Name: Charlie Biddle
Hometown: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Began Rowing: 2001 at The Shipley School
Undergraduate Education: Bates College, History, 2009
Occupation: Assistant Rowing Coach at The Baldwin School
Racing Highlights: Placed 1st in Men’s Open Single and Quad at 2013 Head of the Schuylkill…placed 2nd in Men’s Open Double at 2013 Head of the Schuylkill…placed 1st Men’s Open Quad at 2013 Navy Day Head of the Schuylkill…placed 1st in Men’s Open 4x at 2013 Head of the Potomac…placed 2nd Men’s Open Dash 2013 Royal Canadian Henley…placed 2nd Men’s Open Single 2013 Black Fly Regatta…placed 4th in Men’s Open 1x at 2013 Head of the Potomac…placed 2nd in Men’s Pair 2012 Head of the Fish…placed 2nd Men’s Open Single 2012 Head of the Fish…placed 1st Open Eight 2012 Head of the Fish…placed 3rd in Men’s Open Double at 2012 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta…placed 4th in Men’s Open Single at 2012 Elite National Championship.
Personal: Charlie returns to the Undine racing squad after a year of full time training with the Craftsbury Green Racing Project in Craftsbury, Vermont. Outside of rowing, Charlie enjoys riding and repairing bicycles and watching movies. He enjoys breakfast and agrees with his cat, Emma, that a tuxedo never goes out of style.
Name: Joe Cipolla
Hometown: Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
Began Rowing: 2008 at Manhattan College
Undergraduate Education: Manhattan College, Mechanical Engineering, 2011
Occupation: Associate at SPM Professional Services
Racing Highlights: Placed second in the Novice Four at Head of the Fish…placed first in the JV Four at the Dowling Alumni Cup…placed third for Lightweight Men at the NYAC St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Erg Race…placed third in the Pair at the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships.
Personal: Joe grew up in the Philadelphia area, went to school in New York City, and returned to the area to work and row. Outside of rowing, Joe enjoys biking, running, erging, design work, and video games. He eventually wants to pursue a professional engineering license.
Name: John Haines
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Began Rowing: 2001 at Bowdoin College
Undergraduate Education: Bowdoin College, Chemistry, 2005
Graduate Education: University of Maryland School of Medicine, MD, 2010
Racing Highlights: Placed first in the M2V4+ at the New England Fours Regatta in 2003 and 2004…placed second in the VM4+ at the 2005 New England Championships…participated in the Britannia Challenge Cup at the 2003 and 2005 Henley Royal Regatta…qualified for the A final in the Elite Pair at the 2003 Marlow Regatta…with his wife, placed first in the Directors Challenge Mixed 2X at the 2012 Head of the Charles Regatta…placed first in the M4X at the 2012 Head of the Schuylkill Regatta
Personal: Outside of rowing John enjoys biking, sailing, and home remodeling. He is also an avid photographer and traveler and has the intention of cruising to Antarctica with his wife, Christine. Additionally, he and Christine spend time cooking, and especially baking, together, adding to the challenge of making weight.
Name: Mike Sciblo
Hometown: Havertown, Pennsylvania
Began Rowing: 2001 at St. Joseph’s Prep
Undergraduate Education: University of Delaware, Accounting, 2009
Rowing Highlights: Placed second in the Junior Varsity Four at the 2004 Scholastic Rowing Nationals… placed third in the Second Varsity Eight at the 2005 Stotesbury Cup Regatta… placed first in the Third Varsity Lightweight Four at the 2007 EARC Sprints… placed third in the Intermediate Lightweight Quad at the 2008 USRowing Club National Championship… placed first in the Varsity Lightweight Eight at the 2009 SIRA Regatta… placed first in the Varsity Lightweight Eight at the 2009 Dad Vail Regatta.
Personal: Mike enjoys concerts, Quizzo and trying new foods. He would like to thank his grandfather, Joe McFadden, for introducing him to rowing.
Name: Legaré Smith
Hometown: Exeter, New Hampshire
Began Rowing: 2002 at Phillips Exeter Academy
Undergraduate Education: University of Delaware, Computer Science, 2011
Occupation: Systems Engineer for the NK
Rowing Highlights: Rowed in the varsity 8 at Phillips Exeter Academy for two years and competed for the Princess Elizabeth Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in 2004. After graduating Exeter in 2005, he went to New Zealand for nine months and learned to scull with the Auckland Rowing Club and competed at club nationals in the lm2x, 4x, 4-, and 8. No golds but much was learned. Enrolled at the University of Delaware and placed first at the Dad Vail in the novice and varsity lightweight events…placed second in the varsity heavyweight event…placed first in the varsity lightweight events at SIRAs…placed first at the Head of the Schuylkill…placed first at the Frostbite Regatta.
Personal: Legaré has traveled, worked, and gone scuba diving in many places including New Zealand, Mexico, and Alaska, but is very happy living here in Philadelphia. He loves being outdoors and eating when not making weight. Legaré has his father to thank for teaching him the fundamentals of the life style that is rowing.
Name: Matthew Ryan
Hometown: Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
Began Rowing: 2002 LaSalle University
Undergraduate Education: LaSalle University 2006
Occupation: Software Development @ InvestEdge Inc.
Rowing Highlights: Won the Frostbite Regatta in the Mens Heavyweight 4+ in 2004. Won the Mens Light 4+ at the Kerr cup in 2005. Stroked the Varsity Heavyweight Men’s 8+ to the petite final for LaSalle University in 2006. Qualified for the semi-finals in the Men’s Lightweight 1x for World Trials in 2013. In 2014 had a successful season with Undine winning the Club National Championship in the Senior Ltwt 4x and 2x. Place 2nd at the Elite National Championship in Princeton, NJ. Also, won the Mens Open Lightweight 2x at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. Place 2nd in the Mens Open Heavyweight 2x at the Navy Day Regatta.
Name: Matt Grieshaber
Hometown: Avondale, Pennsylvania
Began Rowing: 2012 at George Washington University
Undergraduate Education: George Washington University, Economics and English, 2014
Occupation: Analyst at Public Financial Management
Racing Highlights: Placed first in the M2V at the George Washington Invitational in 2014…Placed first in the Petite Final at SIRAs in the M2V in 2013.
Personal: Matt grew up outside of Delaware and went to college in Washington, D.C. He is happy that he failed at his cross country career, leading to his rowing beginnings. Outside of rowing he enjoys running, reading, naps, and movies.
Name: Katie Brown
Hometown: Harleysville, Pennsylvania
Began Rowing: 2005 at The Pennsylvania State University
Undergraduate Education: The Pennsylvania State University, Art History, Architecture & Business Law, 2009
Graduate Education: University of Pennsylvania, MS Historic Preservation, 2013
Occupation: Architectural Conservator at Dan Lepore & Sons Company
Racing Highlights: Placed third in the Intermediate Lightweight 4x at the 2013 USRowing Club National Championships…placed first in the Lightweight Double at the 2010 and 2011 Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta…placed first in the Lightweight Four at the 2010 Head of the Charles Regatta…placed second in the 2010 Head of the Schuylkill Regatta…placed seventh in the Lightweight Four at the 2009 Head of the Charles Regatta…placed second in the Varsity Lightweight Eight at the 2007 and 2009 Mid Atlantic Collegiate Crew Championships…placed first in the Varsity Lightweight Eight at the 2006 Head of the Occoquan… placed first in the Lightweight Four (2008), second in the Varsity Lightweight Eight (2007, 2008), second in the Varsity Eight (2009) and third in the Novice Lightweight Eight (2006) at the Lehigh River/Neuweiler Cup…placed third in the Varsity Lightweight Eight at the 2006 and 2007 Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta… placed second (2007) and third (2008) in the Varsity Lightweight Eight at the Murphy Cup Regatta… placed first in the Novice Four (2006), second in the Novice Eight (2006) and third in the Lightweight Eight (2007) at the Head of the Ohio… placed third in the Collegiate Eight at the 2009 Marietta Invitational…placed first in the Varsity Eight at the 2009 UNC Invitational…placed fourth in the Club Eight at the 2007 Knecht Cup…placed sixth in the Varsity Lightweight Eight at the 2007 Dad Vail Regatta.
Personal: Katie was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. After suffering a knee injury in high school that prevented her from continuing to play lacrosse, she began rowing when a friend of hers convinced her to join the rowing team in college, and she fell in love with the sport. Katie enjoys volunteering, trips to the beach, spending time with family and friends, team breakfasts, and anything Penn State.
Name: Caroline Carney
Hometown: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Began Rowing: 2009 at the University of Pennsylvania
Undergraduate Education: The University of Pennsylvania, Medical Anthropology, 2012
Occupation: Clinical Research Coordinator at Wharton and the Pearlman SoM
Racing Highlights: Placed fourth in the Women’s Varsity Four at the 2011 EAWRC Sprints.
Personal: Outside of rowing, Caroline enjoys reading and taking classes at PAFA. She is an enthusiast of bicycle commuting, urban agriculture, and the many great outdoors and cultural attractions that Philadelphia has to offer!
Name: Monica Ionescu
Hometown: Bucharest, Romania
Began Rowing: 2009 at Case Western Reserve University
Undergraduate Education: Case Western Reserve University, Psychology
Graduate Education: Case Western Reserve University, MBA Banking & Finance
Occupation: Clinical Research Coordinator in Women’s Health at the University of Pennsylvania
Racing Highlights: Placed first in the Open Lightweight Single at the 2009 Speakmon Regatta…placed second in the Intermediate Light Single at the 2010 Schuylkill Navy Regatta…placed second in the Women’s Open A Single at the 2010 Masters World Regatta…placed first in the Women’s Open Lightweight Single and Double at the 2010 Head of the Ohio.
Personal: Born in Romania, Monica moved to the US when she was 12 years old. After a successful tennis career on her college varsity team her junior and senior years, Monica graduated and settled into a regular nine-to-five work life for a couple of years. A major leg injury in 2008 re-ignited Monica’s passion for athletics and sparked her dream of being a serious athlete once again. She stepped into a rowing shell for the first time in spring 2009 and found success at many of her first regattas. In early 2011, Monica made her move to Philadelphia to pursue her rowing aspirations. She found a permanent home at Undine, where she continues to train hard to achieve the high goals she has set for herself in rowing. Besides rowing Monica enjoys running, crossfit, and dancing. She still dabbles in tennis here and there. She is an avid dog lover, especially when it comes to Chihuahuas. She also loves old time and bluegrass music, and hosted her own radio show in this genre for several years.
Name: Elizabeth Welsh
Hometown: Haverford, Pennsylvania
Began Rowing: 2000 at The Agnes Irwin School
Undergraduate Education: The University of Virginia, Nursing, 2009
Graduate Education: Villanova University, Family Nurse Practitioner, 2013
Occupation: Registered Nurse at Thomas Jefferson Hospital
Racing Highlights: Placed third in the Intermediate Pair at the 2007 USRowing Club National Championship… placed first in the Intermediate Quad at the 2008 USRowing Club National Championship…placed third in the open 2x at the 2009 Head of the Schuylkill Regatta…placed third in the open 2- at the 2010 Canadian Henley Regatta…placed first (new course record) in the 4+ at the 2010 Head of the Charles Regatta…placed first in the 4+ at the 2010 Head of the Schuylkill Regatta…placed first in the LW 2x at the 2010 Head of the Schuylkill Regatta…placed first in the LW 2x at the 2010 Head of the Occoquan…placed second in the LW 4+ at the 2011 Head of the Charles Regatta…placed second in the 4+ at the 2011 Head of the Schuylkill Regatta…placed third in the LW 4+ at the 2012 Head of the Charles Regatta…placed third in the 2x at the 2012 Head of Schuylkill Regatta…first female at the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Schuylkill Navy Turkey Trot.
Personal: Liz was born and raised in the Philadelphia area and decided to return here after graduating college. She enjoys being outdoors in almost any weather. In addition to rowing, she loves running and biking and spending time with her family.
Name: Shannon Macika
Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
Began Rowing: 2010 at University of Pennsylvania
Undergraduate Education: University of Pennsylvania, Health & Societies and Hispanic Studies, 2014
Occupation: Child Hunger Outreach Coordinator (AmeriCorps VISTA) at the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger
Racing Highlights: Placed 3rd in the Novice 4+ at the Murphy Cup (2011)… placed 2nd in the 2nd Varsity 4+ at the Orange Challenge Cup (2012)… placed 2nd in the Women’s Intermediate 2x at the Schuylkill Navy Regatta (2013)… qualified for finals in the Women’s Intermediate 4x at the US Rowing Club National Championships… Ivy League Champion in the 3rd Varsity 4+ at the Ivy League Rowing Championships (2014)… won the Women’s Intermediate 2x at the Schuylkill Navy Regatta (2014)… placed 2nd in the Women’s Open 2x at the Navy Day Regatta (2014)… won the Women’s Open 4x at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta.
Personal: After running cross-country since 7th grade, Shannon became a rower when she walked-on to Penn’s varsity team during her first semester of college and has never looked back. After a year of sweep rowing, she learned how to scull with the New Orleans Rowing Club and also went on to scull at el Club de Remo de la Ciudad de Sevilla during a study abroad semester in Spain. She first began sculling competitively after joining Undine in summer 2013. When not rowing, she can often be found running and even completed her first marathon in March 2015. Aside from athletic activities, she also enjoys brunch, bicycle commuting, and spending time with friends and family.
Name: Corey Brown
Hometown: Havertown, Pennsylvania
Began Rowing: 2010 at The Haverford School
Undergraduate Education: University of Delaware
Racing Highlights: In 2013 rowing in the Men’s Varsity Lightweight 8+ which had an undefeated regular season going into their last race. Key victories included Harvard, Dartmouth, and UPenn. 2013 Mens Lightweight frosh 8+ Dad Vail Champions. 5th Place at the final for the Mens 1x in 2014 Dad Vail Regatta. As a summer member with Undine he won the Club National Championship in the Senior Ltwt 4x and 2x. Place 2nd at the Elite National Championship in Princeton, NJ in the Ltwt 2x. Won the Independence Day Regatta in the intermediate ltwt 2x.