“We’re so excited to have this group of six young women join our rowing family next year,” said DiSilvestro. “Each of them brings something unique to our team. Throughout our recruiting of these young women it became clear what a great fit they will be with our team. Each one of them understands that academics are the most important part of their life while attending Drake University and that rowing comes second. They also understand that great student-athletes can excel in both.”Hyles is a member of the Oklahoma City Riversport Club. She has helped the club earn numerous top-10 finishes, highlighted this past season by first place finishes at the Head of the Oklahoma by the club’s eight, four and double boats.”Angelica’s high energy impressed me,” DiSilvestro said. “She has incredible passion for rowing, her teammates and coaches. Even after poor performances she worked with her coach to improve. This showed me great character and maturity and it paid off with strong finishes with her club.”Launer is a member of the Milwaukee Rowing Club that is coached by Roger Huffman. Launer is a multi-sport athlete who has played soccer for three seasons for Germantown High School.”When I first met Lauren she was new to the sport, but has caught on quickly,” DiSilvestro said. “She comes from a strong, Midwest rowing program that produces high caliber rowers. Her dedication to the sport is impressive. Coach Huffman gave a great reference which means so much to me.”Masterson is a member of the YMCA Quad Cities Rowing Club. “Olivia’s coach, Dr. Peter Sharis, does an amazing job developing rowers,” DiSilvestro said. “Anyone that makes it through their team at the level Olivia has really shows her maturity and commitment to our sport. She impressed me early with her high energy for our sport. She comes off as quiet and reserved, but trains hard and is an aggressive racer, which I appreciate.”Perkins is a member of the Mandarin High School rowing team and Evans Rowing Club. She was a three-year captain of her high school team and earned three varsity letters.”Lexi’s leadership style will be a great addition to our team in building a stronger family and faster team,” DiSilvestro said. “She is encouraging and inclusive when it comes to working with novice members and is dedicated to giving 100 percent every practice. We are excited to have her positive attitude and energy at practice every day.”Stock is a multi-sport athlete who has earned varsity letters in swimming and cross country for Lakewood Ranch High School while also competing in triathlons. She is a member of Sarasota Crew.”Emma brings a unique athletic background to us,” DiSilvestro said. “Not only is she a competitive rower but also a successful triathlete. Her commitment to training for triathlons and rowing demonstrates her willingness and desire to work hard. Emma’s coach said that not only does Emma like to work hard, she likes the work. Her focus and desire to perform well will be a great addition to the team especially during our long indoor season.”The final member of the 2017-18 class is Riester. She is a four-year member of the Stuart High School rowing team.”Norah will be joining our team as a coxswain,” DiSilvestro said. “Throughout her high school career, she would either cox or row based on the needs of her team for each race. Her willingness to play whichever role was best for the team shows great character and is the type of athlete we want at Drake. Norah is motivated, respectful and works hard and her authenticity will blend well with the team.” Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University rowing team has signed Angelica Hyles (Moore, Okla.), Lauren Launer (Germantown, Wis.), Olivia Masterson (Davenport, Iowa), Lexi Perkins (Jacksonville, Fla.), Emma Stock (Lakewood, Fla.) and Norah Riester (Annandale Va.) to National Letters of Intent for the 2017-18 season, head coach Charlie DiSilvestro announced.