Dec. 5, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford women's rowing head coach Yasmin Farooq announced Wednesday the signing of two standouts, Reilly Hayes and Ruth Narode, to National Letters of Intent.
Hayes (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS) and Narode (Portland, Ore./Oregon Episcopal School) will enroll and begin competition at Stanford in the 2013-14 school year.
"Reilly and Ruth exemplify what it means to be Stanford oarswomen," Farooq said. "To qualify for a November NLI at Stanford means that you are among the best of the best, academically and athletically. It's a huge honor. I could not be more proud to name them as the first two members of Stanford's Class of 2017. They are high achievers who have never taken a shortcut. They expect to work hard and dare to dream big. Best of all, they are outstanding and caring teammates who will fit in perfectly with the 'Women of Stanford.' Everyone on the team welcomes them with open arms and we can't wait for them to get here."
An accomplished sculler and sweep rower, Hayes earned a silver medal in the women's varsity double at 2012 USRowing Youth Nationals, and fifth place in the women's youth double at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in October. She finished fifth in the women's junior four at the 2011 Head of the Charles and won gold medals in the varsity quad at the 2011 Southwest Regionals and in the freshman eight at the 2010 Southwest Regionals.
"Stanford is exactly where I want to be," Hayes said. "With an amazing rowing team, fabulous academic tradition and an all-around good spirit that encompasses the campus, I cannot wait to be a part of the Stanford Class of 2017. It's a dream come true."
Narode is the top recruit in the U.S. this year. She was second at the 2012 CRASH-B Indoor Rowing Championship, going stroke-for-stroke to the finish line with the top international junior entrant and pulling a new personal best 2,000-meter time of 6:55.4. She followed her indoor accomplishments with success on the water, earning victory in the senior women's pair at the 2012 USRowing Club Nationals and a silver medal for the United States in the women's four at the 2012 World Junior Rowing Championships in Bulgaria.
"I feel incredibly humbled and honored to have the opportunity to be a student-athlete at Stanford," Narode said. "When I visited Stanford, everyone, not only the team but all of the students and faculty that I met were incredibly welcoming and positive. The students and athletes love the school, thrive on hard work, and enjoy their time at Stanford. I cannot wait to be part of such a vibrant and joyful community. The team has a wonderful dynamic in that everything is done with complete effort, and that all of the athletes happily welcome doing what is necessary to succeed. I am excited to join the team and be teammates with such remarkable athletes and individuals."
Stanford will open its championship season from March 30-31 at Redwood Shores at the Pac-12 Challenge. Stanford and fellow Pac-12 crews California and Oregon State will take on Clemson, Northeastern and Oklahoma.