Nov. 18, 2011
DALLAS (SMU) - SMU rowing announced the signing of Loni Albrecht, Phoebe Cady, Madison Davidson, Nikole Metz and Miranda Zsigmond to National Letters of Intent for the 2012-13 season.
"I am very pleased with the five athletes we have signed for next fall," SMU head coach Doug Wright said. "All of them are very talented, have great character and a strong work ethic. They are a great group that we expect to have an immediate impact on our team speed next fall."
Albrecht, from Oliver Springs, Tenn., is the captain of her team at Oak Ridge Rowing Association and has built an impressive resume in her five years of rowing, most notably participating in the U.S. Junior B Development Camp.
"She is a true competitor both on and off the water, and I expect her to bring that same mindset and discipline to our program next fall," Wright said.
Cady, from Marion, Mass., competes for Tabor Academy as a multi-sport athlete, playing soccer in the fall, while focusing exclusively on rowing during the winter and spring.
"Phoebe is passionate about rowing and will be a great competitor for us," Wright noted.
Davidson, a native of Tulsa, Okla., will be the third rower that Wright has signed from the Tulsa Rowing Club in as many years. With her training as a cross country runner, she will be well prepared for the endurance component of becoming a great rower.
"She has a championship mindset and a spirited work ethic that is unparalleled," Wright added. "Maddie has done a great job on improving her skill set as a rower which she will continue to develop this year as a senior."
Metz, from Fayetteville, N.Y., is a coxswain for Fayetteville-Manlius High School. She has a wealth of racing experience and success, most notably leading her Junior Girls 4+ team to a gold medal at the 2011 Scholastic Rowing Association of America's National Regatta, becoming the first team in her school's history to do so.
"Her voice command and ability to motivate a crew will be a great asset to us as we move forward," Wright said of Metz. "I am really looking forward to Nikole directing our crews on the water starting next fall."
Zsigmond, a native of Los Alamitos, Calif., competes for Long Beach Rowing Club.
"Miranda has all the tools to become a top rower in our program very quickly," Wright said. "She is competitive by nature and loves to race. She brings a lot of skill and ability to the table and we look forward to her immediate contributions."