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Spartan Rowing Announces Nine Signees For 2017

April 28, 2017

East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State rowing coach Matt Weise has announced that nine student-athletes will join the Spartan rowing program when they enroll at Michigan State University in the fall of 2017.

The Spartans, No. 19 in the most recent Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) national poll, have nine seniors on its current roster and are currently training for the Big Ten Championships, which will be held May 13-14 in Indianapolis, Ind.

"Our 2017 Class is a great mix of rowers, coxswains and other-sport athletes," said Weise. " All of these athletes have the understanding of commitment to the team mission and will help create a positive team culture in the novice class as well as add to our overall team speed with their work ethic and athleticism. "

Michigan State both trains and has informal competitions in the fall in addition to its spring competition schedule, which annually culminates with the Big Ten and NCAA Championships.

Emma Gassman
Avon, OH/ Saint Joseph's Academy
SJA Rowing
Intended Major: Business and Biology

  • 2016 SRAA National Championship silver medalist in the Junior 8+
  • 2015 SRAA National Championship, 6th place- Junior 8+
  • 2014, 2015, and 2016 Midwest Scholastic Championship gold medalist
  • Three-time national championship qualifier
  • Three- year varsity letter winner

    Head Coach Matt Weise: "Emma is a competitor and makes her boats fast. She is going to set a high standard for the coxswain group in the fall and we are excited to see her excel at Michigan State over the next four years."

    Kendall Gillen
    Canton, MI/ Salem High School
    Scholastic Sports: Legacy Volleyball Club | Middle blocker
    Intended Major: Kinesiology

  • 2016 1st team All-Conference
  • 2016 1st team All-Region
  • 2016 All-State nominee


    Head Coach Matt Weise: "Kendall is a dynamic and all-around athlete who can thrive at Michigan State. Her excitement for rowing has continued to grow throughout the recruiting process and we look forward to seeing her develop into a top-tier rower as a Spartan."

    Julia Hojnaski
    Tampa, FL/Academy of Holy Names
    The Stewards Foundation
    Intended Major: Business

  • 2015 FSRA Sweep Championships gold medalist
  • 2015 Head of the Hooch silver medalist
  • Coxed the very first men's masters 4+ from Bogota Rowing Club (Bogota, Colombia) at the 2016 Head of the Charles.

    Head Coach Matt Weise: "Julia is an intelligent coxswain and her determination to find ways to continue to improve and seek out a challenge is what stood out during the recruiting process. She has a wide range of coxing experience and everything she has learned will help her as she transitions to a new group of rowers in the fall".

    Olivia Huhn-Tarvudd
    Harbor Springs, MI/Harbor Springs High School
    Scholastic Sports: Vardar Northern Michigan Soccer Club | Midfielder
    Intended Major: Pre-med

  • 2016 District Champions
  • All-District team

    Head Coach Matt Weise: "Olivia is a solid athlete and her desire to outwork her opponents is what is going to make her a great rower and teammate within our program".

    Emilee Koenig
    Dayton, OH/Oakwood High School
    Greater Dayton Rowing Association
    Intended Major: Pre-med

  • 2015 Youth Nationals, 5th place- 4x
  • 2015 Club Nationals bronze medalist, U17 4x
  • Junior National Team Development Camp

    Head Coach Matt Weise: "We not only recruited Emilee for her rowing ability, but for her leadership qualities. She is a fierce competitor, leads by example, and holds her teammates accountable. The combination of competitiveness and leadership is going to make her a great asset to this freshmen class."

    MacKenzie McClelland
    Lansing, MI/Okemos High School
    Scholastic Sports: Okemos Basketball, Chill Soccer Club | goalkeeper
    Intended Major: Undecided

  • 2016 League Champion- Soccer
  • 2015 Nike Soccer Tournament Champion
  • Team captain for Okemos Basketball and Soccer teams
  • All-Academic Team

    Head Coach Matt Weise: "MacKenzie is a local stand-out basketball and soccer player and has shown her determination and poise on the court. She has good power and body awareness for her tall frame and has demonstrated she can transfer that to the erg."

    Emmy Robinson
    Novi, MI/Novi High School
    Scholastic Sports: Legacy Volleyball Club
    Intended Major: Early childhood education

  • Starting middle blocker and team captain for the back-to-back state champion and #2 nationally ranked Novi High School volleyball team.

    Head Coach Matt Weise: "Emmy is a proven winner and leader on her volleyball team. She has impressed us with her athleticism, leadership abilities, and confidence- all of which will be a tremendous asset to her development as a rower".

    Noelle Rohde
    Olivet, MI/Olivet High School
    Scholastic Sports: Track (long jump), Basketball (center), Volleyball (middle blocker)
    Intended Major: English

  • Track and Field All-State
  • Academic All-State
  • Qualified for the Michigan State Powerlifting competition
  • Three-time District volleyball champions

    Head Coach Matt Weise: "Noelle's enthusiasm for Michigan State and rowing is evident every time we talk with her and even more apparent is her drive to be successful in the sport. She has continued to demonstrate her versatility and work ethic throughout the recruiting process

    Morgan Sotzen
    Mount Pleasant, MI/Alma High School
    Scholastic Sports: Tennis and swimming (freestyle)
    Intended Major: Pre-med

  • 2017 Senior Scholar-Athlete
  • 2016 First Doubles Honorable Mention
  • Qualified in the 50, 100, 200, and 500 freestyle for the Michigan Swim League Championship
  • 2nd place, First Doubles at Ovid Elsie Tennis Tournament

    Head Coach Matt Weise: "Morgan is a dedicated and versatile student-athlete and from day one on the erg, she was not afraid to take a risk and challenge herself- that mentality will take her far at this level and in this sport."

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