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Cynthia Nelson
Position: Starboard
Height: 5'9"
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Gold River, Calif.
High School: Rio Americano

2013-14 (Freshman)

  • Saw time with the second varsity four during the spring 
  • Earned a bronze medal in the novice eight to help Stanford win its first Pac-12 Championship
  • Lost to No. 2 Cal in the Big Row
  • Finished fourth in the Grand Final of the 2V4 at the Lake Natoma Invitational 
  • Lost to No. 3 Virginia in head-to-head action at the Pac-12 Challenge 
  • Went undefeated during the fall in the Novice 8+ 
  • Won gold at the Head of the Lagoon with the Stanford A Novice 8+ 
  • Made her collegiate debut with a first place finish in the Novice 8+ and 15th place in the Women’s Collegiate 4+ with the Stanford D boat at the Head of the American

High School

  • Graduated in 2013 from Rio Americano High School 
  • Rowed at the club level from 2009-13 
  • Qualified for Nationals two times 
  • Finished first in the novice at the Southwest Junior Regional Championships in 2010


  • Born in Sacramento, Calif. 
  • Mother is Cecille Taylor 
  • Has one brother, Chris Nelson 
  • Mother, Cecille attended Stanford and was a member of the club rugby team before suffering a career-ending injury against Cal in her first game 
  • Major is undeclared