CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The University of Miami rowing program announced three additions to their 2014 signing class.
Alex Ware, Caitlin White-Parsons and Mieke Wilms joined fall signees Paige Hoffman, Taegan Lynch, Jane Moore and Elise Wiley as members of the latest Hurricane signing class.
“I am excited to announce three more signees for the 2014-15 year,” Miami head coach Dave Sanderson said. “Alex, Mieke and Caitlin will all contribute to the team immediately with their considerable racing experience. It has been a pleasure getting to know them through the recruiting process and I can’t wait to work with them next season.”
Alex Ware, 5-foot-4 (Orlando, Fla./Lyman HS)
Ware placed first scholastically in Women's 1x at FSRA Sculling Championships 2013. She also stroked the Women's Junior 8+ to 7th place at SRAA Nationals 2013 and finished 13th of 94 in HS Women event at Southern Indoor Sprints 2013
"I chose to row for The U because of my adherence to the coaching staff and the dominating future direction of the program,” Ware said. "UM is the perfect mix of athletic intensity and academic excellence that I had been searching for in a university. I can't wait to make a name for myself at The U!"
Caitlin White-Parsons, 6-foot-1 (Auckland, New Zealand/Massey University)
White-Parsons will be a junior when she joins the Hurricanes in August, transferring to Miami from Massey University. She helped earn a silver medal in the club 4+ and a bronze medal in the senior 8+ at the 2013 New Zealand Championships. She also earned a gold medal in senior 4-, club 8+ and a silver medal in club 4+ at the 2013 North Island Championships.
“The reason I chose UM was not only the very endearing and friendly recruitment team, but the great opportunities the university can provide for me in both the academic and rowing sectors,” White-Parsons said. “The training areas I have seen look very pleasant as do the facilities on campus. What I am most looking forward to when I get to UM is the difference in lifestyle. I have heard from a number of sources about the great friendships I'll make and the variety of activities on and off campus that will be available to me. In New Zealand, we know that the Americans know how to row eights well and luckily for me, those are my favorite boats to row. I like to go fast and I feel privileged to be racing in Division 1 with top athletes.”
Mieke Wilms, 5-foot-8 (Rijswijk, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands/Haganum)
Wilms earned a second place finish in the JW2x and JW4x at the 2013 Dutch Championships. She has also finished first in the JW2x at the 2013 International Flemish Championships and earned two gold medals in the JW4x at the 2013 Coupe de la Jeunesse.
“I’ve chosen the University of Miami because it is a place where I can combine high-quality education with sports at an high level,” Wilms said. “Rowing with the women there will definitely make me stronger”
The seven signees are set to join the Hurricanes for the 2014-15 season.
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