blocks Elite Lacrosse team.
Personal: Daughter of Laura and Paul Butrico
Why Penn? “Penn's competitive rowing program, combined with the buzz and excitement of Philadelphia over the back-drop of an Ivy League school, made Penn the perfect fit for me. The coaching environment, the training program, and the promise of an education at one of America’s top business schools made me want to be a part of this university and team. I can’t wait to spend my next four years as a Quaker!”

SOPHIA CARLSON
Pittsburgh, Pa. / Three Rivers Rowing Association
5-10
High School: Varsity captain for Three Rivers Rowing Association … Made Junior National High Performance team and finished second at 2015 Club Nationals in the Varsity 8+ … Seventh in the Youth 4+ at 2015 Head of the Charles Regatta … Won two titles at 2015 Head of the Ohio (Varsity 8+, 2 without cox) … Three Rivers program record holder in the 6K erg.
Personal: Daughter of Marjorie and Bruce Carlson
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because of the opportunity to study subjects that I’m passionate about in one of the best institutions in the world, as well as being able to compete in my favorite sport with an amazing team and high-level coaches.”

JULIA CIOCCA
Fort Sill, Okla. / Mount St. Mary (OKC Riversport)
5-5
High School: Attended Junior National Team Development camp … Fourth in Varsity 8+ at Youth Nationals.
Personal: Daughter of Becky and Kevin Ciocca
Why Penn? “Penn, for me, has been a lifelong dream. The ability to study while surrounded by such a diverse and vibrant student body, faculty, and city has always attracted me to Penn. Now, being a student-athlete, I get to look forward to not just having that dream become a reality, but also getting to continue my passion for rowing at the next level.”

EMMA CRUZ
Garden Grove, Calif. / Los Alamitos (Long Beach Junior Crew)
5-2
High School: First place at 2015 Youth Nationals in Lightweight 4+ … First place at Head of the Charles in Youth 4+ … Three-time Scholar-Athlete (2013-15).
Personal: Daughter of Kara and Tom Cruz.
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because it is not only a world-class institution, but it is also a place where I felt at home. From the first day, the team welcomed me as if I had been with them for years. The campus is absolutely beautiful, and the coaches are inspirational. Because I am interested in bioengineering and wanted a competitive Division I rowing program, Penn stood out to me as a perfect academic and athletic fit.”

JENNY HOSLER
Piedmont, Calif. / Piedmont (Oakland Strokes)
5-10
High School: Team captain … Won gold in Lightweight 8+ at 2014 Youth Nationals … Took fourth in Youth 8+ at 2015 Head of the Charles Regatta.
Personal: Daughter of Lynne and Bill Hosler
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because of the infinite number of possibilities for me to pursue. I am excited to take advantage of the One University policy and fulfill my intellectual curiosity for business and engineering at Penn.”

GRACE JOHNSON
Westport, Conn. / Staples (Saugatuck Rowing Club)
5-7
High School: First place in Lightweight 8+ at Northeast Regionals and Youth Nationals … Second place at Connecticut Indoor Rowing Championships in Junior A Lightweight category.
Personal: Daughter of Merri and Keith Johnson
Why Penn? “I chose Penn for the excellent academics and outstanding facilities and coaches. I look forward to being a part of an outstanding team and continuing to build on the strong rowing tradition.”

FRANCES KANE
Seaville, N.J. / Ocean City
5-8
High School: Team captain and MVP for Ocean City … Finalist at SRA National Championships in both 2014 and 2015.
Personal: Daughter of Jennifer and Robert Kane.
Why Penn? “I love the fact that, at Penn, I have the excitement of the city along with the close campus feel. There is the possibility to explore new interests with the diverse classes that Penn offers. I felt very welcomed by the team and coaches, and their philosophy of balancing athletics and academics is a good fit for me. I am really excited to be part of the Penn rowing program, and hopefully help with its future success!”

CHRISTINA KNOX
Philadelphia, Pa. / Mount Saint Joseph Academy
5-9
High School: Co-captain and 2015 recipient of MSJ Coach’s Award … Helped Varsity 8+ to Stotesbury Regatta titles in 2014 and 2015 … Competed at Youth Nationals and Henley Women’s Regatta.
Personal: Daughter of Frances and Kevin Knox.
Why Penn? “Being born and raised in Philadelphia, I am looking forward to exploring my city at a deeper level while also becoming more academically and athletically enriched. Under the direction of Coach Ng and his coaching staff, I believe that the women’s rowing team is on a pathway to success, and I am excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the program.”

JILLIAN LUNDSTROM
Orinda, Calif. / Miramonte (Oakland Strokes)
5-8
High School: Won gold in Lightweight 8+ at 2014 Youth Nationals … Took second in Lightweight 8+ at 2015 Youth Nationals … Fourth in Youth 8+ at 2015 Head of the Charles Regatta.
Personal: Daughter of Susan and Lloyd Lundstrom
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because of the unique opportunity to take part in a newly headed competitive program while getting a top-of-the-line education; add in the multitude of eccentric and driven people, and there was no choice to be made. I could not be more excited to be a part of the University of Pennsylvania Class of 2020.”

SUSAN MARONEY
Port Washington, N.Y. / Paul D. Schreiber (Port Rowing)
5-10
High School: Second in Varsity 4+ at Long Island Championships.
Personal: Daughter of Michelle and Thomas Maroney
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because of its unparalleled academic and athletic opportunities. I look forward to the challenging courses, competitive yet balanced team atmosphere, and being in the heart of Philadelphia!”

CHLOE MURPHY
Manhasset, N.Y. / Manhasset Rowing Club
5-11
High School: Helped Manhasset to second in Varsity 8+ at 2015 Stotesbury Regatta … Varsity 8+ won New York state championship in 2015 … Took fourth in Youth 4+ at 2014 Head of the Charles Regatta … Also lettered in basketball at Manhasset, all-county as a junior and all-class as a sophomore.
Personal: Daughter of Maureen O’Callaghan and John Murphy.
Why Penn? “My goal, both academically and athletically, has always been to be a part of the University of Pennsylvania Class of 2020. Ever since I attended the Penn Rowing Camp my freshman year I have wanted to be a part of the team’s long history and help them make it to the NCAA Rowing Championships.”

SARAH SCHEID
Oakmont, Pa. / Shady Side Academy (Steel City Rowing Association)
5-8
High School: Team captain … Attended Junior National Team Sculling Selection Camp … Made the Junior Worlds Development Team and trained in Spain … Took third in both single sculls and quad sculls at Club Nationals.
Personal: Daughter of Susan and Edward Scheid.
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because it is somewhere I can see myself being really happy, both as a rower and as a student. The Schuylkill River has always been my favorite river to race on, so I can’t wait to call it my home course.”

ROMY SIMPSON
Kenwood, Calif. / West Contra Costa (Marin Rowing Association)
5-8
High School: Second in Youth 8+ at 2015 Head of the Charles Regatta … First in Junior 8+ at 2015 San Diego Crew Classic and Southwest Regionals.
Personal: Daughter of Catherine and Andrew Simpson.
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because of the combination of a rowing team that will allow me to contribute from the outset and stellar academics that will launch me into my ideal field.”

ALEX ULIN
Santa Monica, Calif. / Marlborough School (Marina Aquatic Center)
5-8
High School: Ninth in Varsity 8+ at 2015 Youth Nationals … Attended 2014 USRowing Development Camp … Sixth in Youth 8+ at 2014 Head of the Charles Regatta, 11th at the 2015 Head of the Charles.
Personal: Daughter of Ann Payson and Rob Ulin
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because of the opportunity to study engineering at one of the best universities and cities in the country, and because it gives me the ability to continue my favorite sport on an incredible team.”

ISABELLE WOLFF
Thousand Oaks, Calif. / Marina Aquatic Center
5-11
High School: Invited to US Junior National Team Selection camp … Made Junior World Development Team and trained in Spain … Accomplished single sculler.
Personal: Daughter of Ursula and Stuart Wolff
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because it presented me with the unique opportunity to pursue my love for business and rowing at the highest level. The Penn rowing program, and the school as a whole, is a place where I can see myself not only developing as a rower and a student, but as a person over the next four years.”