KU Rowing Adds 10 During Fall Signing Period
Dec. 5, 2012
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Lawrence, Kan. - The Kansas rowing team took another step forward during the fall signing period as the program received 10 National Letters of Intent from student-athletes who will begin classes and competition for the Jayhawks in the fall of 2013.
The class includes five athletes with strong rowing backgrounds and five with proven athletic ability that should translate well to rowing.
"All the rowers had great junior years and we are looking forward to strong senior campaigns for them before they move to collegiate rowing," KU head coach Rob Catloth said. "With the inexperienced rowers we feel with their athleticism and competitive nature they should fit in and have successful rowing careers."
The class of 2013 includes: Maddie Irelan (Dublin, Ohio), Lexie Lanphere (Shorewood, Wis.), Kat Young (Chesterfield, Mo.), Emma O'Neill (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada), Madi Hovis (St. Peters, Mo.), Olivia Loney (Lawrence, Kan.), Rayna Barnes (Peabody, Kan.), Kylee Dewey (Silver Lake, Kan.), Brittney Railsback (Lenexa, Kan.) and Emily Kaye Ruble (Leavenworth, Kan.).
"We are excited about the entire class and looking for all of them to compete for spots in boats from the get go," Catloth added.
Maddie Irelan | Dublin, Ohio | Dublin Jerome HS
Irelan is also active in Student Senate and the student broadcasting program at her high school. She is the host of "Dublin City Schools Today" which is a monthly TV show that airs in Columbus. She is an award-winning producer for her public service campaign regarding athletes against drinking.
The daughter of Tom and Tanya Irelan, Maddie plans to major in broadcast journalism. Maddie's sister, Bailey, rows at Rutgers.
"From the minute I stepped foot on campus I knew it was the right place for me," Irelan said. "Everything made me want to become a Jayhawk, from the journalism school, to the coaches, to the women on the team."
Lexie Lanphere | Shorewood, Wis. | Shorewood HS
Lexie is the daughter of Lawrence and Bonnie Lanphere and sister to a younger brother, William. Her father and sister, Lauren, swam at the collegiate level. Lexie plans on majoring in creative writing.
"The KU campus is beautiful with its matching buildings, hills and greenery. The overall feel is just one of excitement and I knew the minute I visited campus that I loved KU," Lanphere said. "The rowing team is my favorite out of all the schools I visited. The girls are super nice and welcoming and there is a good balance between having fun and intensity. I love the coaching staff as they made me feel welcome and the team dynamic is what I am looking for."
Kat Young | Chesterfield, Mo. | Parkway West HS
The future graphic design major is the daughter of Brad and Carol Young. Kat has two younger sisters, Laura and Emily.
"Kansas was the obvious choice for me. It was really a no-brainer," Young said. "Everywhere else I looked felt like a compromise, but I'm confident that KU is the perfect fit for me, both as an athlete and a student. The only downside of deciding early is that I can't wait to start."
Madi Hovis | St. Peters, Mo. | Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School
Madi, the daughter of George and Lori Hovis, is planning on majoring in secondary education. Madi has two older brothers, Drake and Conor, who wrestled collegiately. Madi also has an older sister, Haley.
"Kansas gives off great vibes," Hovis said. "I know Kansas will be there for me as I grow as a student-athlete and even more importantly, as a person. I am a very competitive person and I knew at Kansas I would be pushed beyond my limit in the classroom and in the boat. Kansas is exactly what I'm looking for. The campus is beautiful along with the welcoming smiles from students, faculty and staff; I was hooked from day one."
Emma O'Neill | St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada | Governor Simcoe Secondary School
The daughter of Susan and Jerry O'Neill, Emma is undecided on a major and has one younger sister, Claire.
"The great academics and all the resources the rowing team has were a major factor in choosing KU", said O'Neill. "The facilities that the team trains at are beyond incredible. I loved the atmosphere at the school and it felt like a true college town. The girls on the team were so welcoming and the coaching staff made me feel like I was already a part of the team. Overall, I felt like it was home and somewhere that I can reach my fullest potential."
Rayna Barnes | Peabody, Kan. | Peabody-Burns HS
The future athletic training major is the daughter of Erik and JoLonna Barnes. Rayna has one sister, Paige.
"I chose KU because I loved the feeling I had while walking around campus and I knew I could see myself being there," said Barnes. "I also loved the fact of knowing that I would be a part of a very successful program and that I would get to be surrounded by amazing people everyday."
Kylee Dewey | Silver Lake, Kan. | Silver Lake HS
Kylee is the daughter of Ed and Colleen Dewey and Steve and Ronda Pegram. She plans on majoring in physical therapy or pharmacy. Kylee's siblings are also successful athletes. Her brother, Logan, played football at Northern Illinois while her brother, Brit, plays football at Washburn. Kylee's sister, Whitney, played basketball at Oklahoma State. Kylee also has one younger sister, Cassie.
"I chose Kansas because I really felt at home there," Dewey said. "I could see myself being there, getting my education and competing in athletics."
Brittney Railsback | Lenexa, Kan. | Shawnee Mission West HS
Brittney is the daughter of Rex and Tina Railsback and is planning on majoring in pre-physical therapy. She has one sister, Meghan.
"I chose to go to KU because it is the university I have always wanted to go to," Railsback said. "Even after looking at many different places, I only felt at home at KU. I also can't wait to become part of the Jayhawk family."
Emily Kaye Ruble | Leavenworth, Kan. | Leavenworth HS
Emily Kaye is the daughter of Milton and Laura Ruble and is planning on majoring in early education. Emily Kaye has one brother, Isaac.
"Although at times the search for my college home was confusing and stressful all the signs kept pointing back to KU," Ruble said. "I had a gut feeling that KU was the place for me and jumped at the opportunity. Plus, why would anyone want to go anywhere else? Rock Chalk."
Olivia Loney | Lawrence, Kan. | Lawrence Free State HS
Olivia is the daughter of Paul and Catrina Loney and plans on majoring in accounting. Olivia has five siblings: Elise, Adelle, Eli, Isabel and Ingrid.
"I like the future I see for myself that will happen after I attend KU," said Loney.
The spring rowing season will kick off March 8-10, 2013 at the Oklahoma Invite. During the spring season, KU will row in eight competitions, host the Big 12 Championship and finish with the Conference USA Championships, which will determine if KU qualifies for the NCAA Championships.
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