The Princeton open rowing team will enter the upcoming season as the two-time defending Ivy League champion, but it will also have several holes in each of its top boats after the graduation of a deep and talented Class of 2014.
Head coach Lori Dauphiny hopes that several of them will be filled by a class that also looks to be both deep and talented, even if it won't have the immediate experience of that outgoing senior class.
Dauphiny recently announced her Class of 2018, which included three rowers (Melissa Curtis, Riley MacAulay and Erica Swartwout) who rowed together in the women's eight at the recent Junior World Championships (Aug. 1-8) in Hamburg, Germany. The trio comprised three of the four bow seats, and they led the American eight to the A final.
"While we had not been together for long, we quickly sensed a strong bond between each other, Swartwout said. "As the summer progressed and we became closer, the entire boat’s chemistry strengthened. Most of our training took place at the Shea Boathouse, so Princeton Rowing was quite a popular topic of discussion. We even sent out a group email to Coach Lori when we found out that we made the World’s Team."
"I loved having two of my future teammates in my boat," MacAulay added. "Somehow, all three of us ended up in bow 4 too, so the 8+ had a high concentration of Tiger pride. While training at Princeton, it was wonderful getting to be out on Lake Carnegie, rowing in such nice conditions, and it made me super excited for what is to come."
You can read about all 13 members of the Class of 2018 below.
Norwalk, Conn. • Greenwich Academy
Before Princeton — competed in the Henley Women’s Regatta and the Marlow Regatta … won the Girl’s School Invitational Trophy while rowing for Greenwich Academy … team captain … all-league honoree in basketball … three-year letterwinner and team captain in basketball … AP Scholar with Distinction … member of the Cum Laude Society … Greenwich Academy Athletic Department Award recipient.
Personal — born April 15, 1996 … daughter of Sergej and Elisabeth Bojic … has a younger sister Bridget … enjoys rollerblading and traveling … may study economics.
Rye, N.Y. • Rye
Before Princeton — competed in the W8+ at the 2014 U-23 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, and reached the A final … competed at the 2013 Junior World Championships … competed at the 2012, 2013 and 2014 US Rowing Youth Nationals; earned silver at the 2014 Nationals in the youth double … finished third at the 2013 CRASH-B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championships … finished fourth in the single sculls at the 2013 USRowing Youth National Championships … set the Greenwich Crew 2K record … recipient of the 2K Hammer Award named Team MVP and Most Improved during her time at Rye … also competed in track … Don Bosco and Carver Center volunteer coordinator … intern at the Holy Rosary.
Personal — born Jan. 28, 1996 … daughter of Michael and Petie Curtis … has an older brother Mason … interested in sharks and language … enjoys reading and writing … may study journalism.
Weston, Conn. • Weston
Before Princeton — led Saugatuck Rowing Club to fourth-place finish at the 2013 Head of the Charles in the V8+ … placed fifth at the 2014 Youth Nationals in the 4+ … placed second at the 2013 CRASH-B indoor rowing championships … 2014 Craft Award recipient … placed second in a Connecticut art competition … received two Spanish language awards.
Personal — born March 29, 1996 … daughter of Harris and Amy Diamond … has an older sister Samantha and an older brother Michael … enjoys drawing and watching movies.
Wellesley, Mass. • The Winsor School
Before Princeton — coxed The Winsor School to consecutive points trophies at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association championships, as well as a Scholastic Nationals title in the 4+ … recipient of the Crew Cup, given to the individual who made the greatest contribution to the team and had the most dedication … coxed three years at the Head of the Charles … coxed for three years after one as a rower and named team captain … graduated Magna Cum Laude … earned a gold medal and a silver medal on the National Latin Exam.
Personal — born Sept. 14, 1995 … daughter of William and Deborah Elfers … father is in the Princeton Class of 1971 … has a younger sister Amelia … studies German, and hopes to learn more languages.
Mercer Island, Wash. • Mercer Island
Before Princeton — competed in the W8+ at the 2014 U-23 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, and reached the A final … finished fourth in the quadruple sculls at the 2014 USRowing Youth National Championships … earned silver in the quadruple sculls at the 2013 USRowing Youth National Championships … rowed at both the Seattle Rowing Center and Mt. Baker Crew … member of the National Honor Society.
Personal — born July 15, 1996 … daughter of Rob MacAuley and Keri Ellison … father rowed at the University of Washington … has an older sister Lottie … plays the tuba … may study biology.
Oklahoma City, Okla. • Classen School
Before Princeton — competed at the U.S. Junior National Championships four times; placed fourth in the 8+ as a senior … two-time Female Athlete of the Year for the Oklahoma City Riversport club … has rowed since the seventh grade … class valedictorian … awarded an IB Diploma … member of the National Honor Society.
Personal — born Sept. 29, 1995 … daughter of Scott McMeekin and Cathy Gazzaniga … has two younger siblings, Jackson and Remy … interested in geosciences and history … enjoys reading, painting and watching old movies.
Milton, Mass. • Milton Academy
Before Princeton — rowing at the both the 2014 Nationals (8+) and the 2013 Nationals (4+) … won the 2013 Club Nationals in the pair … placed sixth at the 2013 Head of the Charles … won the 2013 Canadian Henley in the pair … rowed for Community Rowing … National Merit Finalist.
Personal — born Aug. 23, 1995 … daughter of John and Victorine Muse … has three siblings: Tom, Torie and Elizabeth.
Providence, R.I. • Tabor Academy
Before Princeton — rowed for Tabor Academy … holds the girls’ 2K boathouse record … earned varsity letters in both field hockey and basketball … captain of the basketball team and recipient of the 2014 Joan V. Roller Award.
Personal — born Oct. 24, 1994 … daughter of Steven Nappa and Sara Samoiloff … has an older sister Nina … enjoys playing basketball and travel.
Buena Park, Calif. • St. Joseph
Before Princeton — coxed the Long Beach Junior Crew to three straight top-five finishes at the Head of the Charles … coxed the V4+ to a regional title at the USRowing Junior Southwest Championships … coxed the L8+ and L4+ to wins at the Southwest Junior Regional Championships … coxed the WL8+ and 4+ to third-place finishes at the 2014 Youth National Championships; also coxed the L4+ to a bronze at the 2013 Youth Championships … valedictorian … vice president of the National Honor Society … Mu Alpha Theta member … National English Honor Society member … California Scholarship Federation member … Academic Decathlon media winner … National Hispanic Recognition Program finalist … National AP Scholar with Honor.
Personal — born Nov. 12, 1996 … daughter of Wilson and Cindy Navarro … has a younger sister Kiana … enjoys art history, travel and watching Saturday Night Live … may study anthropology.
Ft. Wright, Kent. • Notre Dame Academy
Before Princeton — earned silver medals at two Youth National Championships … selected to the 2013 U.S. Junior National Team … set Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club erg records for both 20 minutes and 2K pieces … nominated for the High School Sportswoman of the Year in rowing … earned gold and silver keys from the Scholastic Writing Awards … received the Brain Awareness Award from a therapeutic art show she entered.
Personal — born Aug. 6, 1996 … daughter of Steve Nurre and Lori Ruehl … has five siblings: Josh, Zack, Rachel, Jacob and Emma … volunteers at an Equine Therapy facility for troubled and disadvantaged youth … showed horses in high school … enjoys art and music … may study psychology.
Johannesburg, South Africa • St. Mary’s School
Before Princeton — competed at the 2013 Junior World Rowing Championships in the 4+ … rowed for the South African Junior National team in 2013 … two-time Most Outstanding Rower for St. Mary’s Rowing Club … won the fours at the 2013 South African Schools Rowing Championship; also won the fours at the 2012 South African Schools Boatrace … received Rowing and Sports Honors … won gold in the U18 eights and silver in the fours at the 2012 Ghent International Regatta.
Personal — born July 24, 1995 … daughter of Tony and Vanessa Nutter … has an older brother Ryan and a younger sister Gabriella … enjoys drawing, reading and skiing … may study molecular biology.
Lakeville, Conn. • Groton School
Before Princeton — competed at the 2014 Club Nationals and the Canadian Henley … trained for six weeks in 2013 at Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand … rowed four years at Groton and was team captain as a senior … lettered four years in basketball and two in cross country … won Most Improved Player (2012), Coaches Award (2013) and Team MVP (2014) in basketball … all-league selection and team captain in basketball.
Personal — born April 9, 1996 … daughter of Bill Reed and Jan Randall … has an older brother Donald and a younger brother Gavin … has done community service both locally and abroad in Kenya and Guatemala … enjoys visual arts, especially painting and ceramics … interested in biology.
Amityville, N.Y. • St. Anthony’s
Before Princeton — competed in the W8+ at the 2014 U-23 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, and reached the A final … won the eight and finished second in the four at the 2013 CanAmMex Regatta … team captain and led St. Anthony’s to second place in the New York State Championships … two-time Team MVP … four-time all-conference swimmer … Academic All-America … member of the Math Honor Society and the National Honor Society.
Personal — born July 26, 1996 … daughter of Bill and Gail Swartwout … has an older sister Christine and a younger brother Billy … grandfather Robert Egerton Swartwout was the first American to cox the Cambridge team to victory over Oxford (1930) … enjoys drawing, painting and sailing … may study premed, with a focus on biology.