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Sophie

Simister

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Height: 6'0"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Oxford, United Kingdom
High School: Headington School

Bio

2016-17: Member of the 2V8 for the first two regattas before transitioning to the V8 for the remainder of the season … Helped Duke win the Carolina Cup with 99 overall points by winning its 2V8 race in 6:47.3, nearly 10 seconds ahead of second-place Clemson … Blazed through the morning race at the Longhorn Invite, taking the heat in 6:16.643 to earn a place in the A Final of the 2V8 … Finished third in the A Final, clocking a time of 6:31.665 … In the V8, rowed to a third-place performance against No. 4 Ohio State (6:20.0), No. 3 Michigan (6:24.8) and Notre Dame (6:32.1) with a time of 6:29.8 … At the Clemson Invitational, earned a third-place finish in the B Final … The top four boats in the race were separated by just more than one second with the Blue Devils crossing the line in 6:34.468 to trail UCLA (6:33.454) and UCF (6:34.350) and hold off Oklahoma (6:34.525) … In the Clemson Invitational preliminary events, placed third in its opening heat (6:30.454) and fourth (6:33.516) in the other heat … Ended the regular season at the Dale England Cup, taking fourth with a time of 6:44.6 to trail Indiana (6:35.6), Notre Dame (6:39.2) and San Diego (6:43.55) … In the ACC Championship Grand Final, claimed fourth in a loaded race, crossing the line in 6:27.267 … Landed in the Grand Final of the conference championship after claiming second in the morning session’s opening heat with a time of 6:44.743, trailing only Syracuse’s 6:43.756 mark.

2015-16: Stepped into an immediate position within the top two boats during the season, rowing mainly with the V8 before shifting to the 2V8 for the end of the season … opened the spring with the race-winning V8 at the Carolina Cup as the boat finished in 6:29.8 for the eighth-fastest time in program history … rowed with the V8 again at the Pac-12 Challenge, helping the boat to a pair of second-place finishes with times of 6:36.7 and 7:04.5 against UCLA and Stanford … at the Virginia Dual, V8 took second in 7:19.2 … shifted to the 2V8 at the Dale England Cup and tallied two wins to help the Blue Devils finish tied for first with No. 14 Indiana and No. 17 Notre Dame … 2V8 clocked winning marks of 6:47.3 and 6:45.5 … ended the regular season with the 2V8 at Princeton as the boat took second in 6:58.3 … at the ACC Championship, helped the 2V8 from a No. 3 seed to a second-place finish with a photo finish against Notre Dame as Duke placed second overall, its best performance since 2006 … boat clocked a season-best time of 6:32.322 at the league championship … stayed with the 2V8 during the NCAA Championships and helped the boat to the NCAA C Final title with a time of 6:34.803 … boat also placed first in the C/D Semifinals (6:41.080) … in the fall, rowed with the V8 and 2V4 at the Princeton Chase and Rivanna Romp … placed 17th at the Chase with the V8 in 15:31.203 and third at the Romp in 13:21.9 … with the 2V4, came in ninth at the Chase (18:01.036) and ninth at the Romp (15:25.4).

High School: A four-year letterwinner at Headington Girls School in Oxford, United Kingdom … as a senior, competed at the Armada Cup in Switzerland in the single scull … won gold in junior women’s quad … placed 19th at the Women’s Head of the River by setting a course record for fastest junior women’s second eight … competed at Henley’s women’s regatta in coxed four … missed junior season due to injury … during sophomore campaign, won gold in junior women’s singles and was invited to the Great Britain ID trials … a finalist in junior women’s 8+ at nationals and junior women’s coxed four … a member of the Junior Great Britain trials and Great Britain ID trials as a freshman … a member of the 8+ that won gold and set a national record in the junior women’s event at nationals … received gold in the junior women’s 8+ and coxed four at the school’s head of the river … competed at Henley Women’s Regatta in coxless quad as a rookie … awarded the junior rowing colors as a freshman and senior rowing colors as a junior … the head of charities and community as a senior … a student council member all four years … earned two additional letters in swimming.

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