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Women's Crew Adds Prep Stars
French, Canadian junior national rowers join Huskies.

May 12, 1999

SEATTLE - Eleven student-athletes, including two junior national team rowers, have committed to the Husky womens crew program for next fall, coach Jan Harville announced Tuesday.

Carrie Stasiak, a two-time Canadian Junior National Team member, and Lauren Estevenin, from the French Junior National Team, highlight a class that also includes eight women from the state of Washington.

Stasiak, from St. Catherine's, Ontario, Canada, finished fourth in a straight four at the at the 1998 Junior World Championships and earned a bronze medal in pairs racing at the 97 championships. A four-sport athlete, she also competes in softball, basketball and field hockey at Holy Cross High School.

Estevenin, who has dual citizenship between France and the U.S., helped lead her French eight-oared shell to a fourth place finish at the '98 Junior World Championships. She currently competes with Green Lake Crew in Seattle and is the younger sister of Perry Estevenin, who rows with the Husky men's program.

The Huskies add another younger sister, Heidi Hurn, of Eastlake High School in Redmond. She is the sister of UW men's rower Hans Hurn, and has competed with the Sammamish Rowing Club. Local product Karen Etsell, of Summit K-12 School, is a varsity teammate of Estevenin on Green Lake Crew.

Canadian Adrienne Hunter, who has dual citizenship and has raced throughout the U.S. and Canada, will join the team. In addition to rowing, she is a competitive downhill skier and volleyball player. Jessica Harm will enroll at Washington after a prep rowing career at Lakeside High School in Seattle.

Also joining Husky Crew will be a group of local student-athletes recruited from different prep sports: Rachelle Rochelle (Bainbridge; volleyball, swimming, softball ), Brynn Grimley (Shorewood; basketball, soccer), Kristin Risinger (Peninsula; swimming) and Melissa Kania (Kennewick; swimming, softball).

The lone out-of-state rower is Emily Crandall of Springfield, Va., who rows on the West Springfield varsity crew in addition to playing soccer and basketball.

"We are excited about the number of high-quality student-athletes we have coming to Washington next year," coach Jan Harville said. "This is certainly one of our strongest recruiting classes. We have top junior rowers coming in along with several young women who were recruited from different sports. I am particularly pleased with the number of non-rowing athletes coming in. They play a significant role in the continued success of our program each year."

Washington now prepares for the Pac-10 Championships, May 16 on Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif.

The Husky women, two-time NCAA champions, are set to defend conference titles in the varsity, junior varsity and novice eight races. Washington varsity crews have won seven straight Pac-10 crowns, the novice eights four straight and the jayvees the last two conference titles. The varsity four will aim for its first title since 1995.

Washington Women's Rowing - Fall, 1999 Commitments

Name, Ht., Hometown (High School), Experience / Notes
Emily Crandall 5-8 Springfield, Va. (West Springfield) prep rowing, soccer, basketball

Lauren Estevenin 5-9 Kenmore, Wash. (Jean ViPar High, France)

  • French Jr. National Team
  • 1998 Jr. World Championships
  • (4th in eight grand final)

    Karen Etsell 5-8 Seattle, Wash. (Summit K-12 School) Green Lake Crew

    Brynn Grimley 5-10 Shoreline, Wash. (Shorewoord); Prep basketball, soccer

    Jessica Harm 5-11 Seattle, Wash. (Lakeside); Lakeside varsity rowing

    Adrienne Hunter 5-10 Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Havergal); Rowing, downhill skiing, volleyball

    Heidi Hurn 6-0 Redmond, Wash. (Eastlake); Sammamish Rowing Club, prep track & field

    Melissa Kania 5-9 Pasco, Wash. (Kennewick); Prep swimming, softball

    Kristin Risinger 5-8 Gig Harbor, Wash. (Peninsula); Prep swimming

    Rachelle Rochelle 6-0 Bainbridge Island, Wash. (Bainbridge); Prep volleyball, swimming, softball

    Carrie Stasiak 5-9 St. Catharine's, Ontario, Canada; prep softball, basketball, field hockey

  • Two-time CanadianJr. National Team
  • 1997 Jr. World Championships (bronze in pairs grand final)
  • 1998 Jr. World Championships (4th in straight four final)

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