SDSU Rowing Signs Seven to National Letters of Intent

Nov. 21, 2008

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State crew team has signed seven rowers to National Letters of Intent head coach Jennifer Zebroski announced on Friday. The seven - Chelsea Canha, Paige Funk, Megan Gaherty, Lily Kurkjian, Katherine Sanders, Mallory Scarpello and Carly Schlocker - will join the Aztecs in the fall of 2009.

"I am thrilled to have such a strong, athletic group of athletes sign National Letters of Intent with SDSU Rowing this fall," Zebroski said. "I welcome them to the Aztec family and can't wait to work with them over the next four years."

The group includes six California natives and one from New Jersey.

Chelsea Canha, a native of San Jose, Calif., comes to The Mesa with a multi-sport background, including numerous years with the successful Los Gatos Rowing Club. Canha also played soccer, volleyball and basketball at Presentation High School. Canha, who is listed at 5 feet 9 inches tall, plans to major in real estate at SDSU.

The lone signee not from California, Paige Funk will join the Aztecs with four years of rowing experience. The Absecon, N.J., native rowed for Holy Spirit High School, leading the varsity eight boat to the 2008 state championship title. Funk (5'11'') was also apart of the 2006 Stotesbury Regatta gold medal freshman eight boat. Funk, who plans to major in business at San Diego State, was also a successful swimmer at Holy Spirit.

A Menlo Park, Calif., native, Megan Gaherty is the lone coxswain in the seven-member class. While with the Nor Cal Crew, Gaherty coxed for two years. She competed in both the first and second novice eight boats in her first year. She is an excellent motivator and strong team leader. Gaherty, who attended Summit Preparatory Charter High School, will major in business at San Diego State.

The fourth signee of the class is San Francisco, Calif., native Lily Kurkjian. Kurkjian has rowed the past three years for the Pacific Rowing Club, where she was a co-captain. Listed at 5 feet 10 inches, Kurkjian also played CYO volleyball, basketball and soccer. Kurkjian, who attended Lowell High School, plans to major in urban studies while at SDSU.

A Newport Beach, Calif., native, Katherine Sanders has an impressive five years of rowing experience while at the Newport Aquatic Center. Sanders, who is listed at 5 feet 6 inches, will join SDSU in the fall with sports medicine as her intended major. In high school, Sanders attended Newport Harbor High School.

The sixth signee for the seven-member class is Mallory Scarpello. A Tustin, Calif., native, Scarpello rowed with Sanders at the Newport Aquatic Rowing Center. Scarpello brings two years of rowing experience to The Mesa and also has a background in swimming and tennis, which she competed in at Arnold O. Beckman High School. Scarpello (5'7") excelled in swimming, even competing in the Junior Olympics in the sport. She will major in sports medicine.

Carly Schlocker comes to SDSU after rowing three years for the Marin Rowing Association. Schlocker (5'10'') helped the MRA to the gold medal at the prestigious USRowing Southwest Regional Junior Championships. She also received the Roger Barbey Sportsmanship and Spirit Award. A San Rafael, Calif., native, Schlocker attended Terra Linda High School and plans to major in communication at SDSU.

SDSU will begin its spring championship season on Feb. 28, 2009, when it travels to Marina del Rey for the Parker Cup Regatta.

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