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Riverside Boat Club has a strong history of elite athletics and is instrumental in the success of these athletes; the rich tradition of internationally competitive athletes, the competitive training environment, and the strong community in which the athletes are actively engaged.

This year we are excited to send athletes in four boat classes to the World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. These athletes will compete in the lightweight men’s quad, the lightweight women’s quad, and the Lightweight Women’s pair and the Men’s single.

The approximate cost per athlete is ~$4,500-$ 5,000. Please help us support our athletes.


Our 2018 World’s Athletes

Jillian Zieff – Women’s Lightweight 2-

Jillian started rowing at the age of 14 at Wayland-Weston Rowing Association. She learned to scull at Boston Rowing Club under Lisa Stone and Brian Dawe at the age of 15. She continued her rowing career at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, under the guidance of coach Wesley Ng. While at Trinity, she captured silver three times and gold once at the Head of the Charles Regatta. Her senior year she led the varsity from a come from behind win to take Trinity’s first ever team NCAA title. Since graduating, Jillian continued her training full time at Riverside Boat Club in Cambridge, MA.

Jillian and pair partner Jen Sager raced in the LW4x and placed 7th at the 2017 World Championships. They set their sites on a better finish for 2018. Training together on and off for the last seven years, they are thrilled for the opportunity continue their partnership.

As a member of Riverside Boat Club, Jillian runs the HPG instagram and Facebook pages and captain of the high performance group. When not rowing she enjoys reading, hiking, art, and of course lounging on the porch at Riverside. Like most lightweights, she enjoys eating ice cream. She also works full time at True Fit Data Corp. in downtown Boston.


Jen Sager – Women’s Lightweight 2-

Jen started rowing in 2008 when she was 14 years old at Springside School in Philadelphia, PA under Silke Susannon and Bruce LaLonde. She continued her rowing career at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, under the guidance of Wesley Ng (and where she also began training with Jillian Zieff!). While at Trinity, she was able to capture silver and gold medals at the Head of the Charles Regatta, win the NCAA Championships, and compete at Henley Women’s Regatta in England. Additionally, Jen competed at the U23 World Championships in 2015 as stroke seat of the LW2x. After graduating Trinity, Jen moved to Oxford, England to pursue her MA and continue training with Oxford Brookes University under Allan French. There, she was able to earn a Silver at the British University Championships in the Championship 8+. After returning to the USA, Jen briefly trained at Penn AC and Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia before moving up north and calling Boston home. 

Jen has trained with her pair partner, Jillian Zieff on and off since 2012 at Trinity (where they were bow pair!), Vesper Boat Club as U23s, as well as raced together in the LW4x at the 2017 World Championships where they placed 7th. Setting our sites on a better finish for 2018, they could not be more excited to continue their rowing partnership as they feel stronger and more determined than ever before!

As a member of Riverside Boat Club’s HPG program, Jen is also a member of the social committee. When not rowing, Jen enjoys reading, cycling, hiking, eating tacos, playing with her dog, and hanging out on her houseboat. She also works at Equinox in Seaport under RBC member, boss-lady extraordinaire Claire Anderson and coaches Middle and High School rowing at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School.


Hillary Saeger – Women’s Lightweight 4x

As a graduate of Marist College, Hillary did not find the sport of rowing until she arrived at Marist College as a freshman. Prior to that, however, she gained years of international competition experience via multiple Orienteering World Championships, her most recent in 2016. After college, she moved back to Boston and started rowing at Riverside in 2008. This will be Hillary’s 7th time in the event since earning a spot on the senior team in 2009 for the LW4x. She has medaled in the event 3 times and hopes to find more success on her second time traveling to Bulgaria to race down the course in Plovdiv.


Sam Hausmann – Men’s Lightweight 4x

Sam learned to row in 2009 at West Side Rowing Club and Canisius High School in Buffalo, New York. In 2013, Sam moved to Boston to attend Northeastern University and under the guidance of Margot Shumway, joined Riverside Boat Club and began rowing on HPG as the only member to have ever joined straight out of high school. With the support of his teammates and coaches (Margot Shumway, Tom Keister and Judith Vogel) over the past five years, Sam has gained selection to the US Senior National Team in the LM4x. He is excited to compete at the 2018 World Rowing Championships and would like to thank his family, girlfriend and the Riverside community for their role in his development as an athlete.


Kevin Meador – Men’s 1x

Kevin was born and raised in Berkeley, California, and started rowing his sophomore year at Berkeley High School: the only west coast public high school with a rowing team. After receiving a bronze medal at 2011 youth nationals in the lightweight 4+, Kevin began his career as a heavyweight, joining the Northeastern Men’s rowing team as a walk-on in 2012. After 4 years on the team, he managed to win the Northeastern Boathouse Award for contributions to NU Crew, and secure a degree in electrical engineering with emphasis in physics.

Following a brief failed attempt to quit rowing, Kevin found himself a provisional member of Riverside Boat Club by December 2016, intent on teaching himself to scull in time to continue rowing in 20-degree weather. During the Fall of 2017, Kevin doubled up training the 1x in the evening while an active member of the men’s sweep team, racing in the 3rd place Riverside Club 8 a month before placing 5th in the Head of the Schuylkill Championship 1x. With intentions to focus on sculling, he joined the Riverside High Performance Group the following Summer, and is now one of the 10 US Lotman Challenge contenders for the 2018 year.

At 24, Kevin is looking forward to his first national team appearance and world championship, and hopes to thank the many exceptional coaches, teammates, friends, and family who have encouraged and supported his ambitions over the years. While not training he can currently be found working full time as an electrical engineer for Micro-Leads, a medical device startup in Somerville. In his “free time,” he enjoys trying to catch up with his ever-loyal friends and roommates, re-watching the movie Troy, and attempting to weigh 190lbs.