Five Shorewomen Named Women's Rowing Captains

Five Shorewomen Named Women's Rowing Captains

CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Washington College women's rowing head coach Mike Davenport recently announced the team's five captains for the 2010-11 academic year: seniors Catherine Black (Kimberton, PA/Academy of Notre Dame) and Sarah Strickland (Potomac, MD/Holton-Arms), juniors Kelsie Jensen (Mays Landing, NJ/Oakcrest) and Kendall Mulligan (Southbury, CT/Westover School), and sophomore Rachel Benders (Cleveland Heights, OH/Beaumont School).

"I am very excited about the energy, drive, and desire that these five student-athletes bring to the team," noted Davenport. "They have great potential as athletes and as leaders, and we all look forward to what they can achieve."

Black rowed in the varsity eight which reached the Division III final at the 2010 Dad Vail regatta.  In 2009, she was a part of the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championship varsity eight, which went on to compete at the NCAA Division III Championships.

Strickland sat in the two seat of the winning Division III second varsity eight at each of the past two Knecht Cup regattas.

Jensen was the coxswain of the Shorewomen's first varsity eight last spring, guiding them into the Division III final at the Dad Vail regatta. She was named a 2010 College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar-Athlete and earned a spot on the 2010 MARC Academic Honor Roll.

Mulligan was in the five seat of last year's Division III finalist varsity eight at the Dad Vail regatta and in the three seat of the varsity eight which competed at the 2009 NCAA Division III Championships. She was named a 2010 CRCA National Scholar-Athlete and landed on the 2010 MARC Academic Honor Roll.

Benders had an impressive freshman season in 2009-10, finishing the year as the bow of the varsity eight which advanced to the Division III final at the Dad Vail regatta.

The Washington College women's rowing team was third in the varsity eight at the 2010 MARC Championships and finished second in the overall point standings.  The Shorewomen competed at the NCAA Division III Championships in 2008 and 2009.