STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford women’s rowing head coach Yasmin Farooq has announced the 2013 signing class with three individuals signing national letter of intents to attend Stanford University next fall.
Signing this week with Stanford is Anne Bertram out of National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., Tracy Roberts from Lakewood Ranch High School in Bradenton, Fla. and Alie Rusher from St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H.
"Alie, Anne and Tracy are three fantastic early signees for us this year," said head coach Yasmin Farooq. "They are a testament to academic and athletic excellence and all three are going to be exceptional Stanford student-athletes for the next four years. They join a highly motivated and enthusiastic team who will welcome them with open arms."
Currently goes to school at the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. … invited to the 2012 USRowing Junior Women’s National Team Sweep Selection Camp … selected to the Junior Nationals Worlds Development Team in 2013 … 2012 and 2013 Spring first team All-Met selection by the Washington Post … first place finish at the Scholastic National Championship in the 8+ … won the state championship in the Freshmen 8+ in 2011 … finished second in the 8+ at the state championships as a sophomore and junior … won a silver medal in the eight at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta in 2012 and 2013 … finished first in the 20-minute row for the junior women’s division at the Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints in 2012 … holds the school record in the 2k and 20-minute erg pieces … senior captain … also played basketball and soccer … rowed with the TBC Racing club … won the 8+ for the Junior B division at US Rowing Club Nationals in 2011 … won the 8+ and was second in the 4+ at the 2013 US Rowing Club Nationals Regatta … took fourth in the 8+ at the 2012 Canadian Henley Regatta … claimed seventh in the 8+ at the 2012 Head of the Charles … born in Washington, D.C. … parents are Chris and Katy Bertram … mother, Katy, rowed at Wisconsin with Farooq for one season and won a NCAA Championship … has one brother, Paul.
Farooq on Bertram
“Anne makes things happen. She is the perfect blend of Fire and Nice--perfect attributes for Stanford. She is a driven athlete who has gone out of her way to create rowing opportunities wherever she can find them, including rowing for the Thompson Boat Club when her NCS team is out of season. Anne loves to pull hard and win. At the same time she is an exceptional teammate, someone who is incredibly responsible and conscientious of those around her. She is strategic and motivated, but knows how to keep the environment light and fun. She made it clear to us that she was Stanford through and through, and she is going to shine here."
Bertram on Choosing Stanford
"Stanford is exactly the place I want to be for the next four years because there are limitless possibilities both academically and athletically. There is a huge focus on forward thinking, not only in the class room, but also in the athletic department with the way coaches and trainers approach student athletes. I can't wait to be on The Farm!"
Currently goes to school at Lakewood Ranch High School in Bradenton, Fla. … competes for the Sarasota Crew club … won the FSRA State Championship in 2013 … started rowing in January and posted a 7:19 erg score just five months in to the sport … also played basketball … born in Salt Lake City, Utah … parents are Barry and Robin Roberts … has one brother, Tommy.
Farooq on Roberts
“Tracy is an outstanding athlete who we were fortunate to discover early in her rowing career. She has been rowing less than a year, but she caught our attention because of her quick success on the rowing machine and excellent recommendation from her high school Coach Marty Beyer. She won us over with her incredible motivation to show what she can really do as both a student and an athlete. She wants to excel and is committed to constant improvement. When she came on her official visit, she identified with Stanford immediately. On our side, her work ethic and conviction really came through. She will be a fantastic Division I and Stanford rower."
Roberts on Choosing Stanford
"The second I stepped onto the campus, I knew that I wanted to be at Stanford. I've never felt as invigorated and stimulated as I did when I visited campus. I love the competition and drive Stanford students have both in athletics and academics. I cannot wait to spend the next years of my life at such an incredible university and compete alongside such phenomenal athletes and students."
Attends St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H. … hometown is Glenview, Ill. … captain of the crew team her senior year … helped lead the eight to a NEPSAC title in 2012 … finished ninth at Youth Nationals in 2012 with the eight … also competes in volleyball, hockey and nordic skiing … three-time league all-star and 2013 league MVP for volleyball … captain of the volleyball team as a senior … born in London, England … younger sister of current Stanford rower and sophomore Kay Rusher … parents, John and Cindy Rusher, are both Olympians … father, John, is a member of the Harvard Hall of Fame and was a three-time collegiate national champion as well as a two-time Olympic rower (bronze in 1988, 1992) … mother, Cindy, rowed with Farooq at Wisconsin, was a national champion in 1986 and rowed in both the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, winning silver in the women's four in 1992.
Farooq on Rusher
“Alie and sister Kay were the dynamic duo at St. Paul's when they rowed together there in 2011-12. Both are exceptional athletes, but together, they make one another even better. We were psyched to get Kay last year and her development is ahead of schedule. She is extremely motivated. Likewise, Alie's got incredible drive, work ethic and raw potential. She really wants to be excellent in every way. She has done everything right, academically and athletically, to prepare for an amazing career here, and I'm confident she will maximize every opportunity."
Rusher on Choosing Stanford
"I picked Stanford because I'll get to row all year round, live on a beautiful campus, and go to school with my sister again. All while getting one of the best educations in the world. What I wanted most is to find a place where I could enjoy in my college experience and Stanford definitely seems like the place for me."