Rowing for women welcomes the new class in the bluff
LOS ANGELES – The Loyola Marymount University Lions rowing team welcomes 15 women to campus this fall, coming to the bluff from around the country and the world.
“I’m very excited to have this class of recruits arriving on campus,” said the rowing director and head coach of the women Karl Huhta. “This group has a range of experiences and we expect them to help fill in the gaps and deepen all parts of our roster. They are great people who are creative, supportive, hardworking and inspiring and it was such a joy . ” Getting to know them all during this process. With her great attitude, we are excited about the coming year and the future in years. We can’t wait to get started. Go Lions! “
Alexandra “Z” Anderson is from Chicago, Illinois, based in Los Angeles and currently rowing for the Chicago Rowing Foundation. Her favorite rowing memory is a recent one from the American Youth Cup in 2021, where she and her crew won a gold medal at the Women’s Open 8+. Anderson wants to study computer science and sociology at the LMU.
Why LMU? âI chose LMU because it immediately struck me as a versatile school. From the first e-mail conversation with coach Eric, I had the feeling that the LMU was something special. The academics are demanding and the athletics. âPerfect for what I was looking for. Plus the boathouse has seals! “
Caroline Bernal joins the Lions of San Jose, California, rowing for the Los Gatos Rowing Club. She competed internationally in the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta and intends to major in communication sciences.
Why LMU? âI chose LMU because of its Jesuit and Marymount values ââand its approach to education. The Jesuit ideal of Magis and the pursuit of more appeals to me and my desire to improve myself for other interests that span the campus of LMU and make me a more diverse global citizen. I am very excited to be part of Pride and to discover my own unique LMU experience with the women’s rowing team! “
Rachel Carrasco is from Brisbane, California, where she rows for the Pacific Rowing Club. She helped her club’s 8+ secure a spot in the A-finals at the Southwest Regionals in 2019. Carrasco will be studying psychology here on the bluff.
Why LMU? “I chose LMU because of the strong and supportive community! I am very happy to continue rowing with a group of positive and motivated people.”
Alessia DeVita is one of several Californians joining us this year and is from Tustin, California where she rowed from the Newport Aquatic Center. DeVita won a silver medal in the JV8 + that year when she and her team traveled to Oklahoma to compete in the Central Regionals. She also remained undefeated in the lightweight 8+ of her teams in the 2019-2020 season. She will study health and human sciences.
Why LMU? “We row all year round in the best part of the country!”
Lauren Ewanick comes to the Lions from Newport Beach and is currently rowing for the Long Beach Junior Crew. Ewanick spent the summer of 2018 competing for Community Rowing Inc. in Boston, where she finished first in the U17 8+ at Royal Canadian Henley. She plans to study International Relations and Affairs.
Why LMU? “LMU has a great international relations program and I love the smaller class sizes. I also love the team!”
Noni Maccallum comes as a transfer to the Bluff, originally from Adelaide, South Australia. She currently holds a world record and five Australian records on the Concept 2 Erg, in addition to her many great racing results on the water. Maccallum will study communication science at the LMU.
Why LMU? “It’s a growing team that has the potential to do really well and I would love to be a part of it.”
Kalana Ortega Hofner is a local from Santa Monica, California. She spent her high school years in Marina del Rey coxing for the Marina Aquatic Center, but recently led the U19 8+ at Row West to a silver medal at the US Rowing Club Nationals that summer. Kalana plans to major in environmental sciences at LMU.
Why LMU? “I was impressed by many things at LMU; along with great academics, I was inspired by the team’s positive attitude and the supportive and competitive culture. The women’s rowing team is consistently taking steps to be faster on the water, and I’m happy To be part of a team with so much drive and passion. When I first went to campus, I knew it was exactly where I should be. “
Georgina Pollard comes to the Lions from Great Britain where she rowed for the Henley Rowing Club. Pollard represented Great Britain and defeated France in 4x, won the Henley Women’s Regatta in 4x and finished second in 8+. She has also competed in the Henley Royal Regatta. Pollard intends to major in environmental science.
Why LMU? “I chose LMU because I immediately liked the enthusiasm for action and the ethics of the crew, the supportive team atmosphere and the familiar feeling of all rowers. The school culture and the academic opportunities of my course were perfect and I couldn’t think of a better setting . I’m really looking forward to the morning rows in the marina and can’t wait to be a lion !! “
Josie Runyan comes up the coast from San Diego to Los Angeles, where she rows for the San Diego Rowing Club. She started rowing in 2016 and loves being on the water, whether she’s rowing or surfing. Runyan intends to study biology.
Why LMU? “I chose LMU because of the great support from the trainers and the school. They both welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like I was more than just a name on a list.”
Ana Scott comes to us on the bluff out of Seattle, Washington after rowing with the Green Lake crew. She had several top-half placements at the Head of the Charles Regatta, and her 8+ finished 13thNS at the Youth Nationals last season. Scott intends to learn Spanish.
Why LMU? âI chose LMU because I was lucky enough to visit the campus on an unofficial visit before COVID hit last year. After I got to know the team and the trainers, the LMU simply clicked for me as the place where I wanted to go to school. “
Katrin Souza comes to Los Angeles from Seattle, Washington, where she rows for the Green Lake crew. Souza and her 8+ recently got 3. placedapprox with the Northwest Regionals and participated in the Youth Nationals. She studies economics at the LMU.
Why LMU? “I chose LMU because I had the versatile opportunities to row in a team that offers a competitive and supportive environment, and also because of the great education that will help me achieve my future goals. “
Bella Valdes-Houghton is from Bethesda, Maryland and joins Walt Whitman High School. Valdes-Houghtons 8+ placed 2ndnd and 3approx 2019 and 2021 at the Stotesbury Regatta and was the fastest public school 8+ at the Youth Nationals in 2019. She plans to study film and television production at LMU.
Why LMU? “I chose LMU because I want to continue my passion for rowing and filming into college. After talking to the coaches and getting to know the team atmosphere, I knew that LMU would be a perfect fit.”
Yvonne Vu-Talarico joined LMU from St. Ignatius Prep in San Francisco, where she has worked as a tax advisor for three years. Yvonne was the best helmsman on her team, but before that she was a figure skater. During the bluff, she will study business administration.
Why LMU? “I chose the LMU because it gives me the opportunity to pursue my academic and sporting interests in a community in which the education of the whole person on and next to the water is in the foreground.”
Lillian Wanninger is one of our Northern California residents moving to Bluff from Marin County. She rowed for the Marin Rowing Association, where she was unbeaten at 8+ in 2019. Wanninger loves being outside, especially when she’s surfing or hiking in the Bay Area. She wants to study business administration.
Why LMU? âI choose LMU because of the community. It struck me that the most important element at LMU is creating changemakers, people who go out into the world and do good. The LMU also caught my eye because of its location and I couldn’t think of a better place to row! “
Mischa Webber is from Seattle, Washington, where she rows for the Holy Names Academy. Webber was a competitive volleyball player before deciding to switch to rowing in her junior year. She will study political science at the LMU.
Why LMU? “I chose LMU because it has a political science program that I know I can be successful at.”