Cambridge, Mass. (June 15) -- The MIT women's lightweight crew team and head coach Claire Martin-Doyle has announced the incoming recruiting class as the Engineers welcome six student-athletes to the program. This year's class includes Emily Rabinovitsj (Menlo Park, Calif.), Ines Pinilla (Miami, Fla.), Eve Schoen (Clifton Park, N.Y.), Maheera Bawa (Skillman, N.J.), Jaime Cook (Wayland, Mass.) and Rebecca Kay (North Miami Beach, Fla.).
"As we graduate seven strong seniors in the Class of 2018, we are excited to welcome this strong group of talented women who have the ability to make an immediate impact on the speed of our program," said Martin-Doyle.
Rabinovitsj, a graduate of Menlo-Atherton High School, was the recipient of the 2018 Dylan Cappel Scholarship Award. She was also first in the Open 2x at the 2017 Head of the Schuykill, first at the 2018 San Diego Crew Classic in the 4x and first in the lightweight 2x at the 2018 Southwest Regional Championship. Rabinovitsj rowed for NorCal Crew and the Redwood Sculler/Stanford Rowing Center, while earning the World Language Award and being a National Merit semifinalist.
Pinilla, a graduate of the Ransom Everglades School, was in the stroke seat on the women's varsity rowing team and was the Team MVP. She was also second at the FSRA States in the lightweight 4+ and second in the USRA Southeast Regional Championships in the lightweight 4+. Pinilla was a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the National Honor Society, the Chinese National Honor Society, the Science National Honor Society and the Cum Laude Society.
Schoen graduated from Shenendehowa High School where she was a three-year letter winner in cross country skiing. She was also the recipient of the White Letter Award while winning championships in the NYS Varsity Quad in 2016 and the 2018 Lightweight Quad. Schoen was a member of the National Honor Society, the Science National Honor Society and was an AP Scholar with Distinction.
Bawa, a graduate of Montgomery High School, was captain of her team at PNRA/Mercer and a member of the varsity lightweight 8+. She earned the Sean McCourt Award for leadership, was a member of the National Honor Society, a physics tutor, an AP Scholar with Honors and a National Merit Finalist. Bawa was 15th in the lightweight 8 at 2017 Youth Nationals, fifth in the U17 8+ at the 2016 Canadian Henley and third in the lightweight 8+ at Saratoga in 2018. She was also second in the lightweight 8+ at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regionals and first in the lightweight 8+ at Mid-Atlantic Regionals.
Cook graduated from Wayland High School, where she rowed in the No. 7 seat and earned the Most Improved Award. Also a soccer player, she was sixth in the lightweight 4+ at Youth Nationals in 2017 and first in the intermediate lightweight 2- at 2017 Club Nationals. A member of the National Honor Society, she received the 2017 Rensselaer Medal Award, was a math/science tutor and volunteered at her grandfather's assisted living home in Connecticut.
Kay, a graduate of the Pine Crest School, was a three-time varsity crew letter winner and a two-time varsity weightlifting letter winner. She was the 2018 2V4+ State Champion, the 2017 Lightweight 8+ State Champion, the 2016 2V4+ State Champion and finished third at the 2015 Novice 8+ State Championship. Kay was a member of the Cum Laude Society, the National Honor Society, the National Society of High School Scholars and a National AP Scholar with Distinction. She was also a member of the National Beta Club and the National Spanish Honor Society who was invited to the National Student Leadership Conference. Also a member of the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, Kay was the Women in STEM Club Student Council representative for three years while also serving as the treasurer of the Environmental Action Club for two years and the secretary of the Gay Straight Alliance for two years.