Rowing welcomes 11-member recruiting class for 2022

NORFOLK, Virginia. – Rowing program Old Dominion announced its 2022-23 recruiting class on Friday with 11 new faces joining the team ranging from transfers to newcomers to the “757”, from Canada and across the United States.


“It is with great pride that we welcome this new generation of ODU Monarchs! This class of athlete hails from all over Old Dominion, as close as our own backyards in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, or as far as our neighbors North in Canada, and everywhere in between. No matter where they come from, we are very confident that we can build on the momentum of last season and start achieving even better results soon!”

ODU 2022-23 signatories

Marie Ahern
Hometown: Geneva, Florida.
Old school: Young Harris College
former club: North Orlando Rowing Club
planned major: Public administration of the MPA
Why did I choose ODU?”: Everyone in the team is so positive and I feel that we will achieve great things together.

Gillian Battersby
Hometown: Baldwinsville, NY
High school/club team: Baldwinsville Crew/Syracuse Chargers Rowing Club
planned major: Mechanical Engineering
Why did I choose ODU?: I chose ODU because I fell in love with the campus, the people and the individuality it had to offer. I could imagine myself at my full potential here.

Lucy Brenan
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Former team: Temple University
The club team: Three Rivers Youth Rowing
planned major: Psychology
Why did I choose ODU?: I chose ODU because of the supportive energy of the team and the amazing coaches!

Gabrielle Cook
Hometown: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
High School/Club team: Ridley College Women’s Rowing
Old school: University of Tulsa
Planned major: Communication
Why did I choose ODU?: I chose ODU for the amazing atmosphere that surrounds both the team and the academics, I can’t wait to start this journey with a wonderful group of women and so happy to say that I am now officially part of Monarch Nation!

Madeleine Enns
Hometown: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
The high school team: Eden High School
The club team: St. Catharine Rowing Club and South Niagara Rowing Club
planned major: Biology
Why did I choose ODU?: Everyone I spoke to at ODU was incredibly friendly and welcoming. The close-knit, competitive team atmosphere and unique academic opportunities really excite me. I can’t wait to row at ODU this fall!

Ellen Gortz
Hometown: Norfolk, Virginia.
School/club team: Maury Rowing Team, (head university helmsman)
Planned major: Marine biology
Why did I choose ODU?: I chose ODU because the team seemed so close and it reminded me of my current team. I also like being near the water!

Haven Habhab
Hometown: Killeen, TX
Former team: Kansas State University Rowing (didn’t have a high school or club team)
planned major: Business Undecided
“Why did I choose ODU?” : I chose ODU because the school and the program suit me perfectly. From the beginning, ODU rowing has been very welcoming and joyful. As a military kid, I moved around a lot and enjoyed various environments like the ODU rowing team and school. I can’t wait for next year! Go monarchs!

Isabelle “Bella” Peycelon
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia.
HS club/team: Coastal Virginia Community Rowing (CVCR) / Cox Crew Club
planned major: biomedical sciences (pre-health concentration)
Why did I choose ODU?: In addition to the BS to MD program with EVMS, a fortune cookie. It’s super cheesy, but the moment I got my offer, I opened the fortune cookie and the inside said “pleasures await you by the sea”. I took it as a sign from the universe that ODU was the right choice for me.

Jenna Protacio
Hometown: Woodbridge Va.
High school/club team: Woodbridge Crew / Prince William Rowing
planned major: Sports management
Why did I choose ODU?: I loved the warm atmosphere and the traditions of the school!

Afton Stahl
Hometown: Fairfax Va.
High School/Club team: The WTW Crew
Planned major: Marine biology
Why did I choose ODU?:-I chose ODU because of the beautiful campus, amazing marine biology program, and young team I can grow with.

Kinley Zinc
Hometown: Clifton Park, New York
High School/Club team: Shenendehowa Rowing
Former team: University of Central Florida
Planned major: Psychology
Why did I choose ODU?: I chose ODU because of the atmosphere of the school and the team. The team is going in a good direction under the coaching staff, and I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to be a part of it!

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