ODU Rowing Names Captains For 2008-09 Season
By ODU Athletics
Nov. 25, 2008
Norfolk, Va. – Old Dominion University women’s rowing coach Heather Weisel announced today that freshman Liz Hess, junior Mia Maceren and senior Alicia Smith will serve as the Lady Monarchs captains for the 2008-09 season. The tri-captains were selected by their teammates based on criteria that included integrity, academic standards and athleticism.
"Our three co-captains are positive leaders who are capable of helping the team establish the academic, athletic and conduct standards of this new program,” added Weisel. “They have quickly demonstrated the qualities with which we all want to be identified. I look forward to an exciting year working with them."
Hess helped lead the Lady Monarchs Freshman 4 to a second place finish at the Head of the Lafayette earlier this fall. A four-year letterwinner while at Brockville Collegiate Institute in Ontario, Canada, she helped guide her high school Women's 8 to a first place finish at the Head of the Trent in 2007 and was also part of the winning senior women's 4+ team at the South Niagara High School Invitational and the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association Championships in 2008.
“Liz has been one of the hardest working, most fit women on the team since she arrived on campus three months ago. She brings a willingness to do any level of work we present without ever letting up, while also managing her classes and time well. She has a bright future and leads by example everyday,” says Weisel.
One of ODU’s coxswains, Maceren came over from the club rowing program where she was captain of the 2006-07 novice women's team.
“Mia is constantly looking to be better,” said Weisel. “She is actively involved in all aspects of rower training and is always seeking out ways to improve at her job because she's so committed to making her boats fast. Her determination to make the transition from a club level coxswain is evident in her pursuit of her academics, as well as the art of coxing.”
Smith was in the stern pair of the Women’s 4 that helped ODU to a seventh place finish out of 23 boats at the Rivanna Romp in Charlottesville. She has also played a large part in helping the Lady Monarchs become closer on and off the water.
“Alicia made the decision last fall to take on a new level of working out in order to have the best chance to make the team. She has pushed herself to be one of the top ergs on the team,” says Weisel. “She was a good student from the start and is usually the first to come up with a team bonding idea and get everyone involved.”