Rowing signs trio in spring signing period
April 22, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas head coach Carie Graves has announced the signing of three rowers for the 2010-11 academic year. The signees join Graves' five signees from the fall to bring the Horns' total recruiting class to eight rowers. The Longhorns signed Sydney Boyes (St. Catharine's, Ontario), Devon Clark (Brockville, Ontario) and Katie Morgan (Austin, Texas).
Boyes attends Governor Simcoe Secondary School and rows for St. Catharine's Rowing Club, joining five other St. Catharine's alums at Texas. An accomplished rower, Boyes, was invited to the 2010 Rowing Canada U23 Development Camp in British Columbia. Boyes has recorded three-straight first-place finishes at the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships, claiming first in the junior lightweight in 2008 and 2009 and first in the U23 lightweight in 2010. In 2007, she helped her U23 lightweight 8+ to a first-place finish at the Royal Canadian Henley.
"Sydney is an accomplished young athlete," Graves said. "Her commitment and determination will be great assets for our team in the coming years."
Clark, a three-sport athlete at Brockville Collegiate Institute, comes to Texas after a decorated rowing track and gymnastics career. The current high school senior has rowed for Brockville Rowing Club for the past two seasons. In 2010, Clark was invited to the Rowing Canada Junior National Team Program Camp after a successful 2009 in which she helped her youth 4+ to a bronze medal at the Head of the Hooch. She also earned a pair of gold medals at the 2009 E.R.A High School Rowing Championships in Quebec, claiming first with her senior quad- and junior 8+.
"Relatively new to the rowing scene, Devon already has shown great promise as an invitee to the U-19 Canadian training camp this past spring," Graves said. "We are excited to watch her continue to grow and improve in our program."
Morgan is a local product from Bowie High School who is a coxswain at the Texas Rowing Center. She comes to Texas after spending one year at Texas State University. In 2009, she competed in both the U.S. Junior National Development Camp and Youth Nationals. At the 2009 Texas State Championships she coxed her lightweight 4+ to a win and coxed a men's 4+, men's lightweight 4+ and a men's 8+ to three second-place finishes.
"Katie is a local young woman with a commanding voice and substantial race experience," Graves said. "We look forward to her leadership in the coxswain's seat."
The trio joins the class of Michelle Beck (Redding, Conn.), Jessica Glennie (Auckland, New Zealand), Lauren Lehman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Olivia Nail (St. Catharine's, Ontario) and Tea Vrtlar (Split, Croatia) that Texas signed in the fall 2009.