Women's Rowing Adds a Quintet of New Lions

May 20, 2013

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LOS ANGELES - Fresh off a second consecutive third place finish at the West Coast Conference Championship, LMU Director of Rowing Vaclav Kacir announced Monday the signing of five student-athletes who will join the Lions in the fall of 2013.

Ciara Campbell, Clara Brackbill, Hanora Tracy, Numa Dorling and Toni Boteva bring Kacir's second recruiting class at LMU to nine as the quartet join Madison Hodgkins, Louisa Del Valle, Emily Harris and Karina Yalcin, who signed with the Lions in November.

"The LMU rowing staff is very excited about the incoming class," said Kacir. "We are very happy to add Ciara, Clara, Hanora, Numa and Toni to the class. The members of the group all have a varied backgrounds in rowing and other sports, and all of them are great competitors. The incoming class will help the Lions to bring our rowing program to another level and I am looking forward to working with each and every one of these student-athletes.

Ciara Campbell

Campbell hails from Los Gatos, Calif., where she attended Archbishop Mitty High School. She began rowing in the fall of 2009 and competes with the Los Gatos Rowing Club and coaches Jamie Velez and Matt Pinschmidt. Her most memorable races to-date were placing second in the Lightweight 8+ at the 2012 and 2013 San Diego Crew Classic.

Clara Brackbill

Brackbill comes to LMU from Seattle where she rowed for coaches Coby Stites and Karen Maxwell with the Greenlake Crew Club. The multi-sport athlete competed in basketball, soccer, softball and track before adding rowing to the list in the fall of 2011. Her most notable race in her short career was a third place finish at the 2012 Head of the Charles.

Hanora Tracy

A Coxsackie, N.Y., native, Tracy began rowing in the fall of 2011. She attended The Doane Stuart School and rowed for coach Mike ManMinn and the Albany Rowing Club. Her most notable achievements to-date are placing second at the New York State Scholastic Championships in 2012 and qualifying for the Varsity 8+ for the 2012 USRowing Youth Nationals.

Toni Boteva

Boteva joins the Lion squad from Sofia, Bulgaria, where she began rowing in 2006, most recently competing for coach Viktoria Grunchova and the Armee Rowing Club. Boteva sites her fourth place (2x) and sixth place (1x) finishes at the Junior World Rowing Championships as her most notable achievements.

Rounding out the class is Dorling who hails from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where she attended Victoria High School and rowed for coaches Connor Elsdon-McLeod and Alex Walker with the Gorge Rowing Center. The former swimmer turned to rowing her freshman year in high school and includes a pairs gold medal finish at the 2011 Brentwood Regatta, a pairs gold medal finish at the 2011 Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association regatta and a first place finish at the 2011 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in the junior quad event as her most memorable races to-date.




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