2015 Women's Rowing Preview

Elaine Dana and Tess Heimerman
Elaine Dana and Tess Heimerman

Senior co-captains Brynna Cooke and Elaine Dana will lead the Bears in this season, both are four year members of the program.

Cooke was a member of the Varsity 8 in 2012 that competed at the NCAA Championships and the Bears will look to her leadership to mentor the younger athletes about race preparation and competing at high level.


Dana, who has endured health issues during the last two seasons, which have limited, but not stopped her, sets a great example for the team about perseverance and giving the most of what you have. She will be counted on for leadership and keeping the team optimistic and focused on goals.

"Brynna and Dana have shown great tenacity and have been excellent examples for their younger counterparts, both as athletes and as cadets of high character," said Coast Guard head coach Jodi Hope. "These women have guided and molded the team into the tight-knit unit we have this spring, and have influenced the team culture to be very positive, inclusive, and respectful."

Coast Guard will see defending National Champion Trinity, NCAA participant Wellesley and Clark to open the season on March 28th in Worcester. This will give the coaching staff a lot of  information about where they stand in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and help prepare the Bears for the NEWMAC Championship on April 18th.

The Bears will host another NEWMAC foe Mount Holyoke on March 25th. The Bears and Lyons had closely contested races during the championship races last season.

A pair of freshmen, Alyssa Laystrom from Lake Zurich, Illinois and Tara Strauss from Sarasota, Florida will make an immediate impact and are expected to be part of the Varsity 8 this season.

Junior Karisa Maurer, sophomores Savannah Lyle and Laura Beck and freshman Victoria Castleberry will also be part of the Bears Varsity 8 while Dana, junior Sarah Kucich and freshman Zoe Bolling are all battling for a spot in the Varsity 8 this season.

This season promises to be an exciting season of seeking out the fastest boat combinations between the Varsity 8 and Varsity 4, Coast Guard is looking to have two very competitive crews.