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Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Release: 08/08/2014

As head coach Paul Rassam begins his second decade as the Princeton women’s lightweight head coach, he continues to seek the most talented recruits in the nation and try to build a varsity eight that challenges for gold at both Sprints and IRAs.

Last season, Rassam brought in three freshmen who all spent at least some time in the varsity boat. Two of them races in the IRA championship final, and also helped the Tigers to the Sprints medal stand.

He has similar hopes for his four recruits in the Class of 2018, who will compete for spots in a varsity boat that only lost two seniors following the 2014 season. That type of competition should enhance an already talented boat that will have the likes of Harvard and Stanford squarely in its focus.

Shelby Edmondson
Los Alamitos, Calif. • Los Alamitos

Before Princeton — earned bronze medals in both the 2013 and 2014 Youth National Championships … won three gold medals at the Southwest Junior Regional Championships, including 2014 golds in the lightweight eight and double; won three medals during the 2013 Championships … competed in the 2012 Head of the Charles … rowed for the Long Beach Junior Crew … valedictorian … member of the USRowing Honor Roll … California Scholarship Foundation Gold Seal Bearer … member of the National Honor Society … has volunteered 500 hours of community service.

Personal — born Sept. 20, 1996 … daughter of Steve and Karyn Edmondson … has a younger brother Holden … enjoys hiking, baking and skiing … may study molecular biology.

Monica Gomez
Orlando, Fla. • Winter Park

Before Princeton — medaled twice and competed four times at the Stotesbury Cup regatta … led Winter Park to Florida state championship as a senior captain; team also won gold in 2013 and silver in 2012 … recipient of a 2014 SRAA scholarship … won gold and the team all-points title at the 2014 East District championship … earned the Captains Award … USRowing Scholastic Honor Roll honorable mention … Student-Athlete Scholar … member of the International Baccalaureate Program … member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, the Science Honor Society, the Social Studies Honor Society and the Math Honor Society … member of the class cabinet … PRISM Scholar and Orange County Super Scholar.

Personal — born May 26, 1996 … daughter of Ronald and Vanessa Gomez … has a younger sister Amanda … plays the piano and saxophone … enjoys drawing and painting … may study chemical and biological engineering.

Grace Miles
Bainbridge Island, Wash. • Holy Names Academy

Before Princeton — won gold in the women’s lightweight single at the 2014 Youth Nationals … competed in both the 2012 and 2013 Youth Nationals in the double; placed fifth during the 2013 Championships … 2014 NW Ergomania 2K champion … competed in the 2014 U-23 rowing trials … valedictorian … recipient of the President’s Award for Educational Excellence … Washington State Honor Award recipient … AP Scholar with Distinction … NCWIT Washington State Award winner … Bainbridge Compassionate Action Award winner.

Personal — born Aug. 30, 1996 … daughter of Raymond and Ruth Miles … has an older sister Nancy and a younger brother Peter … Nancy rowed at the Senior and Junior World Championships … enjoys running, reading and traveling.

Megan Mirabella
North Wales, Pa. • Mount St. Joseph Academy

Before Princeton — coxed the V8+ to gold at the 2014 Stotesbury Cup Regatta … won silver medal at the 2014 SRAA National Championships … competed in the 2012 Women’s Henley Regatta in England … raced in the 2013 Head of the Charles and in the 2014 USRowing Youth National Championships … AP Scholar with Distinction … Diocesan Scholar nominee … National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society member … received the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Award for High Achievement on the SAT … National Merit Scholarship winner.

Personal — born Jan. 28, 1996 … daughter of John and Maureen Mirabella … has an older sister Katie and three younger siblings: Connor, Declan and Erin … Katie rows for the Princeton women’s lightweights … enjoys running, baking and color-coding … may study political science.

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