Women of Troy Sign Eleven|
Dec. 10, 2016
LOS ANGELES -
USC women's rowing head coach, Zenon Babraj, announced today the signing of 11 young women to the team. The majority of this group of student-athletes will arrive at Troy in the fall of 2017, while two will join the team beginning in the spring semester. They will all make an immediate impact for the Trojans.
"We are very pleased with the quality of our incoming class for next year which includes these talented rowers and coxswains who have signed with us and a few additional high level committed rowers, all of whom will bring a culture of hard work, excellence, and high expectation to our program," said Babraj.
Camille Hays joins the Trojans from Phoenix, Ariz., where she rows for her high school, Xavier College Preparatory. She helped lead her team to a gold medal in the JV 4x at the 2016 Scholastic Rowing Association Nationals last summer. In addition to competing for Xavier Prep, Hays attended the Row West Racing Camp in Sacramento, Calif. where her camp eight raced in the women's eight Grand Final of the U.S. Club Nationals in July of 2016.
"I chose USC because I wanted to race for a competitive school and have an equally competitive academic experience," said Hays. "The opportunities USC provides are endless, and I feel that I can excel with all of its resources and the support of the Trojan Family."
Transfer Ann Lipscomb will join the Women of Troy from Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri where she was a setter and team captain of the women's volleyball team. Lipscomb, a southern California native, competed for the Southern California Scullers Club team last summer. She will join the USC squad beginning in January 2017.
"I chose USC because of the women's rowing program and their determination to succeed and gain titles," said Lipscomb. "I want to train around top athletes that are going to push me to be my best. I want to be challenged and taught how to be a better leader."
Sydney McMahan hails from Tulsa, Okla., where she competes for the Tulsa Youth Rowing program. In her second year in the sport she has already been named team captain, and has shown incredible results and promise for the future. Her physical gifts and work ethic will prove to be an asset for the Trojans.
"I chose USC and the rowing team because I saw myself in a place that was full of inspiring people, from the students to the coaches. USC was my top choice because it has a top academic program and appealed to my interests and future goals with its top-five animation program and top-20 rowing team," said McMahan.
Ana Moloney is one of three young women in this signing class from St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco. This well decorated coxswain competed at the 2016 National Schools' Championship Regatta. She also earned fourth place in the 2V8+ at the 2016 US Rowing Southwest Championships. In the summer of 2016, she attended camp with Penn AC, where she won the championship in the Lightweight 4+ at the Independence Day Regatta, and took silver in the Lightweight 4+ at the U.S. Rowing Club Nationals.
"I chose USC because it brought together everything I wanted out of my dream school: it's big, the academics and athletics are equally competitive, it has my major and there is school pride around campus and the team," said Moloney.
Finn O'Neill will also be joining the Women of Troy from St. Ignatius. She brings with her the best qualities of a collegiate coxswain including organization, competitiveness and an even temperament.
"I chose USC because I really love the community," said O'Neill "I loved how everyone seemed so bright, vibrant and happy when I visited. I feel like everyone is very close knit, and it is a good support system for all walks of life."
Olivia Passanisi-Boullet is the final member of the trio of student-athletes from San Francisco's St. Ignatius. At age 16, Passanisi-Boullet is already one of the top rowers on her team. She helped lead St. Ignatius to a fourth place finish at the U.S. Rowing Southwest Junior National Championships in May 2016. Her team also claimed the silver medal at the Scholastic Rowing Association Nationals later that month. Seen as a young prodigy, Passanisi-Boullet was invited to participate in the U.S. Junior National Team Development Camp in the summer of 2016.
Devyn Pong joins the Women of Troy from Seattle, Wash. While coxing for Holy Names Academy, Pong won a gold medal at the 2016 U17 8+ Head of the Lake Regatta as well as in the lightweight 4+ 2016 District Championships. She also placed 14th at the 2016 U.S. Rowing Youth Nationals. Pong's arrival will keep the Trojan streak alive in her family as her father attended USC.
"I'm so excited to be a part of such a welcoming team that has finished in the Top 20 consistently," said Pong. "I'm also very happy to continue the Trojan legacy in my family."
Joining Pong will be fellow Holy Names teammate, Taylor Richardson. Taylor is an outstanding athlete and a skilled technician. In May 2016, she won the pairs at the U.S. North West Regionals, as well as taking home the bronze medal in the fours. She also led her team at the Youth Nationals in the fours and the varsity 8 at the Head of the Charles. Last season, Richardson was voted most inspirational and most improved on her the Holy Names squad.
Jenna Rosen, a coxswain from Mclean, Va. competes for Langley High School and TBC Racing Club. Rosen reached the semifinals in the U19 8+B and 4+B at the 2016 U.S. Rowing Club Nationals. She placed second in both the U17 8+ and 4+ events at the 2015 U.S. Rowing Club Nationals. Rosen also claimed silver medals at the 2015 Canadian Henley in the U17 8+ and 4+ races.
"I chose USC because I feel that I can grow the most as a coxswain, student and person," said Rosen. "It's the perfect school for me."
Wrapping up this signing class is Alice Thompson. Thompson will join the USC women's rowing team for the spring semester beginning in January 2017. She competed for the Isle of Ely Rowing Club in England where she trains with the GB Start Programme. Thompson earned a bronze medal in the JW4x at the British Rowing Junior Championships as well as a bronze at the Henley Women's Regatta.
"USC has fantastic opportunities for athletes and offers rowing and academic success" said Thompson. "It facilitates my needs of a group of highly driven, determined and mentally tough individuals like myself and has an excellent psychology program."