Oct. 19, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The Indiana rowing team had six new rowers sign letters of intent to join the team this season as the Hoosiers take on a tough Big Ten schedule as well as a challenging non-conference slate. Here is a little bit more on the six newcomers to the IU rowing team, three of which were high school teammates, two hail from the Washington, D.C. area and the other is from Buffalo, N.Y.
Anderson earned four varsity letters at Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Fla. while being named Most Dedicated Novice her freshman year. She also earned Outstanding Oarswoman her sophomore and senior seasons and led her team to a third place finish at the Scholastic Nationals and a second place finish at the Stotesbury Cup as a junior. Anderson has two sisters, Hannah and Maya and a brother, Nick, and is the daughter of Doug Anderson and Judy Gardner and plans to major in psychology.
Martin earned three letters in rowing while attending Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Fla., with current IU teammate Becca Shoemaker. There she led her team to Southeast Regional title in 2006 and was a member of the senior varsity eight boat that finished third at the Scholastic National Championships in 2006. She also set school records in the hour-long erg twice and holds the top two times in the 2K at Winter Park. Outside of rowing, Martin was involved with Fellowship for Christian Athletes, Humanities Club, Environment Club and the Private Debate Group. Undecided on a major, Martin has one brother, William, and is the daughter of William and Julie Martin.
Shoemaker lettered four years at Winter Park High School alongside current IU teammate Ginny Martin, and was team captain for three seasons. She led Winter Park to the Florida state championship in 2004-05 and 2005-06 and also took second at the Stotesbury Cup in the junior eight in 2005 and the senior eight in 2006. Shoemaker was a member of the senior varsity eight boat that finished third at the Scholastic National Championships in 2006 and propelled her team to an undefeated season in the state of Florida during the 2005-06 season. Shoemaker was also a member of the National English Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society as well as the International Baccalaureate Program. She is the daughter of Kent and Lynn Shoemaker and plans to major in Biology (Pre-Med).
Benson, a native of Kensington, Md., was a three-time letterwinner at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School. She was named All-Metropolitan Area honorable mention as a junior and led her team to semifinal appearances at the Stotesbury Cup in 2005 and 2006. As a sophomore, she won the silver medal at the National Capital Championships attended the Junior National Development Camp. Outside of rowing, she was a volunteer at the National Institutes of Health Pediatric Unit, where she also completed an internship. Benson, the daughter of Todd and Elizabeth Benson, has one brother, Luke and plans to major in education at Indiana.
Mary Kate Murphy
Murphy attended Orchard Park High School, but was a member of the West Side Rowing Club in Buffalo, N.Y. She led the club four to the New York state championship in 2007 and also won state championships in the club eight in 2005 and 2006. She also earned top five finishes in 2005 and 2006 at the Canadian Henley in the Junior A eight. Murphy has a twin sister, Laura, and a brother, David, and is the daughter of Kevin and Linda Murphy and will be majoring in business.
Saylor earned one varsity letter in rowing at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland and led the team to a third place finish at Stotesbury Cup in 2004. Her team also placed third in the four and second in the eight at the U.S. Nationals in 2004, while finishing second in both the four and eight at the Canadian Nationals. Saylor also garnered All-Met honorable mention and Most Valuable Rower accolades in 2006. Outside of rowing, Saylor completed an elementary school internship and received the Viking Award for her work in the classroom at Walt Whitman. She has one sister, Maureen and is the daughter of Dave and Annette Saylor with an undecided major.