UC Davis Rowing Signs Three To Letters Of Intent

UC Davis Women's Rowing
UC Davis Women's Rowing

Nov. 25, 2008

DAVIS, Calif. - Three outstanding student-athletes have signed NCAA National Letters of Intent with the UC Davis women's rowing team and will join the Aggies' program in Fall 2009, it was announced by head coach Carissa Adams.

Alyssa Ferguson from Lutheran High School in Orange, Melanie LaCava from La Jolla High School, and Elizabeth Bradley from Benicia High School each signed their letters of intent during the NCAA's early signing period this month.

Ferguson is a 5-foot-9 rower from the Newport Aquatic Center in Newport Beach. Her high school career also included two years of softball.

"I am really excited to have Aly join our squad," Adams said. "She is very enthusiastic about attending UC Davis and brings two years of rowing experiene to help our program gain top recognition in the future."

LaCava, 5-8 rower with the ZLAC Rowing Club in San Diego, has been a varsity rower with the organization since 2006. In addition to competing, Ferguson has also helped in teaching rowing skills and techniques with the club.

"Melanie has been a major contributor for ZLAC since she started rowing in 2006," said Adams. "She has been described as being meticulous about her performance and a very hard worker by her coaches at ZLAC. We are looking forward to her positive impact on our team."

Bradley brings a strong background in soccer to the UC Davis rowing program. She helped lead Benicia to a 21-3-1 record and a Sac-Joaquin Division III championship this fall. Bradley finished with a pair assists for Benicia which also captured the Solano County Athletic Conference with a 13-1-1 record.

"Our team is looking competitive crossover athletes," said Adams. "Elizabeth's experience on the soccer field has aided in her competitive nature and tough work ethic which are both traits that will aid her in her transition to rowing."

UC Davis will begin the spring portion of its 2008-09 schedule in March. The Aggies enjoyed an impressive season last spring, winning nine races and a pair of regatta championships.