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Aug. 23, 1999

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia women’s rowing head coachKevin Sauer has announced that 19 student-athletes have declared theirintention to attend UVa and compete in the Cavaliers’ rowing program. Nineindividuals have signed national letters of intent to attend Virginia and10 have accepted offers of admission from UVa.

The student-athletes signing letters of intent include Dana Berlin(Beverly Farms, Mass.), Jessica Busch (Ardmore, Pa.), Reese Cardwell(Orlando, Fla.), Andrea Czarkowski (Gainesville, Va.), Claudia Durkin(Meadowbrook, Pa.), Nikki Flindall (St. Catherine’s, Ontario, Canada),Amanda Kennedy (Tilsonburg, Ontario, Canada), Risa Mandzuk (St.Catherine’s, Ontario, Canada) and Clare Zusky (Wellesley, Mass.).

Czarkowski was a high school national champion, Durkin was a memberof the 1999 United States Junior National Team, Flindall was a member ofthe 1997 Canadian Junior National Team and Mandzuk was a member of the 1998Canadian Junior National Team. Durkin earned a silver medal in the women’seight at the 1999 Junior World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

The student-athletes accepting offers of admission from UVa includeTamsin Chance (New York, N.Y.), Liza Green (Charlottesville, Va.),Christine Jensen (Arlington, Va.), Meaghan Keeley (Clarksburg, W.Va.),Julia Midland (Earlysville, Va.), Lauren Platenberg (McLean, Va.), AbbyRamirez (Brookfield, Wisc.), Emily Richard (Grosse Point, Mich.), ShannonTocchio (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) and Maria Tumboken (Bluefield, Va.).

Green and Keeley competed at St. Andrew’s School in Delaware. Theycompeted in a boat that finished second at the high school nationalchampionships.

“We have a great cross section of talent in this year’s class,obvious international experience plus some very good national experience,”Sauer said. “I look forward to many individuals in this class making apositive impact very soon.”

Virginia finished tied with Brown in the final team standings atthe 1999 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships. Virginia and Brown bothfinished with 56 points in the team competition, but the team championshipwent to Brown based on the NCAA tiebreaker of highest finish in the firstvarsity eight. UVa’s second varsity eight won the national championship inthat event.

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