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Four Athletes Sign With Women's Rowing

Dec. 21, 2005

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University head women's rowing coach Glenn Putyrae has announced the signing of four student-athletes to national letters of intent. Joining the Bulldogs for the 2006-07 school year will be Sophie Bluhm, Samantha Cekovic, Chelsie Eddings and Kathryn Molitor.

Bluhm is from Oakland, Calif., where she currently attends Bishop O'Dowd High and is competing in her fourth year as a member of the Oakland Strokes rowing team. She was a member of the third varsity boat as a junior helping that boat finish second at the Southwest Junior Regional Championships. This fall she was a member of the junior varsity boat that won the Head of the Lake high school junior varsity division.

Cekovic is from San Francisco where she is an honor roll student at Lowell High. She is in her second year of rowing for the Pacific Rowing Club. Last spring she was a member of the novice 8 boat that finished third at the Southwest Junior Regional Championships. This fall she earned a spot in the varsity 8 rowing with the boat at the Head of the American and Head of the Lake.

Eddings is from North Bend, Wash., where she attends Mount Si High. She is in her third year of rowing for the Sammamish Rowing Association where she sculls and sweeps. As a sophomore she was a member of the junior varsity 4 which finished second at the Northwest Junior Regional Championships. This fall she rowed in the varsity 4 that finished second at the Head of the Schuylkill. Eddings is also a four year member of the Mount Si basketball team where she is averaging 5.3 points a game.

Molitor is from Palo Alto, Calif., where she attends Palo Alto High. She is in her fourth year of rowing at the Palo Alto Rowing Club where she sculls and sweeps. In 2005 she won the Most Meters Erged title for the PARC. Molitor has also won three Presidential Service Awards and has played two years of junior varsity water polo.

Gonzaga will open the spring racing season on March 11 with a regatta at the University of British Columbia. The Bulldogs are in pursuit of the their 10th straight West Coast Conference Championship and second straight Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association crown.