Dec. 7, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. -
Reigning CRCA Division I National Coach of the Year Yasmin Farooq, head coach of the defending national champion Stanford women's rowing team, announced the signing of Molly Fehr (Orinda, Calif./Miramonte), Rebeca Felix (San Marino, Calif./San Marino) and Kristy Wentzel (San Anselmo, Calif./The Branson School) to national letters-of-intent Monday.
The talented trio will join the Stanford crew for the 2010-11 athletic year and will begin classes on The Farm in fall 2010.
"Our team is very hands on when recruits come to visit, and when Kristy, Rebeca and Molly came to Stanford, it really confirmed for all of us that they are going to be wonderful contributors to our team," Farooq said. "Molly's confidence and desire, Rebeca's serious work ethic and caring nature, and Kristy's incredible balance and positive attitude will go a long way here. Each of their unique qualities will further enhance this team. I can't wait for them to get here."
Fehr, a 5-3 coxswain from Orinda, Calif., currently rows for the Oakland Strokes, co-captaining the club in 2009-10. Since she started rowing for the club in 2006, Fehr has been a part of boats such as the women's eight that captured the Head of the American and finished third at U.S. Club Nationals in 2008, as well as part of the lightweight eight that captured its class at the 2008 San Diego Crew Classic. Additionally, she was selected as the coxswain for the 2009 U.S. CanAmMex eight.
Academically, Fehr is a National Merit Scholar as well as a team captain of her Mock Trial team in 2009-10. She is also a "Le Grand Concours" National French Exam finalist.
"I'm so excited to be a student-athlete at Stanford next year," Fehr said. "Both the academic and athletic opportunities I will have while at Stanford will undoubtedly stay with me for the rest of my life. The combination of an amazing team, outstanding coaching staff, and stellar school is a dream come true."
The 5-9 Felix will join the Cardinal from Long Beach Junior Crew, where she has rowed since 2007. The San Marino, Calif. native was recently part of the U.S. junior women's eight that captured the gold at the 2009 World Rowing Junior Championships in Brive-la Gaillarde Lac du Causse Correzien, France. Prior to that, she also placed fourth in the double sculls at the 2009 USRowing Youth National Championships.
She is also not the first member of her immediate family to have rowed internationally, as her sister Christina was a member of the U.S. Junior National Team from 2007-08 and rowed for the Under-23 National Team in 2009. Her father, Juan Carlos Felix, competed in the single sculls representing Puerto Rico in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games.
In the classroom, Felix is a member of the National Honor Society and was a Girl's State nominee in 2009.
"I'm so excited to join the Stanford community," Felix said. "It's the perfect atmosphere for me and the people are so welcoming. Go Cardinal!"
Wentzel, from San Anselmo, Calif., began rowing in 2007 for the Marin Rowing Association. Along with Felix, Wentzel was part of the gold medal-winning U.S. eight at the 2009 World Rowing Junior Championships, and she captured another gold as part of the women's eight at the 2009 USRowing Youth National Championships.
Also in 2009, Wentzel win gold with the club eight at the San Diego Crew Classic and the USRowing Southwest District Junior Champioships. Prior to that she finished second in the junior four with coxswain and third in the junior eight at the 2007 USRowing Club National Championships.
At The Branson School, the 6-1 Wentzel also stars for the volleyball team, which swept to CIF North Coast Section, NorCal and State titles in 2009. She was also named an NCS Scholar-Athlete as a junior.
Wentzel's father earned a bronze medal in field hockey at the 1987 Pan-American Games while her uncle was a junior national team member in rowing.
"Getting accepted into Stanford and joining the rowing program is one of the biggest honors I could ever ask for," Wentzel said. "The opportunity to row with the best athletes in the nation has always been a dream of mine, and there is no other coach I would rather have than Yaz. I cannot wait to put on a Stanford sweatshirt and join The Farm!"
The 2009 national champion Stanford women's rowing team begins defense of its crown on Saturday, April 3 at the Pac-10 Challenge at Redwood Shores.