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Triangle Rowing Club Historic First in Augusta, Finishing Fall Season with 3 Athletes Signing to Row at D1 Programs!


RALEIGH, NC, November 13, 2019,  Triangle Rowing Club, the Triangle’s premier youth rowing program, had three athletes sign National Letters of Intent to row for top college rowing programs in the country on National Signing Day this past Wednesday.  Two TRC Women, Ella Hill (coxswain) and Sophia Von Dauber announced their commitment to continue their rowing careers with the University of Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville next fall.  The 24-year-old program has matured into a national power, coached by Lisa Glenn for the past 21 years.  Lady Vols Rowers practice on the Tennessee River, which runs through campus, and their home is the Wayne G. Basler Boathouse, directly across the street from Neyland Stadium on the waterfront. Tennessee Rowing competes in the Division 1 Big 12 Conference.

Ella Hill of Raleigh, N.C. and daughter of Meg and David Hill, is a student at Needham B. Broughton High School, where she is a member of the International Baccalaureate Programme, a member of the National Honor Society, as well as a member of the BHS Model United Nations.  She is also a skilled writer, earning a finalist position in the Raleigh Fine Arts Short Story Contest. A captain of the 2019-2020 TRC team and member for 4 years, Ella has repeatedly proven her value to the team as she has coxed the TRC Women’s Varsity 4+ at Head of the Charles in 2018 (16th of 84) and 2019 (14th of 85) and coxed Women’s Varsity 4+ for gold medals at the 2019 High Point Regatta and 2019 Head of the South, and silver at 2019 First Coast Head Race, among other achievements.  When Ella is not rowing, she enjoys her church youth group, lifeguarding, art and spending time in or near bodies of water. She plans to major in Psychology at the University of Tennessee in the Fall of 2020.

Sophia Von Dauber of Apex, NC and daughter of Joe and Michelle Von Dauber, is a student at Apex Friendship High School, where she has been a committee leader for Project Unify for 4 years, has been a member of Health Occupations Students of America for 4 years and has lettered for two years on the varsity swim.   She will also join the nationally rising Lady Vols Rowing Team in the Fall of 2020 in Knoxville, TN.  Sophia, a captain of the 2019-2020 TRC Rowing Team, has been rowing with TRC for 6 years and has earned rankings at the National level of Youth Rowing.  Sophia has earned spots to race at USRowing Youth Nationals for two consecutive years and earned 13th in 2018 and won the Bronze (3rd) in 2019, both in the Women’s pair events.  She was a member of TRC Women’s Varsity 4+ at Head of the Charles in 2018 (16th of 84) and 2019 (14th of 85) as well, helping to make North Carolina youth rowing history as the first youth rowing team ever to earn an automatic rebid to the historic Head of the Charles Race in Boston.  When she is not rowing, Sophia enjoys water skiing, snow skiing, playing the violin, raising chickens and working at her job at Goodberry’s. Sophia will major in Health Sciences in the Fall of 2020 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. 

Isabelle McGimsey of Raleigh, N.C. and daughter of Jim and Kim McGimsey, is a student at Needham B. Broughton High School, where she is a member of Broughton High School Model United Nations.  Along with her studies and rowing, she has also balanced being an intern at Lacy Elementary School, 2018-2020 and being an intern at White Memorial Weekday Preschool, 2019-2020. Isabelle will be joining the up and coming D1 Women’s Rowing Team at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as a coxswain.  The UNC Women’s Rowing program, coached by Sarah Haney since 2002, has grown in size and recognition over recent years. UNC collaborates to host an annual Lake Wheeler Invitational Regatta, attracting nationally ranked teams throughout the US. Isabelle is a captain of the 2019-2020 TRC varsity team, and has been a member of the club for 4 years.  Honors include coxing the TRC Women’s Varsity 8+ to US Rowing Youth Nationals 2019 and receiving the TRC Coaches Award 2016-2017. In the Fall 2019, Isabelle coxed the Women’s Varsity 8+ to a gold medal at High Point Autumn Rowing Festival, and silver medals at both First Coast Head Race and Head of the South Regatta. When she is not rowing, Isabelle enjoys participating in her church youth group, the church first impressions team, babysitting and spending time with friends and family, and working with children.  She also works at Abrams and Abrams Law Firm and as a part time nanny. Isabelle plans to major in Human Development and Family Studies/Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Fall of 2020. 


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AUGUSTA, GA, November 9, 2019,  At the Head of the South Regatta in Augusta,GA, team TRC concluded its rowing season earning first place to take the points trophy on the Savannah River on Saturday. Fantastic finishes by a majority of the team's boat entries carried TRC to a commanding victory of 226 points over second place, Atomic Rowing with 163. Capping a great season run, TRC brought home 17 total medals!

🥇 Gold: Men's 2-, Women's 4+, Men's Novice 4+, Women's Novice 8+, Mixed 2x  

🥈 Silver: Men's Lightweight 4+, Men's 4+, Women's 8+, Men's U16 8+, Women's Lightweight 4+, Men's Novice 8+ 

🥉 Bronze: 2V Men's 2-, 2V Women’s Novice 8+, 2V Mixed 2x, Women's Novice 4+, Mixed 4+

Next up for these student athletes is indoor winter training to gear up for the spring 2K sprint season.  A Sneak Peek Week will be coming in February, offering a free one week of learning to row for 7th-12th graders just in time to join our team for Spring season.


About Triangle Rowing Club

Triangle Rowing Club is a competitive youth rowing team based in Wake County, North Carolina, open to students of middle and high school age in the Triangle area. The club practices at Lake Wheeler Park in Raleigh. TRC alums have rowed for collegiate rowing teams including the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, The University of Tennessee, Wesley College, Northeastern University, Wellesley College, Villanova University, Brown University, Duke University, University of Alabama, Temple University, Clemson University, Saint Joseph’s University, Southern Methodist University, University of Miami, University of Oklahoma and University of Tulsa. 


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