NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma head rowing coach Leanne Crain and novice coach Emma Gresson announced the Sooners' 2013-14 novice rowing roster following the end of tryouts Tuesday.
Starting with 120 OU students at the tryout information meeting, the prospective rowers participated in a rigorous tryout spanning seven days, culminating in the selection of 47 women invited to join the defending Big 12 and Conference USA champions for the upcoming season.
"We are excited to welcome our walk-on novices who have impressed us during the tryout process," Crain said. "They have great energy and enthusiasm and will be great additions to our team."
The newest novices are akin to walk-ons in other sports, paying their own way while competing as a full-fledged Sooner student-athlete.
"The coaching staff and myself were really impressed by the athleticism and enthusiasm of the athletes trying out," Gresson commented. "This group demonstrated great determination and an awesome competitive nature that will take them far in rowing. The tryouts were dynamic and demanding and the athletes announced to the team were the ones that really stepped up. We are excited to start the year.”
OU begins the season in just over a month at the Head of the Oklahoma in Oklahoma City on Oct. 5.
|2013-14 OU NOVICE ROSTER|
|Amanda Ahadizadeh||Kristin Murto|
|Victoria Baker||Maegan Neihart|
|Ashley Brown||Elizabeth Nelson|
|Stephanie Busse||Courtney Payne|
|Alex Calzaretta||Susan Phifer|
|Megan Conner||Jacki Perrin|
|Danielle Cooper||Emily Ratliff|
|Asiah Derebery||Shandee Ratliff|
|Keenyn Duncan||Hallie Robertson|
|Kathryn Edens||Megan Rolke|
|Madison Farris||Shelby Sarantakos|
|Laura Fears||Katie Shackelford|
|Catherine Ha||Megan Snelling|
|Madison Heindenburg||Taylor Spencer|
|Alexandre Hopper||Sarah Tonseth|
|Christianna Isaacs||Anna Trammel|
|Mattea Jackson||Cayla Vanderweide|
|Rayna Jeter||Elizabeth Vernon|
|Jasmine Justus||Suzie Wilson|
|Elizabeth Le||Sydney Wyatt|
|Hallie Linn||Jalyn Yeakley|
|Isabella Mendoza||Erin Yeo|
|Brianna Moolbrock||Malia Zinn|