BERKELEY – Seniors Agatha Nowinski and Greer Uu have been named California women’s rowing team captains for the 2014 season, head coach Dave O’Neill announced. Nowinski and Uu have been teammates for years, rowing together even before their time at Cal. While at their junior club, Capital Crew, the Golden Bear teammates raced a pair together at Youth Nationals in 2010.
"Since Greer and Aggie have known each other for so long and been teammates going back to their junior days, they have a clear sense of what they what their goals are and what needs to be done to get there,” O’Neill said. “It is really a special dynamic, and it's been working very well. They have been great leaders in every way."
Nowinski spent her entire junior season as a member of Cal’s varsity eight, helping lead the boat to the 2013 NCAA Championship. She began the year in the bow position on the varsity eight, and moved to stroke for Cal’s victory over Stanford. Nowinski was the stroke for the varsity eight at the Pac-12 Championships, and was named to the All-Pac-12 team. Following the season, Nowinski was named a 2013 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Pocock First-Team All-American and earned Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Division I All-West Region first-team honors.
"Aggie is the fierce competitor who simply wants to get to work instead of talking about it,” O’Neill said. “In many ways, she's the typical Cal rower: a serious killer on the water but a total goofball off the water."
"I've always known Greer to do whatever is best for the team,” said Nowinski. “She has high standards both morally and athletically, and never fails to bring those around her up; I think that's part of what makes her such a great team captain."
Uu began her junior season in between the varsity four (three seat) and second varsity eight for Cal. She competed with the open eight at the San Diego Crew Classic, before moving to the varsity four for the remainder of the season. Uu was a member of the varsity four that beat Washington and won the Lake Natoma Invitational. She was the stroke for the varsity four that won the Pac-12 Championship and won the “B” final at NCAA Championships.
"Greer is probably the most dependable athlete on the team,” O’Neill said. “She brings her best every day and always has a terrific attitude. She has that special quality as a leader where she makes everyone feel good about themselves even though she might be delivering bad news. Her positive outlook and smile are infectious and makes us all better."
“I'm really excited about being captain this year,” said Uu. “We have a strong group of senior leaders, so it was such an honor being named co-captain. Aggie and I have rowed together for seven years and its awesome we are finishing our senior year together at Cal as co-captains.”
The Bears open their 2014 season with a trip to Penrith, Australia, where they’ll compete in the Sydney International Rowing Regatta from March 24 – 29.