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Women's Lightweights Welcome Strong, Experienced Trio Into Class of 2020

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 06/14/2016
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Head coach Paul Rassam left the 2016 IRA Championships encouraged by the growth of his youthful women’s lightweight rowing program, and excited to see what the immediate future held for his program.

It didn’t hurt that he also knew what he was about to add to that group this fall.

Rassam, who just completed his 11th season as head coach, announced that Emma Hopkins, Georgia Timm, and Laura Zecca would be joining Princeton as members of the Class of 2020. The trio already holds impressive rowing credentials, and they should provide an immediate impact for a Tiger boat looking to return to the top tier in the growing sport of women’s lightweight rowing.

“This is the strongest recruiting class that we have ever had admitted,” Rassam said. “We believe they will make an immediate impact on our top-end speed. They are a very determined and dedicated group, as evidenced by their continued growth over the past year. Each of them has taken large chunks of time off of their erg scores over the course of the spring season. 

“Emma and Georgia have clearly stated U-23 ambitions and have already started to show the physiological capacity to chase those dreams,” Rassam added. “Until now, Laura has split her time and effort between swimming and rowing, so she is just starting to realize how good she can be and I feel that she too will have the physiological talent to chase U-23 should she choose to go that direction. We are very excited to have these athletes join our squad in the fall. I know that they will be a pleasure to coach.”

Here is a look at the Class of 2020.

Georgia Hellard Timm
London, England • Latymar Upper School

Before Princeton — named Female Rower of the Year three times at Latymer Upper School and served as Boat House Captain in final year … won the Elite 8+ at the 2016 Wallingford Regatta … silver medalist in the J4x at the 2015 Henley Women’s Regatta … reached quarterfinal in the WJ4x at the Henley Royal Regatta … will row in the 2016 Henley Women’s Regatta as a member of Imperial College London … won the WJ18 1X event at the 2014 Scullers Head in London … took bronze in the WJ18 2x at the 2015 National Schools Regatta … served as Senior Prefect at Latymar.

Personal — born May 14, 1997 … daughter of Simon Timm and Diana Baden Hellard … has an older sibling Toby … enjoys singing and all sports … considering multiple areas of study, including in the Politics and Classics departments.

Emma Hopkins
Stillwater, N.Y. • Augustine Classical Academ

Before Princeton — won silver at the 2016 Youth Nationals in the 4x … won silver in the U-19 4x and bronze in the U-19 8+ at the 2015 Royal Canadian Henley; also reached the semifinal in three other divisions … placed fifth in the U-17 4x at the 2013 Canadian Henley … finished sixth in the youth 8+ at the 2015 Head of the Charles … earned silver in the varsity 4x and bronze in the 8+ at the 2015 Head of the Fish Regatta … took fourth in the 2016 CRASH B’s junior lightweight category … won the senior 4x in New York States … won silver in the 1x at the 2016 Stotesbury Cup and bronze in the 1x at 2016 Scholastic Nationals … rowed for both Augustine Classical Academy and Saratoga Rowing Association … has rowed competitively since sixth grade … valedictorian … National Merit Finalist.

Personal — born May 21, 1998 … daughter of Mathew and Tamra Hopkins; both parents rowed at Union College … second of nine children; has older sister Maddie and seven younger siblings: Ben, Lucy, Abi, Lily, Asher, Thomas, and James … enjoys ice skating, skiing, and being outside … undecided on course of study at Princeton.

Laura Zecca
West Chester, Pa. • Episcopal Academy

Before Princeton — won silver at the 2016 SRAA Nationals in the 4x … reached semifinals in the U19 2x and 4x at the 2015 Royal Canadian Henley … won bronze in the 4x at Stotesbury and in the 2016 PSRA Championships; won gold in the 4+ at the 2015 PSRA Championships … won silver at the 2015 NSRA Championships and bronze in the 2015 Stotesbury, both in the 4+ … competed in the Junior 4+ at the Head of the Charles … two-time recipient of the school’s Oar Award … team captain senior year in both rowing and swimming … led Episcopal Academy to 2016 Inter AC title and second-place at Eastern Championships three times … earned All-Inter AC individual honors … National Merit Commended … earned US Rowing Scholastic Honor Roll honorable mention … AP Scholar with Distinction … Episcopal Academy Buckley Scholar … Meagan K. Berry Scholar.

Personal — born April 7, 1998 … daughter of Louis and Marianna Zecca … has two older sisters, Christina and Katie … enjoys swimming, biking, and cooking … considering studying Economics or in the Woodrow Wilson School.

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