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Women's Rowing Signs Seven New Recruits

Hobbs, Greco, Galante, Forester, Erickson, Devlin and Blain will join the Eagles for the 2009-2010 season.

Hobbs, Greco, Galante, Forester, Erickson, Devlin and Blain will join the Eagles for the 2009-2010 season.

Jan. 26, 2009

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Seven student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to row for Boston College for the 2009-2010 season.

The signees - Emily Hobbs, Victoria Greco, Kelsey Galante, Morgan Forester, Brett Erickson, Colleen Devlin and Olivia Blain - will be eligible to practice with Boston College beginning in August of 2009. They represent an impressive range of regions in the country with two coming from California, two from Connecticut and one each from Virginia, New York and Massachusetts.

Head Coach Steve Fiske had this to say about the incoming class of 2013: "Not only is this a talented group of experienced athletes, but they are also driven to succeed at the highest level in Division 1 rowing. We feel strongly that each of these young women is committed to the goals of our team. We can't wait to get them all here next fall!"

Olivia Blain, of North Andover, Mass., currently attends Middlesex High School and rows for Middlesex and Community Rowing, Inc. Like Forester, she competed at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Championship in the spring of 2008. Blain raced in the JV 4+ event and finished in first place. In addition to competing on the rowing team, Blain plans to pursue pre-medical studies at BC.

A native of McLean, Va., Colleen Devlin attends and rows for McLean High School. She finished first in the Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championship in the spring of 2008. Devlin will also bring her athletic skills from soccer and swimming to the Eagles' rowing class of 2013. She plans to major in environmental studies upon entering BC.

West Coast native, Brett Erickson, hails from Corte Madera, Calif. and attends Redwood High School. She rows for the Marin Rowing Association. In the spring of 2008, Erickson finished seventh at the San Diego Crew Classic in the JV event and she placed first at the Regional Championship in the 3V event. Erickson will enter the BC Caroll School of Management in the fall, but remains undecided about her specific major.

Morgan Forester, of Old Greenwich, Conn., attends and rows for Convent of the Sacred Heart. As a tri-captain for her team in the spring of 2008, she finished tenth in the V8+ at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Championship. Forester helped lead her team as co-captain for the fall of 2008 and will remain a captain for the spring of 2009. Forester looks forward to moving from her small high school to the large, spirited campus of Boston College.

Kelsey Galante, a native of Wilton, Conn., attends Wilton High School and rows for the Saugatuck Rowing Club. In the spring of 2008, she finished sixth in the V4+ at the U.S. Rowing Youth Nationals. During the summer, Galante attended the U.S. Rowing Junior Development Camp, alongside her future BC Rowing teammate, Victoria Greco. At the camp, Galante rowed sweep while Greco was entered in sculling events.

Victoria Greco hails from Fort Salonga, NY and rows for St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School. At the New York State Championship in the spring of 2008, she finished first in the Junior 2x. Greco also placed first in the Stotesbury Cup and Scholastic Nationals. During the summer, she attended the U.S. Rowing Junior Development Camp. Greco also finished first in the Youth 2x at the 2008 Head of the Charles.

Emily Hobbs, a Menlo Park, Calif. native, attends Castilleja School and rows for NorCal Crew. In the spring of 2008, her team finished fifth in the V4+ at Southwest Regionals and sixth in the V8+ at San Diego Crew Classic. In addition, Hobbs finished 24th out of 68 teams in the Youth 8+ at the 2008 Head of the Charles. Drawn to BC's strong sense of community and academic rigor, Hobbs hopes to pursue her interests in journalism, communications, and pre-law.

"We are very excited about the potential of our incoming class of 2013," said Assistant Coach Wendy Wilbur. "Each one of these athletes has experiences and qualities that will add to the strength of our team. The outlook for the future is promising given the early success of our current freshman class combined with the talents of our incoming rowers. We look forward to the opportunity to work with them during their 4 years at BC."

Boston College women's rowing returns to competition in the spring at the Jesuit Invitational in Camden, N.J. on March 21.

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