CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Three talented rowers - Egan Berne, Mary Bridge and Olivia Ross - have signed letters of intent to join the Carolina program next fall, UNC rowing coach Sarah Haney has announced.
"We are very excited about these three joining our Carolina family," Haney said. "I've been impressed by their level of competitiveness, as well as their speed and athleticism. All three are great fits for our program academically and athletically and we feel like they are going to make significant contributions as Tar Heels."
Berne, from Evanston, Ill., rows for Loyola Academy. Her rowing accomplishments include second at the 2012 Midwest Championships and 10th at the 2012 Scholastic Nationals in the Varsity 8, and in the top 20 in the Youth 8 at the 2011 Head of the Charles. Her boat also won the 2011 JV Midwest Championship. She received honorable mention for the 2012 US Rowing Honor Roll and was named to the MSRA (Midwest Scholastic Rowing Association) Academic Athlete Honor Roll. In addition to rowing, she captains the varsity basketball team, placed second in the National Jesuit Art Competition and has been a Loyola Academy Scholar all four years, maintaining a GPA above 93.0.
Bridge, from Williamsville, N.Y., attends Nardin Academy. Rowing for the Gators, she finished 11th at the 2011 Head of the Charles in the Women's 4+ and second at the 2010 Canadian National Championship in the Junior Women's 4+. She has been honored as both Most Improved and Unsung Hero for her team. A member of the academic honor roll since her sophomore year, she serves as the Service Club co-president and is an accomplished pianist.
Ross, from Carmel, Ind., rows for Carmel High School. She holds three indoor records at Indianapolis Rowing Center and also has earned two varsity letters in swimming. A National Merit Commended Scholar, she is a recipient of her school's scholar-athlete honor and also been named Young Artist of the Year. She is a United Way youth board member and active in student government.