Alice Beittel
Position: Coxswain Height: 5’1" Year: 3rd Hometown: San Leandro, CA Major: Environmental Science and Management

Hobbies: Snowboarding, scuba diving, gardening, hiking, traveling, being outdoors, eating kale and chocolate chip cookies (but not together), cooking, and reading

Why Rowing? When I initially looked into the UC Davis Rowing Team, I was very drawn to the idea of being outside and on the water, but I don’t think I realized how much rowing would come to impact me mentally, push me physically, and change the way I think about what is possible. The team is filled with some of the most dedicated and driven women I have ever met. After coming to the first practice and falling in love with the sport, joining rowing has been one of the best decisions I have made at UC Davis. I have never looked back since!


Caitlin Dedet

Position: Starboard Height: 5’5” Year: 4th Hometown: San Bruno, CA Major: General Biology with an emphasis in Marine Biology, Minor in Psychology

Hobbies: Reading, swimming, singing, dancing, snorkeling, scuba diving, sleeping, & eating.

Favorite athlete: TOBIN POWELL HEATH aka The Nutmeg Queen, the most insanely talented and awesome midfielder to ever play for the USWNT (which is our national team for women’s soccer for all of you out there living under a rock).

Why Rowing? When I first came to Davis I knew absolutely no one and I was interested in trying something new and challenging that could keep me active but still be fun. I found a flyer for the info meeting for rowing and ended up joining the team. This team has become my home away from home and joining has been one of the best decisions of my life.


Sarah Donaldson

Position: Port, Starboard, Gear & Facilities Manager Height: 5'10" Year: 4th Major: Psychology Hometown: Orange, CA

Hobbies: I like hanging out with friends and family, watching sports, and puzzles.

Why Rowing? I wanted to be a part of a team on campus and get a good workout in a the same time.


Sayra Escobar

Position: Port Height: 5'7" Year: 4th Hometown: So Cal Major: Psychology

Hobbies: I'm very busy, so when I do have free time, I like to just lay on my bed and stare at nothing. I like making people laugh, and I like drinking coffee.

Favorite Athlete: Beyonce

Why Rowing? Exercise and social aspect


Kelly Gullett

Position: Starboard, Coxswain, President Height: 5'5" Year: 4th Hometown: Phoenix, AZ Major: Chemistry

Hobbies: Chemistry

Favorite athlete: Katie Pratt

Why Rowing? I have been rowing for 7 years now, and have loved every moment. Going fast is so much fun and I love how devoted we are all to our boats and the team in general.


Maia Haugaard

Position: Coxswain Height: 5'4" Year: 2nd Major: Psychology Hometown: Diamond Springs

Hobbies: I like to read and learn new things

Why Rowing? I joined rowing to stay active and make friends

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Shreya Kandasamy

Position: Starboard Height: 5'7" Year: 2nd Major: Psychology Hometown: Chennai, India

Hobbies: Reading, singing and watching movies

Favorite Athlete: Johnny Weir

Why Rowing? I joined the crew team because I wanted to meet more people and I love being out on the water.


Sydney Kolvenbach

Position: Starboard Height: 5’6” Year: 4th Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA Major: Physics with an emphasis in astrophysics

Hobbies: snowboarding, wakeboarding, backpacking, camping, watching netflix, sleeping, PUPPIES, working out, hiking, volunteering;

Favorite athlete: Chum Drum Bedrum --CM

Why Rowing? One of the varsity members from last year told me I should, so I did. Also, I wanted to get involved with UC Davis. Joining this team was probably the best decision I’ve ever made.


Daphne Kuta

Position: Port, Starboard Height: 5'9" Year: 3rd Major: Geology Hometown: Benicia, CA

Hobbies: I like to be active, laugh, learn, and hang out with loved ones

Favorite Athlete: Serena Williams

Why Rowing? My mother and aunt rowed, and I heard the novice team won nationals!


Kaila Mattera

Position: Port, Starboard, Vice President Height: 5’3” Year: 4th Hometown: Simi Valley, CA

Majors: Human Development, Communications

Hobbies (include but are not limited to): Traveling, DIY projects, photography, videography, cooking, water skiing, snowboarding, and being outdoors.

Why Rowing? When I first moved up to Davis, I wanted to explore every new opportunity available to me and journey down a path to find myself as an individual. I never played any organized sports in high school, so I saw an opportunity with rowing to be a part of a team, learn something new while everyone else was also starting from scratch, and challenge myself to do something different. I didn’t really know just how challenging rowing would be when I first joined, but I don’t know who I would be now without my team and this unique sport.


Jessica Manginelli

Position: Port, Travel Coordinator Height: 5’8” Year: 2nd Hometown: Fillmore, CA Major: Biological Sciences

Hobbies: Be with my team mates!

Why Rowing? I love the family that rowing gives you and reaching new limits with my body.


Rachel McConnell

Position: Starboard, Treasurer Height: 5'4" Year: 2nd Major: Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology Hometown: Malibu, CA

Hobbies: Backpacking, camping, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, petting dogs, baking blue chocolate chip cookies, spending time with friends and family, traveling, and watching Netflix

Why Rowing? Rowing is something very different from all the other sports I played in high school. Its much more physically challenging, which I love, and you get to spend time with some of your closest friends! I also miss the open water since I grew up by the ocean, and rowing gives me a chance to be on the water every morning.


Claudia Mortyn

Position: Starboard, Media & Communications Height: 5'5" Year: 2nd Major: Animal Biology Hometown: San Diego

Hobbies: hiking, kayaking, cooking

Why Rowing? to stay active and to be part of a team


Veronica Pedraza

Position: Port Height: 5'4" Year: 4th Major: Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology Hometown: Garden Grove

Hobbies: I like to go hiking and camping. Anything that has to do with the outdoors.

Favorite Athlete: Mia Hamm

Why Rowing? I wanted to try something new and exciting. I had seen rowers before and thought it would be cool to do that one day.


Katie Pratt

Position: Port, Starboard

Year: 2nd

Hometown: Ridgefield, Connecticut


Rachel Quillen

Position: Port Height: 5'4" Year: 2nd Major: Political Science Hometown: San Mateo

Hobbies: Sleep, run, eat, and row

Favorite Athlete: Michael Phelps

Why Rowing? It was a complete coincidence, but I ended up at the meeting to get info for my friend and ended up deciding that rowing was something I wanted to try out. The next day we were in boats at the pool and I was like - ya I want to do this.


Madison Satre

Position: Port Height: 5’10 Year: 2nd Hometown: Fresno Major: Psychology

Hobbies: Hiking, hangin with friends, jammin to some sick beats, car rides, sleep, watch movies

Why Rowing? I originally joined the team because i wanted to avoid the freshmen 15 and do more than just sleep all day. The amazing people I have met and the amount of strength I gained along side them is what kepps me on the team. The sunrises every morning are pretty cool too.

“Sometimes you gotta work a little, so you can ball a lot” - Tom Haverford


Olivia Walsh

Position: Port, Starboard Height: 5'8" Year: 2nd Major: Global Disease Biology Hometown: Oakland, CA

Hobbies: Hiking, petting dogs, watching Netflix, eating, camping, reading

Favorite athlete: Steph Curry

Why Rowing? I rowed in high school and I wanted to have the same kind of community here at Davis. I met the team and loved it!

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Meghan Wong

Position: Starboard, Fundraiser Height: 5'4" Year: 2nd Major: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior Hometown: Barrington, Illinois

Hobbies: traveling, reading, hiking, cooking/baking, binge watching CSI, eating

Favorite Athlete: Artemi Panarin

Why Rowing? I wanted to try something outside of my comfort zone that would keep me active and to make use of my mornings. I can get a good workout in while being around super fun people so it's a win-win :)