‘U’ appoints rowing captains for 2021-22
Rowing for women | 02.09.2021 14:37:00
MINNEAPOLIS – The rowing program and head coach of the University of Minnesota Alicea Strodel have announced team captains for the 2021-22 season Lindsay Eliasen, Gabby Mulally and Casey Wempner runs Maroon & Gold.
Eliasen and Mullally return as captains for the second year in a row, while Wempner joins the leadership group this year.
“Gabby and Lindsay will continue to serve in their captaincy. Consistency in our leadership, our messages and values was very important to me in order to stabilize our team culture. Casey was nominated by her teammates as a young voice and manager with a new perspective on the table,” said Strodel: “I am delighted that these representatives of the junior, senior and fifth graders are leading our team forward.”
Eliasen, a second Team All Big Ten selection for Minnesota last season, enters their fifth season with the “U” after competing in all 11 races with the First Varsity Eight last year. Born in Chanhassen, Minnesota, he received the CoSIDA Academic All-District Awards for the third year in a row in 2021 and was also named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten Pick.
“I am very happy to be part of such a great team for another year,” said Eliasen. “Rowing for Minnesota is a privilege and I look forward to helping my teammates as we progress this season.”
Mullally is from Neenah, Wisconsin and took part in all 11 races with the First Varsity Eight last year, receiving the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten awards. The 2021-21 season marks her fourth season in Minnesota and third on the college roster.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to spend another year at the helm of this team,” said Mullally. “Even in the middle of the pandemic, we saw how many girls had groundbreaking seasons last year, which makes me very excited about what’s to come. The fall season is just around the corner and I’m looking forward to getting started again on the water with the team! “
Wempner joins the varsity ranks of the Gophers after contesting six races with the beginner team last year, including an appearance at the Big Ten championships. Hailing from Middleton, Wisconsin, Wempner received Academic All-Big Ten awards and was selected to be the recipient of the team’s Novice Spirit Award. The 2021-22 season is her third season in Minnesota.
“It is an honor and a privilege to represent an incredible group of women who have influenced my life so much,” said Wempner. “The past year has shown the physical and mental resilience and strength of my teammates and their determination to establish Gopher Rowing. I am proud and humble to serve this team and I am more than excited to see what we will achieve this season. “