Racing Squad



Mary Donahue

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Undergraduate Education: University of Pittsburgh, 2018
Occupation: Job Coach
Racing Highlights: Began rowing in Fall 2014. Captain of Pitt’s Varsity women’s team from 2016-2018. Placed 2nd in the Women’s 2x at ACRA National Championship 2018. Placed 3rd in the Womens Intermediate 4x at Club National Championships 2017. Placed 3rd in the Women’s Club 8+ at Knecht Cup 2018. Placed 2nd in the Women’s Collegiate 4+ at Head of the Occoquan 2017. 4-time Head of the Ohio medalist. Member of Undine Barge Club since 2018.

Emory Strawn

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Undergraduate Education:  Williams College
Occupation: Legal Analyst
Racing Highlights: Began rowing in fall 2012 at the Greater Houston Rowing Club. Won the Collegiate Women’s 8+ at the 2015 Head of the Charles. Placed 2nd in the Div III Varsity 8+ the 2016 NCAA Championships. Won the Senior Women’s 8+ and placed 2nd in the Senior Women’s 4+ at the 2016 Club National Champs. Won the U23 Women’s 8+ at the 2016 Royal Canadian Henley. Won the Div III Varsity 8+ at the 2017 NCAA Championships. Placed 4th in the Champ 2x at the 2018 Head of the Schuykill. Placed 2nd in the Intermediate 4x at the 2019 Independence Day Regatta.

Shawn Neal

Hometown: East Greenwich, New Jersey
Undergraduate Education:  Camden University, Finance
Occupation: Operations Director, Simon
Racing Highlights:  Won the Intermediate 2x at Schuylkill Navy Regatta 2017. Won the Intermediate 2x at IDR 2018 & 2019. Won the Men’s Open 2x at Navy Day Regatta 2018. 1st place in the Intermediate 4x at 2019 National Championship. 

Matthew Ryan

Turkey Trot TeamHometown: Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate Education: LaSalle University 2006
Occupation: Software Development Relationship Manager
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 & finals in 2015.    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.  Won the Head of the Potomac in 2017.

Matt Grieshaber

Hometown:  Avondale, Pennsylvania
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.  Won the Mens 4x at the 2015 Navy Day Regatta.

Jack Higgins

Hometown: Abington, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate Education:  Temple University 2017
Occupation: Loan Officer Assistant at Atlantic Coast Mortgage
Racing Highlights:  Began rowing in Fall 2014. Captain of Temple’s Heavyweight Varsity in 2016-2017 season, sat 3-seat in the Varsity 8 at Dad Vails. Won the Intermediate 4x at Schuylkill Navy Regatta in 2017. Won the Open 4x at Navy Day Regatta in 2017. 2nd place in the Intermediate 2x at Schuylkill Navy Regatta in 2018. Won the Intermediate 2x at IDR in 2018 and 2019. 2nd place in the Intermediate 2x at Club Nationals 2018. Gold in Intermediate 4x and Silver in Senior 4x and Intermediate 2x at 2019 USRowing National Championships.

Bill Risko

Hometown:  Willow Grove, PA
Undergraduate Education:  Saint Joseph’s University 2016
Occupation:  Surety Bond Underwriter at Philadelphia Insurance Companies
Racing Highlights:   Back to back City Champs in high school in 2009 and 2010, 13th at USRowing Youth Nationals in Lightweight 8 in 2011 and 2012. Stotesbury silver medalist and SRAA Bronze Medalist in 2012 in Lightweight 8. Silver medal in V8 at Head of the Occoquan in 2013-2014. Silver medal in 1X at the King’s Head Regatta in 2017. 4th place finish in Men’s Intermediate Light 4X at USRowing Club Nationals in 2018.

Anthony Ascoli

Hometown: Pennsburg, PA
Undergraduate Education: University of Pittsburgh, 2017
Occupation: Medical Research

Racing Highlights: Began rowing in fall 2013. President of Pitt Rowing for the 2016-2017 season. Sat bow in the varsity 8+. 4-time Head of the Ohio medalist. 4th in the Intermediate Lwt 2x at Club Nationals 2017. 2nd in the Lwt 2x at Head of the Schuylkill 2017. 4th in the Intermediate Lwt 4x at Club Nationals 2018.


Kat Napoli

Hometown: Norristown, PA
Undergraduate Education: Fordham University, 2018
Occupation: Pharmaceutical Copywriter
Racing Highlights: Placed 5th in the women’s LWT4+ at Head of the Charles in 2015 and 2016. Medaled in the Club 8 category at the Head of Schuylkill Regatta in 2015 and 2016. Won gold at the Kerr Cup regatta in the Fordham JV 8 in 2017. Received a bronze medal in the Women’s JV8 at Dad Vail Regatta in 2016 and a silver medal in 2017. Bow seat of Varsity 8+ that placed 2nd at the Hadley Chase in 2017. Placed 3rd in Women’s D1 Varsity 8 at the Murphy Cup Regatta in 2018 and 4th at Atlantic 10 Championship. Received a bronze medal in the Women’s D1 Varsity 8 category at Dad Vail Regatta in 2018. Placed in Top 10 2k Ergometer Times in Fordham Lightweight Women Rowing History. Member of Undine since 2015 and was two-seat of the Undine women’s quad that finished 4th at Club Nationals in 2017. Received Fordham University’s nomination for NCAA Woman of the Year in 2018.