Women's Crew Prepares For Future

Dec. 4, 2000

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State women's crew head coach Scott Steckel announced Monday the signing of three California athletes to national letters of intent. High school rowers Ashley Paiko (Sacramento) and Adrianne Croff (San Diego) will enroll as freshmen next fall along with junior college rower Jessica Griffin (Lake Forest) . All three will be immediately eligible for participation.

"All three of these athletes will contribute to SDSU's continued success and growth and we are happy to have them," said Steckel. "They are a solid start to our recruiting class for next season."

Ashley Paiko is a 6-1 three-year high school rower from Sacramento. Paiko, who attends Davis Senior High School, participated in junior national rowing team selection and olympic development camps and is a member of the River City Rowing Club's high school team. Last season she led the women's novice eight to a first place finish at the Southwest Regional Championships for River City. Paiko was also recruited by Cal Berkeley and Oregon State.

Adrianne Croff is a fourth-year coxswain from ZLAC rowing club in San Diego. She has competed in the Head of the Charles Regatta two times and coxed the ZLAC team to numerous wins during her high school career. A native of San Diego, Croff will graduate from Our Lady of Peace Academy in spring 2001. She received attention from UMass and Boston before deciding on San Diego State.

Jessica Griffin is a 5-11 sophomore rower from Orange Coast College. A product of Southern California from Lake Forest, Griffin will transfer in as a junior next fall after receiving her associates degree. Griffin competed for the Pirates as a freshman rower last year with the team's novice eight and finished fourth at the Champion International Regatta. Griffin got recruiting looks from Cal State Sacramento and Long Beach State.

Aztec crew expects to sign eight to 10 more athletes during the April signing period.

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