Quick Facts General Information Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lawrence, Kan. Founded . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1866 Enrollment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29,462 Nickname . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jayhawks Colors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Crimson & Blue Rowing Conferences. . . . . . Big 12 and Conference USA Chancellor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Bernadette Gray-Little Athletics Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sheahon Zenger Faculty Athletics Representative . . . . . . . Dr. Jerry Bailey SWA/Rowing Administrator . . . . . . . . Debbie Van Saun
Rowing Staff Head Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rob Catloth Alma Mater (Year) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kansas (1985) Office Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (785) 864-3557 E-mail Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .email@example.com Associate Head Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jennifer Myers Alma Mater (Year) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kansas (1998) Office Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (785) 864-4207 E-mail Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Emily Martin Alma Mater (Year) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kansas (2009) Office Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (785) 864-3584 E-mail Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .email@example.com Graduate Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LeAnna Kemp Alma Mater (Year) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kansas (2005) E-mail Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .firstname.lastname@example.org
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Table of Contents 2011-12 Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Kansas Rowing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-3 The Boathouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-9 What is Rowing? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Rowing Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 The Races . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13 Big 12 Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Conference USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Rowing at KU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 First-Year Rowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Kansas River. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Follow KU on the Internet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Head Coach Rob Catloth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-21 Associate Head Coach Jen Myers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Assistant Coach Emily Martin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Graduate Assistant LeAnna Kemp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-27 Support Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Academic Support. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 2011-12 Roster. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-31 2011-12 Rowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32-52 adidas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Where Are They Now?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54-56 Team Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Letterwinners. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58-59 The University of Kansas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60-61 KU Traditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62-63 The City of Lawrence.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64-65 Kansas City. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
For more information about Kansas Rowing or to fill out a rowing recruit questionnaire, please visit www.kuathletics.com/rowing For any questions, contact Emily Martin at (785) 864-3584 or by e-mail at emart99@ ku.edu. Credits The 2011-12 University of Kansas rowing media guide is a product of the Kansas media relations office, published by Kansas Athletics. This guide was written, designed and edited by media relations student assistant Weston Pletcher. Editorial and design assistance by Alissa Bauer, Christine Dieckmann, Erin Penning and the Kansas media relations staff. Photography by Jeff and Laura Jacobsen with contributed photos from members of the KU rowing team and Lindsey Miles.
Head of the Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Head of the Hooch
Oklahoma City, OK
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Kansas Cup (KU vs. KSU)
Kansas City, Kan.
Big 12 Championship
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
West Windsor, N.J.
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“Being a part of the KU Rowing team has changed my life forever. I can’t imagine life without rowing or the friends I have made. I know that these girls will be my friends forever. I have been able to continue my competitiveness at a D-I level and learn a new sport.” - Senior Lindsey Bricklemyer
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â€œI had the opportunity to volunteer with the Special Olympics several times this past year through rowing. It feels really good to get to know the kids throughout the day by just giving a little bit of your time.â€? - Senior Molly Boehner Rowing became a varsity sport at the University of Kansas in 1995.
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Completed in January of 2009, the University of Kansas Boathouse sits near the Kansas River in Lawrence’s Burcham Park. The 14,000 square-foot facility is less than 10 blocks from campus, making it the closest boathouse of any school in the Big 12 Conference.
Built to withstand a flood event of eight feet, the boathouse can house 65 boats at a time in the lower level storage area.
With a 90-locker team locker room and a 50-locker public locker room, the boathouse accommodates both the Kansas women’s rowing team and the Kansas Crew Club. Also sporting a full kitchen and catering room, the boathouse provides a great place for rowers to congregate during the season and the 2,000 square foot multi-functional team room provides a place for the team to build camaraderie. The boathouse also has a second-level deck that allows rowers to spend time outside before practice. Construction for the boathouse was funded in large part by a special student activities fee, ratified by the University’s student body in 2006.
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The team locker room has 90 lockers. Each rower gets her own individual locker with a personalized name plate.
All four-year letterwinners get their name permanently placed in their locker for future rowers to see.
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In addition to the team locker room, the boathouse has a 2,000 square-foot multifunctional team room that leads out to a second floor balcony for the rowers to relax and build team chemistry. It also provides space for rowers to work out indoors on the ergometers while watching television.
â€œThe team room is great. You can watch television, movies, listen to your iPod or crank up the radio while working out.â€? - Junior Olivia Kinet
The T h llounge area iincludes l d a computer t area and d printer i for rowers to use. 6 |K Kansas ansas Rowing Rowing 2 2011-12 011-12
The state-of-the-art training room allows rowers to be treated for any injuries or soreness to perform at their full capacity throughout the season..
Kelly Turney joined the training staff in July of 2011. She is currently a staff certified athletic trainer with the rowing team. Turney comes to KU after being a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the rowing team at Clemson University. At Clemson, she attended the NCAA Rowing National Championships in 2010 and 2011. She completed her Masterâ€™s degree in human resource development. Kelly Turney Certified Athletic Trainer First Year at Kansas
Prior to that, Turney was an intern athletic trainer at Wofford College for the football team. She graduated from Winthrop in 2008 with a degree in athletic training. While attending Winthrop, Turney was a goalkeeper on the soccer team. Turney is currently a member of NATA and enjoys cooking and reading in her free time.
The athletic training staff assists with both injury prevention and maintaining a healthy diet.
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â€œBrady is always there to teach you something new and pushes pushes you to do things you never thought you could. He He is extremely encouraging and very knowledgeable about what he is teaching you.â€? - Junior Molly Boehner The $8 million, 42,000 square-foot Anderson Family Strength and Conditioning Center opened in the summer of 2003 and features advanced weight training equipment, a cardiovascular workout area and meeting rooms.
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Aside from training and team rooms, the boathouse also has a full-service kitchen. The training staff stocks the kitchen with healthy drinks and food, so rowers can make meals or have a snack before or after practice.
The kitchen has a full-size refrigerator, microwave, griddle and dishwasher.
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Rowing, or Crew as it is sometimes called, is the oldest intercollegiate sport in America. The first sporting contest of any kind between two universities was a rowing race between Harvard and Yale in 1852. That race is still held annually. The first formal womenâ€™s rowing program began in 1877 at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.
Rowing is an NCAA championship sport for women only. The first championship meet was held in 1997 at Rancho Cordova, Calif. Division II and Division III championships were added in 2002. Rowing continues to grow immensely in popularity, as the number of NCAA programs has grown from 74 in 1997 to over 140 in 2011.
d strength h and d aerobic b d h A hl h Rowers possess good endurance characteristics. Athletes in this sport must thrive in a team environment. With eight rowers in a boat performing a common task, everyone must have a strong commitment to her teammates to bring the boat to racing speed.
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ABEAM - directly off the BODY ANGLE - amount side of the shell. at catch, of forward lean of oars person’s body from ASTERN - directly to the hips; most types of strokes rear of the shell. have a 60 degree body “BACK IT DOWN” angle at catch. - command from the BOW - the forward section coxswain for the rowers to of the shell. reverse the blades and row backward in short strokes. BREAKAGE - the damage to boat or equipment; BLADE - flat surface of oar breakage during first 20 usually varying in width seconds of race is grounds from 6 1/2 in. to 7 1/4 in. for referee recalling all and in length from 24 in. to shells and restarting the 30 in. The surfaces of the race. blades are usually painted CATCH - the point in the in the team’s colors. stroke cycle at which the BLADE WORK - action blade enters the water. of blade during stroke, encompassing such CHECK - amount of techniques as “catch,” interruption of forward “feathering,” etc., used to progress of shell, which describe the manner in commonly occurs at the which the rower handles catch and sometimes at the oar. the release.
COLLAR - portion of the oar shaft which fits into the oar lock for leverage by the rower.
LEG DRIVE - power applied to stroke by legs against the stretcher towards bow.
COXSWAIN - member of the crew who sits in stationary seat at stern or bow facing forward; primarily charged with steering; often calls rate and aids in carrying strategy by gauging the competition’s position.
LOOM - shaft of oar, between blade and handle. RACING START - first few strokes of race, usually shorter and quicker than those used through body of race, critical in setting race tempo.
DECK - sections for shell at bow and stern covered STROKE RATE - number of strokes per minute; by thin, light material. usually varies in race from FINISH - as part of stroke 38-40 at start, to 28-34 in cycle, the last part of the the middle and 34-42 at the finish. drive before release. LAYBACK - amount of lean of rowers body at finish; less angle than at the catch.
SWEEP - oar, usually 12 ft. long, one per rower, less than 7 lbs. in weight. See “loom” and “blade.”
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At the Olympic and intercollegiate level, rowing races are 2000 meters long (about 1.25 miles) and take six to seven minutes to complete. As many as seven boats can enter each race. Each boat can hold one to eight rowers and an additional person, known as the coxswain. The coxswain is responsible for steering the boat and helping the team execute its race strategy. Nearly every race at the collegiate level is in either a four or eight person boat, with a coxswain.
The competitive season for rowing starts mid-March and runs to the end of May. In the fall, the team competes in longer-distance races, known as head races, to break up off-season training and provide rowers with racing experience prior to the spring. KU races at events across the country, including New Jersey, Tennessee and Texas. Races are usually on weekends, so rowers rarely miss classes due to traveling.
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Head races usually take place in the fall on rivers; for example, the Head of the Charles and the Head of the Oklahoma. Rowers, starting the course one after the other about 15 seconds apart, navigate three miles of river around bends and under bridges. Whoever completes the course in the shortest amount of time wins.
Watching Races Signs of success: • Continuous, fluid motion of rowers. • Synchronization. Rowers strive for perfect synchronization in the boat. • Clean catches with the blade. Excess splashing means the blades are not entering the water correctly. • Even bladework. When the blades are brought out of the water, they should all move horizontally at the same height, just above the water. • The shells don’t move a consistent speed slowest at the catch, quickest at the release. A good crew times the catch at the right moment to maintain the speed of the shell. • Strokes per minute. An eight can achieve a higher stroke rate than a single. A tall rower can take less strokes per minute than someone smaller and still move faster.
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Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Texas compete in the Big 12 Championship at the end of the spring season each year. The Big 12 Rowing Championship will enter its first year as a fully-supported conference championship in 2012. Kansas rowing hosted the inaugural Big 12 Rowing Championship at Wyandotte County Lake in Kansas City, Kan., on May 2, 2009. Oklahoma rowing will host the 2012 Big 12 Rowing Championship this season at the Oklahoma River on April 28.
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“The Big 12 Conference Championship is a really big event because we’re competing against schools that are big rivals, like Kansas State and Texas. It’s an event we look forward to every year. One of our biggest goals is to compete well and come away with that championship.” – Senior Kathryn Schoonover
On May 3, 2009, the University of Kansas rowing team announced that it would join Conference USA as an affiliate member along with Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, Alabama, Tulsa, SMU and Central Florida. By forming a nine-team conference, the winner of the Conference USA Championship will automatically qualify for the NCAA Championship beginning in 2013, the first year the NCAA will institute automatic qualifying for the NCAA Rowing Championship. The inaugural Conference USA Championship was held in Oak Ridge, Tenn., May 15-16, 2010. In its first year in the conference, Kansas placed three rowers on Conference USA All-Academic Team, the most of any school. In addition, Lindsey Lawrence was named to the AllConference Team.
The Novice Eight squad brought home a second-place finish at the 2011 Conference USA Championship with a time of 6:47.87 in the grand final. However, the Novice Eight race did not count for any points in the scoring system used by Conference USA for the regatta.
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Rowing receives 20 full scholarships, which can be divided between members of the team. That is more than any other womenâ€™s sport at the NCAA level and second only to football among all teams. On average, more than 40 members of the team earn a partial scholarship every year. In its 16 years, the Kansas rowing program has achieved many significant milestones. In 1999, only four years after the program was established, KU earned its first Top 20 national ranking and the Varsity Eight won the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship. The Jayhawks went on to earn a Top 25 national ranking for three consecutive years, from 1999 to 2001. In 2005, the team had a program-record 10 first-place finishes. In 2009, the First Varsity Eight set a school record for 2000 meters with a time of 6:26. KU rowing has achieved a lot of success out of the water, as well. In two of the past four years, a Kansas rower has received the prestigious Big 12 Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship, which only two athletes from each Big 12 school earn each year. The scholarship provides $7,500 to each recipient to use toward graduate or professional school costs. Additonally, KU rowing had a score of 970 on the NCAAâ€™s Academic Progress Rate out of a possible 1000.
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KUâ€™s rowing team consists of two squads: the returning squad and the novice squad, for athletes in their first year of collegiate competition. The novice squad only races against other novice squads throughout the season. The vast majority of novices have no previous rowing experience before attending college. Both squads are considered varsity athletes at KU.
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The scenic Kansas River is the practice site for Kansas rowing and will be its home competition site beginning in 2012. The river is a perfect venue for participating in and spectating. The river is centrally located in Lawrence, running just north of downtown and adjacent to Burcham Park, the site of local concerts and the team’s boathouse, less than five minutes from KU’s campus. “The Kansas River is a really nice place to practice,” KU coach Rob Catloth said. “It gives us a peaceful place to concentrate on rowing. It also has been a great place to hold competitions because of the great viewing areas.”
Kansas River Quick Facts Nickname......................................Kaw Length...................................170 miles Drainage Area.....61,300 square miles Empties Into................Missouri River
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Rob Catloth Head Coach 17th Season (Kansas â€˜85)
Coach Catloth At-A-Glance Hometown.......................Lawrence, Kan. High School.........................Lawrence HS Education.................................Kansas â€˜85 Coaching Experience..................28 years Rowing Experience....Kansas 1981-1984
Coaching Highlights 2010: Second-straight year KU tied for the most student-athletes on the Conference USA Rowing All-Academic Team with three selections 2009: Varsity Eight sets school record for 2000 meters at 6:26.2 2008: Team finishes second at Big 12 Invitational Kara Boston receives Big 12 Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship 2007: Team finishes second at Big 12 Invitational Lindsey Miles receives Big 12 Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship 2005: Team sets a program record with 10 first-place finishes 2004: Varsity Eight wins the Kansas Cup for the fifth-consecutive year 2002: Team posts three first-place finishes at the Knecht Cup 2001: Team finishes the season nationally ranked for third-consecutive year 2000: Top 20 ranking for second-straight year Risa Petty named COSIDA Academic All-American Varsity Eight are inaugural Kansas Cup Champions against Kansas State 1999: Varsity receives first ever Top 20 national ranking Varsity Eight wins the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship 20 2 0 |K Kansas ansas Rowing Rowing 2 2011-12 011-12
Rob Catloth was named the Kansas rowing coach when the team was founded in 1995 and remains the only varsity rowing coach in KU history. Now entering his 17th season, Catloth will look to build upon a strong foundation set by the program’s recent successes and usher in a new age of Kansas rowing with a completed boathouse on the Kansas River. In 2010, Catloth guided senior Nicole Schneider to a unanimous selection for the Conference USA All-Academic Team, for the second-straight year. ear Schneider is one of only two student-athletes to make the Conference USA Rowing All-Academic Team in each year of its existence. Catloth has coached KU to numerous milestones in the program’s Ca history. Those include an Intercollegiate Rowing Association his Championship, three consecutive seasons being ranked and the team’s Ch firrst ever Top-20 national ranking. In 2009, the Varsity Eight set a school record for 2000 meters with a time of 6:26.2. Other milestones include rec victories over in-state rival Kansas State for five-consecutive years of the vic Kansas Cup, as well as, a program-record 10 first-place finishes in 2005. Ka Catloth has also seen two of his rowers receive the prestigious Big 12 Ca Prentice Gault Postgraduate Scholarship in the past four seasons and Pr Risa Petty was named a COSIDA Academic All-American in 2000. Ri Catloth has developed a philosophy that creates strong team un unity and produces focused, competitive student-athletes. The rowing program is also structured to promote a close interaction between pr fre freshmen and upperclassmen, as Catloth and his staff believe that fre freshmen mentoring expedites the transition to university life. Catloth’s success at Kansas was recognized nationally in the summer of 2000 when he was selected, with former University of Pennsylvania co coach Barb Kirch, to lead the U.S. freshmen and pre-elite camp at the AR ARCO Olympic Training Center. Catloth and Kirch led the Nations Cup Four to a gold medal (the 23-and-under world w championship) in Copenhagen, Denmark, in July 2000. Catloth, a Lawrence native, graduated from Kansas in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree. He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Baldwin City, Kan. They have three children, Grant and Olivia, who are both undergraduates at KU, and a one-year-old named Van.
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Jen Myers Associate Head Coach 12th Season (Kansas ‘98) Jennifer Myers begins her 12th year as assistant to head coach Rob Catloth and fourth year as associate head coach. Myers heads up the role of recruiting walk-ons from campus and teaching and developing first-year rowers. She also assists with team travel and day-to-day team administration. Myers begins her eighth season coaching the Novice program in 2011. She has also coached the Varsity Four at KU. During Myers’ career at Kansas, her novice programs have had first place finishes at the SouthCentral Regionals, the Big 12 Invitational and the Knecht Cup regatta. In the spring of 2011, the First Novice Eight placed second at the Conference USA and Big 12 Championship. Throughout the spring the Novice Eight remained undefeated versus Kansas State. At the Knecht Cup in the fall season, the First Novice Eight took home a silver medal, while the Second Novice Eight won gold. In 2008, the Novice Eight won at both the Big 12 Inviatational and the SIRA regatta. In the spring of 2004, Myers was nominated for Assistant Coach of the Year by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association.
Myers’ Coaching Highlights 2010 2008 2007 2005 2004
Novice Eight places second at Conference USA and Big 12 Championship Novice Eight wins Big 12 Invitational and SIRA regatta Novice Eight wins Knecht Cup Novice Eight places second Knecht Cup Novice Eight wins South-Central Regionals Nominated for Assistant Coach of the Year by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association
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Coach Myers At-A-Glance Hometown.......................Lawrence, Kan. High School.........................Lawrence HS Education.................................Kansas ‘98 Coaching Experience..................12 years Rowing Experience....Kansas 1996-1998
As a student-athlete at Kansas, Myers had a successful collegiate rowing career. Myers was a three-year letterwinner from 1996-1998, after lettering her freshman year at the University of Wyoming in swimming. During her senior year she was voted team captain and was named Outstanding Oarswoman. A Lawrence, Kan., native, Myers graduated from KU in the fall of 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. She interned with the program that fall and became an assistant coach the following season. Myers and her husband, James, live in Lawrence with their sons Koen (4) and Hudsen (2).
Emily Martin Assistant Coach First Season (Kansas ‘09)
Martin At-A-Glance Hometown...................Wellington, Kan. High School....................Wellington HS Education...............................Kansas ‘09 Rowing Experience....Kansas 2006-2009
Emily Martin is serving her first year as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator after two years as a graduate assistant. She has become very familiar with the Kansas rowing tem after competing for the team from 2006 to 2009. The three-year letterwinner was a team captain her senior season. Martin’s duties as an assistant coach include the handling of on-campus recruiting functions and assisting with both varsity and novice squads. Martin’s duties as graduate assistant over the last two seasons included assisting in recruiting correspondence, teaching the sport of rowing to the incoming novices and general administrative tasks. In 2007, Martin was a member of the First Novice Eight for the entire season, including the Knecht Cup in Camden, N.J., where the team took first place in the Grand Final, defeating second-place Rhode Island by 5.5 seconds with a time of 7:16.0. During her junior and senior years, Martin was a member of the First Varsity Eight boat for every race, including the South-Central Regionals where the team set a school record for 2000 meters with a time of 6:26.2. Following the 2008 season, Martin was named the teams’ Most Improved Oarswoman. She also was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s and Athletic Director’s Honor Rolls. Prior to her stint with the KU rowing team, Martin competed in volleyball at Butler Community College from 2004 to 2006. Martin majored in sports management and also earned a minor in business. The Wellington, Kan., native graduated in 2009 and is currently working on a master’s degree in sports studies.
“Emily is wonderful. To have another support as a novice, especially somebody who just completed her rowing career, is a real plus. She knows exactly what we’re going through. It’s really great to have her firsthand experience and support.” – Junior Ashleigh Allam 23 3 Kansas K ansas Rowing Rowing 2 2011-12 011-12| 2
LeAnna Kemp Graduate Assistant First Season (Kansas ‘05)
Kemp At-A-Glance Full Name............................LeAnna Kemp Hometown........................Kansas City, Mo. High School......................Park Hill South Education...................................Kansas ‘05 Rowing Experience.......Kansas 2002-2005
LeAnna Kemp is entering her first year as a graduate assistant coach for the Jayhawk rowing team. Kemp joins the rowing staff after spending the 2010-11 season as a volunteer assistant for the Jayhawk rowing team, where she worked with the novice group. Her duties as a graduate assistant include recruiting correspondence, teaching the incoming novice the sport of rowing and general administrative duties. A KU rower from 2002-05, Kemp earned the “Essence of a Jayhawk” Award during her junior year. She was also named a Jayhawk Scholar during her sophomore and junior years. Kemp joined the team her sophomore year and became a consistent competitor as coxswain for the First and Second Novice Eight boats, as well as the Novice Four boat. As a member of the Novice Four boat, earned a third place finish at the Knecht Cup and took home a gold medal against Cincinnati. On the First Novice Eight, earned a gold medal against Kansas State and a secondplace finish against Texas. As a member of the Second Novice Eight notched a second place finish at the Big 12 Invitational. Was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. During her junior year she was a member of the Varsity Four boat that placed fifth in the C Finals at the South-Central Regionals. The Kansas City, Mo., native graduated in 2005 from KU with a degree in journalism. After graduating from KU, Kemp spent four years in Jacksonville, Fla., working on the Young Life staff, a non-profit Christian ministry. While in Jacksonville, she also spent time as a rowing volunteer assistant at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville, working with middle school-aged girls. Kemp is currently working on her master’s degree in education with a concentration in physical education.
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Bernadette Gray-Little University Chancellor Third Year
Gray-Little At-A-Glance Bachelor’s............Marywood College ‘66 Master’s..............St. Louis University ‘68 Doctorate ...........St. Louis University ‘70 Year at KU................................... Third
A highly-regarded scholar, teacher and university leader, Bernadette Gray-Little began her tenure as the 17th chancellor of the University of Kansas on August 15, 2009. As KU chancellor, Gray-Little is the chief executive officer of the university, overseeing campuses in Lawrence, Kansas City, Overland Park and Wichita in addition to research and educational centers in Topeka, Hutchinson, Parsons and elsewhere in the state. She succeeds Robert Hemenway, who served as KU chancellor for 14 years. Gray-Little has identified enhancing undergraduate education, raising KU’s scholarly profile and securing the resources needed for students, and the university, to succeed as three of her initial goals for KU. Prior to her time at Kansas, Chancellor Gray-Little previously was executive vice chancellor and provost from 2006 to 2009 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A professor of psychology, Gray-Little rose to the post of UNC’s chief academic officer after successive administrative appointments, including dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, executive associate provost, senior associate dean for undergraduate education for the college and chair of the Department of Psychology. In these roles, she earned a reputation as a superb fundraiser, a relationship builder, a strong advocate for faculty and for research and a champion for the highest quality educational experience for students. A native of eastern North Carolina, Gray-Little received her bachelor’s degree from Marywood College in Scranton, Pa., and her master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from St. Louis University. Her postdoctoral research in cross-cultural psychology was funded by a fellowship from the Fulbright Foundation for study in Denmark. She has also been a Social Science Research Council Fellow and a recipient of a Ford Foundation Senior Scholar Fellowship through the National Research Council. Her research falls primarily into three areas, two of which reflect a continuing interest in the relation of social and cultural factors to personality and psychopathology. First, she has studied the relevance of the client and clinician’s ethnic/racial membership to the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorder. The second area concerns the social determinants of self-esteem and is manifest in research on factors associated with self-esteem in children and adolescents of varied ethnic groups. In a third area of research, she has explored the association of relationship satisfaction to the decision-making and influence strategies used by couples in intimate relationships. Gray-Little is married to Shade Key Little, who was assistant dean for academic support services at UNC. They have two adult children and one grandchild.
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Sheahon Zenger Athletics Director Second Year
Zenger At-A-Glance Bachelor’s.......................Kansas State ‘88 Doctorate................................Kansas ‘96 Year at KU............................... Second
Dr. Sheahon (SHAY-un) Zenger is a coach at heart, but when KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little introduced the Hays, Kan., native as KU’s Athletics Director January 3, 2011, he promised not to call any plays for the coaches. That doesn’t mean, though, that he won’t be right there with them - and their student-athletes - every step of the way. For it’s his genuine care for coaches and student-athletes that has stamped his career in intercollegiate athletics. Zenger comes to KU after serving for five years as athletics director at Illinois State University, helping steer ISU Athletics to a place of prominence in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Redbirds won a conference-leading seven league titles during the 2009-10 season and captured their second Valley All-Sports Trophy in three years. ISU’s Weisbecker Scholarship Fund membership grew 65 percent during his tenure, and capital projects boomed. The Illinois State Baseball Stadium at Duffy Bass Field was officially dedicated in May 2009 to culminate the completion of that $3.5 million project. In addition, funding for the Redbird Arena locker room improvements has also been secured. With experience as an educator, coach, fundraiser and administrator, Zenger brought a plan to Illinois State, and with the help of the head coaches and administrative staff, personalized that strategic plan for Redbird Athletics. As a result, the athletic department saw record-high grade-point averages (GPA) in each of the last four years, including a best-ever department-wide 3.13 GPA in fall 2009. Redbird student-athletes now regularly carry a GPA of 3.0 or better. ISU student-athletes have also contributed more than 2,000 hours of community service in each of the last five years, including 3,500 hours during the 2009-10 athletic season. In addition to MVC All-Sports titles in 2008 and 2010, in his last three years at ISU Zenger led the department to 16 top-five finishes in its 17 Valley sports - the highest percentage of top-five finishers in league history. Zenger secured a five-year apparel contract for Redbird Athletics, and significantly increased the marketing of the program in the Central Illinois region, most notably with a campaign centered on the award-winning marketing campaign “Spread the Red.” He also witnessed record-setting attendance figures in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball, while seeing 17 Redbird teams advance to postseason play. At the beginning of his career, Zenger wasn’t headed toward a career in administration. He was nine years old when he told his father he wanted to be a coach, and it didn’t take long for that dream to materialize. After playing football at Fort Hays State and Mid-American Nazarene College, he finished his undergraduate degree at Kansas State. Even before he received his bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education in 1988, Zenger was assisting the football coaches at Manhattan (Kan.) High School. His first college football coaching job came at Drake University right after graduation.
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In 1989, at age 23, Zenger joined Bill Snyder’s staff at Kansas State as one of the nation’s youngest full-time football staff members. He served in key roles as assistant recruiting coordinator and director of football operations. Zenger completed his master’s degree in journalism and mass communication in 1992, while helping Snyder bring Wildcat football to unprecedented success. It became evident, though, that more than coaching was in store for Zenger. He sought advice from then-KU Chancellor Gene Budig, who convinced him to pursue a Ph.D. at KU. As he completed his Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership (1996), Zenger contributed communications and special projects support to the office of the executive vice-chancellor, Ed Meyen, and wrote the professional life history of then-chancellor Del Shankel, while strengthening his understanding of university leadership at the highest levels. While focusing his attention on academics, he managed to stay involved in the world of intercollegiate athletics, specifically football. ‘Involved’ may be an understatement. In 1993 Zenger and a friend founded American Football Quarterly, a magazine for coaches. Zenger served as publisher - and then editor - until 1995, when he sold his share of the thriving magazine. Still, coaching stayed in his blood. After earning his doctorate, Zenger signed on as the recruiting coordinator for the brand-new NCAA Division I football program at the University of South Florida in 1996. A year later, he joined the University of Wyoming football staff as recruiting coordinator and within two years rose to assistant head coach, ach a position he still considers one of the crowning achievements of his career. Zenger stayed at Wyoming through the 2000 season before returning to Kansas State. He spent a year in the KSU College of Business, raising more than $2 million and restructuring its development program with research and planning. He rejoined KSU Athletics in 2001 as assistant athletics director for major gifts, helping KSU initiate important development strategies. In 2002, he was appointed KSU’s associate athletics director for development, a position he held until 2005, when he was named Athletics Director at Illinois State. A published author and researcher, Zenger served for three years on the NCAA Division I Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement. He also served on two NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Division committees, and was a member of the Executive Committee of NACDA’s Division I FCS Athletic Directors Association. He is also a member of many professional and university organizations, including the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the American Football Coaches Association. Zenger is married to the former Pam McAnarney. The couple have three children: Luke (14), Abby (12) and Jake (10).
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Debbie Van Saun joined the Kansas Athletics staff as an Associate Athletics Director and Senior Women’s Administrator in August 2007. At Kansas, Van Saun directly supervises selected sports and provides administrative guidance to those coaches and their programs. Those selected sports include softball, rowing, men’s golf, women’s golf and swimming and diving. She works closely with student-athletes regarding financial aid, housing, summer school, fifthyear aid and other pertinent areas. It is Van Saun’s job to monitor Kansas Athletics’ efforts to comply Title IX and NCAA gender equity principles, as well as monitor Debbie Van Saun NCAA governance issues and coordinate the University’s position on new NCAA Senior Woman legislation. She also prepares financial aid budget reports for the Athletics Director. Administrator Van Saun came to KU from the City of Lawrence, where she served in numerous positions: assistant city manager, assistant utilities director, assistant finance director and collections supervisor. Her roles with the city dated back to 1979 and concluded when she came to KU last year. Van Saun’s husband, Paul, played varsity football for KU in the 1970’s and now owns Van Saun Decorating Service in Lawrence. Together they have two adult children, Kristen Van Saun Toner, a 2006 graduate of KU Law School, an attorney with Lathrop & Gage, L.C., and Joseph, a CPA with Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Marcia Bagby Baseball and Rowing Administrative Assistant
Jeff Jacobsen Staff Photographer
Jim Marchiony Associate AD for Communications/Media Relations
Terry Mohajir Associate AD for External Relations
Nat Marshall Boatman Sixth Year at Kansas
Adam Miller Director for StudentAthlete Development
Kelly Watson Muther Director of Scholarships and Career Services
Beth Swank Director of StudentAthlete Financial Aid
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Laura Jacobsen Associate Director Academic & Career Counseling 13th Year at Kansas
Strategic and Instructional Tutoring Programs (STP) • STP schedules more than 900 hours of tutoring each week for more than 250 studentathletes. • STP has 75 tutors who work with all studentathletes who request tutoring assistance. • Tutoring is available to any student-athlete, regardless of scholarship status or sport. • Many of the tutors working within STP are instructors or teaching assistants at KU. Some are undergraduate students who have excelled in their respective subject areas. • Research studies have found the Strategic Tutoring Program to be an effective program for under-prepared student-athletes and highly skilled students alike. • Student-athletes report a high level of satisfaction with the STP. • STP programs offer individualized tutoring as well as small study groups.
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Sarah Jane Able Danielle Adam Ashleigh Allam Julia Alvey Kellyn Angell Nicole Balmaceda Laura Benz Molly Boehner Natalie Boerio Lindsey Bricklemyer Erin Brogan Kristen Byrd Meghan Cahill Olivia Catloth Caty Clements Caity Decker Kristin Engbroten Katy Evans Chole Fischgrund Kelsie Fiss Caitlin Flanagan Angie Flores Rodriguez Lexa Fowlkes Eileen Gallagher Allie Griffin Jenni Hartzler Katie Hayes Carly Iverson Andrea Joyce Olivia Kinet Jade Lambkins Sarah Lasini Lindsey Leonard
5-8 5-9 5-9 5-9 5-6 5-2 5-8 5-10 5-5 5-4 6-2 5-8 6-2 5-7 5-7 5-8 5-6 5-10 4-11 5-10 5-2 5-9 5-11 5-5 5-8 5-11 5-10 5-8 5-11 6-0 5-10 5-5 5-8
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Leawood, Kan. (Blue Valley HS) Olathe, Kan. (Olathe Northwest HS) Lawrence, Kan. (Free State HS) San Ramon, Calif. (California HS) Hendersonville, Tenn. (The Harpeth Hall School) Lenexa, Kan. (Notre Dame de Sion HS) Olathe, Kan. (Olathe East HS) Shawnee Mission, Kan. (Bishop Miege HS) Pittsburgh, Pa. (Western Reserve Academy) Olathe, Kan. (Olathe South HS) Haddonfield, N.J. (Haddonfield Memorial HS) Franklin, Tenn. (Easton Area HS) Ottawa, Kan. (Ottawa HS) Baldwin City, Kan. (Baldwin City HS) Lamar, Mo. (Lamar HS) Pittsburg, Kan. (St. Mary’s Colgan HS) Paola, Kan. (Paola HS) Aspen, Colo. (Aspen HS) Leawood, Kan. (Shawnee Mission East HS) Kansas City, Kan. (St. Teresa’s Academy) Matteson, Ill. (Homewood-Flossmoore HS) Monterrey, Mexico (Instituto Cientifico y Literario) Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Saint Teresa’s Academy) Overland Park, Kan. (Shawnee Mission East HS) Wichita, Kan. (The Independent School) Kearney, Mo. (Kearney HS) Pittsburg, Kan. (St. Mary’s Colgan HS) Lenexa, Kan. (Shawnee Mission Northwest HS) Tulsa, Okla. (Holland Hall HS) London, England (The American School in London) Parsons, Kan. (Labette County HS) Wildwood, Mo. (Lafayette HS) Wamego, Kan. (Wamego HS)
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Claudijah Lever Amanda Lewis Abbey Lozenski Melanie Luthi Kate Lygrisse Katy MacCormack Amber Malone Katie Mathis Ashlyn Midyett Jessica Miller Angela Mings Cara Murray Amanda Nelson Nicole Otey Libby Phillips Leah Roy Elizabeth Scherer Kathryn Schoonover Kaylee Sextro Hannah Silverthorne Hannah Singhal Emily Starr Paige Stephens Brooke Thuston Emma Umbarger Cheyenne Verdoorn Abbie Watson
Rowers by Class Senior: 7 Junior: 10 Sophomore: 16 Freshman: 27
5-9 5-10 5-0 5-10 5-8 5-2 5-10 4-10 5-8 5-7 5-8 5-10 5-5 5-11 5-8 5-10 5-9 5-8 5-6 5-8 5-8 5-10 5-10 5-9 5-7 5-9 6-1
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Milwaukee, Wis. (Messmer HS) Silver Lake, Kan. (Silver Lake HS) Lansing, Kan. (Lansing HS) Junction City, Kan. (Junction City HS) Wichita, Kan. (Classical School of Wichita) Oâ€™Fallon, Mo. (Fort Zumwalt West HS) Norwood, Mo. (Norwood HS) Manhattan, Kan. (Manhattan HS) Olathe, Kan. (Olathe Northwest HS) Kingman, Kan. (Kingman HS) Overland Park, Kan. (Shawnee Mission Northwest HS) Lenexa, Kan. (Shawnee Mission West HS) Shawnee, Kan. (Mill Valley HS) Gardner, Kan. (Gardner-Edgerton HS) Overland Park, Kan. (Olathe South HS) Kansas City, Mo. (Liberty HS) Wamego, Kan. (Wamego HS) Athens, Texas (Athens HS) Olathe, Kan. (Olathe South HS) Wichita, Kan. (Wichita North HS) Lenexa, Kan. (Shawnee Mission Northwest HS) Grantville, Kan. (Jefferson West HS) Colby, Kan. (Colby HS) Kearney, Mo. (Kearney HS) Shawnee, Kan. (Mill Valley HS) Platte City, Mo. (Platte County HS) Oak Ridge, Tenn. (Oak Ridge HS)
Rowers by Location Kansas: 38 Missouri: 9 Tennessee: 3 Texas : 1 Pennsylvania: 1 California: 1 Colorado: 1
Illinois: 1 Wisconsin: 1 Oklahoma: 1 New Jersey: 1 England: 1 Mexico: 1
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Sarah Jane Able S Leawood, Kan. L Blue Valley HS B
High School: A Academic cade honor roll throughout high school. Personal: Daughter of Matthew and Barb Able... Has three siblings: Christopher, Allison and Travis... Her sister, Allison, was also on the KU rowing team... Plans to major in human biology.
Danielle Adam 5’9” Olathe, Kan. Olathe Northwest HS
2009-10 (Freshman): (Freshman n): Member of the Second Varsity Eight throughout the spring season, which defeated Kansas State in the Kansas Cup and finished second at the Big 12 Championship. High School: Three-year letterwinner in band and two-year letterwinner in soccer... On the presidential honor roll all four years... Set weightlifting records in power clean, squat and bench... Rowed for the Kansas Crew club team coached by Jeremy Struemph... Won numerous Novice Four events as part of Kansas Crew, including the Sunflower State Rowing Championship... Took third place at the American Collegiate Rowing Association National Club Regatta in the First Novice Four. Personal: Daughter of Jim and Diane Adam... Has three siblings, Austin, Riley and Trevor... Great-grandfather, Paul James Adam, and great uncle, Jim Mills, both played football at KU... Brother, Austin, currently plays football for South Dakota School of Mines... Is a fifth-generation Jayhawk... Majoring in exercise science.
A Ashleigh Allam Lawrence, Kan. L Free State HS F
2009-10 (Freshman): (Fresh hman n): Member of the First Novice Eight throughout the spring season... Defeated f d Kansas as State in the Kansas Cup... Won the C Final at the South-Central Regionals... Member of the First Novice Four and First Novice Eight at the Frostbite Regatta. High School: Four-year letterwinner in basketball and a three-year letterwinner in volleyball... Volleyball team won Sunflower League Championship in 2009. Personal: Daughter of Eric Allam and Nicole Muchmore... Majoring in journalism.
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J Julia Alvey 5’9” San Ramon, Calif. S California HS C
High School: Letter Lettered in lacrosse two years and one year in water polo. Personal: Daughter of Robert Alvey and Tammy Crow... Has three siblings: Andy, Dayna and Ashlee... Plans to major in pre-business.
K Kellyn Angell 5’6” So. H Hendersonville, Tenn. The Harpeth Hall School T High School: Lett Lettered in swimming all four years of high school… Named Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Rookie during high school… h l A 16-time All-American in swimming. Personal: Daughter of Chris and Robin Angell… Has one sister, Maddie… Plans to major in biochemistry.
N Nicole Balmaceda 5’2” Fr. Lenexa, Kan. L Notre Dame de Sion HS N High School: Member of the cross country and basketball sketball teams throughout throu high school… Member of the National Honor Society, Junior Ladies of Charity and Quill and Scroll… Earned the h President’s d ’ Volunteer Service Award and the McCallum Award for Excellence in Biological Sciences. Personal: Daughter of Joaquina Baranda and Daniel Balmaceda… Has three siblings: Chris, Alex and Julia… Her brothers, Chris and Alex, also attend KU… Plans to major in microbiology.
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L Laura Benz 5’8” O Olathe, Kan. O Olathe East HS
High School: Memb Member of the dance team from 2008-11… Competed in gymnastics for two years… Member of the President’s Honor Roll all four years of high school… Earned the Gold and Silver Presidential Service Award her junior and senior year, respectively. Personal: Daughter of John and Goldie Benz… Has three brothers: Eric, Philip and Douglas… Her mother also attended KU… Plans to major in nursing.
Molly Boehner 5’10” M Shawnee Mission, Kan. S Bishop Miege HS B
2010-11 (Junior): (Jun nior): Member of the Second Varsity Eight during the spring season... Second Varsity Eightt team finished third in the petite final of the Knecht Cup... Member of the Championship Eight B in the Head of the Hooch competition during the fall season... 2009-10 (Sophomore): Member of the Second Varsity Four, which defeated both Texas and Kansas State in their respective duels... Member of the Collegiate Eight C boat at the Boot of the Oklahoma that qualified for the stampede petite final... Member of the Varsity Eight B at Frostbite Regatta and Head of the Hooch. 2008-09 (Freshman): Member of the Second Novice Eight. High School: Lettered four years in cheerleading and was a three-year letterwinner in soccer... Member of National Honor Society... First Honor Roll 2005-08... Eastern Kansas League Scholar 2005-08. Personal: Daughter of Ernie and Norma Boehner... Uncle Bruce Sloan played basketball at KU... Sister, Betsy, played soccer at Avila... Majoring in community health.
N Natalie Boerio 5’5” Fr. P Pittsburgh, Penn. W Western Reserve Academy High School: Letter Lettered four year in track & field, two years in volleyball and one year in basketball… Member of the honor roll throughout high school… Was co-captain of the track team during her senior year… Earned the Carl Basnett Award and Coaches Award her senior year in track & field. Personal: Daughter of Mary Grace and Anthony Boerio… Has one brother, Nick, who ran cross country and track at East Carolina University… Plans to major in exercise science/pre-physical therapy.
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Lindsey Bricklemyer 5’4” Sr. Olathe, Kan. Olathe South HS 2010-11 (Junior): Coxswain of the First Varsity Four the entire spring season... Qualified for the grand final in the Knecht Cup...Defeated Kansas State in the Kansas Cup in the Varsity Four A... Varsity Four qualified for the grand final in the Conference USA Championship. 2009-10 (Sophomore): Coxswain of the First Varsity Four the entire spring season... Defeated Kansas State in the Kansas Cup... Finished second at the Big 12 Championship... Took second place in the C final of the South-Central Regionals... Coxswain of Varsity Eight boats at the Boot of the Oklahoma and the Frostbite Regatta. 2008-09 (Freshman): Coxswain of the Second Novice Eight at the Kansas Cup and the Big 12 Championship... Coxswain of the First Novice Eight at the South-Central Regional Regatta and at Minnesota. High School: Lettered three years in diving and two years in tennis... Named Most Valuable Player on her tennis team in 2007... Member of the National Honor Society, principal’s honor roll and student council. Personal: Daughter of John and Carol Bricklemyer... Competed in English Equestrian competitions in the Kansas City area for six years... Biomedical engineering major.
E Erin Brogan 6’2” Fr. Haddonfield, N.J. H Haddonfield Memorial HS H High School: Lettered three years in basketball and d tennis… Named Nam med to o the South Jersey All-Star Team in basketball during her senior year. Personal: Daughter of Michael and Regina Brogan…Has five siblings: l C Colleen, ll Danny, Ryan, Kelly ll and d Alana… Al Sister, S C Colleen, ll was on the h equestrian team and ran cross country for Brown University… Plans to major in journalism.
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K Kristen Byrd F Franklin, Tenn. E Easton Area HS
High School: Memb Member of the track & field team for three years. Personal: Daughter of Erric and Valerie Byrd… Has three siblings: Jerval Watson, Jenelle Byrd and Eric Byrd, Jr… Plans to major in prebusiness and marketing.
Meghan Cahill M O Ottawa, Kan. Ottawa HS O
Junior College: Played volleyball for two years at Cowley Countyy Community Co College… During the 2010 season her team finished third at the KJCAA Volleyball Nationals… Placed second at the 2009 KJCAA Volleyball Nationals. High School: Lettered three years in volleyball and two years in soccer. Personal: Daughter of Glen and Christine Cahill… Has one brother, Sean… Her mother, aunt and uncle all attended KU… Plans to major in environmental studies and Spanish.
Olivia Catloth 5’7” Baldwin City, Kan. Baldwin City HS
2010-11 (Sophomore): Coxswain swain of the First Varsity Eight in the Sunflower Showdown… Coxswain of the Second Varsity Four during the Knecht Cup and Big 12 Championship… Placed second in the Second Varsity Four of the K Knecht ht C Cup. 2009-10 (Freshman): Coxswain of the First Novice Eight and First Novice Four at the Frostbite Regatta.... Coxswain of the First Novice Eight for the spring season... Defeated Kansas State in the Kansas Cup... Won the C Final at the South-Central Regionals. High School: Four-year letterwinner in volleyball and track and field... On the honor roll all four years. Personal: Daughter of Rob Catloth and Deb Johnson... Has two siblings, Grant and Van... Uncle, Doug Catloth, played football at Kansas State... Brother, Grant, ran cross country at Johnson County Community College... Majoring in exercise science.
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Caty Clements Lamar, Mo. Lamar HS
2010-11 (Freshman): hman): Coxswain of the First Novice Eight versus Kansas State and in the Big 112 and Conference USA Championships… Coxswain of the he Third Novice Eight in the duel versus Texas… Took second place in the grand final n of the Conference USA Championship… Placed second iin the h Bi Big 12 Championship… Ch i hi D Defeated f d Kansas K State S in i the h Kansas K C Cup. High School: Lettered in volleyball three years and one year in track... All-District First Team in volleyball her senior year... Valedictorian... Member of National Honor Society. Personal: Daughter of Jeff and Amy Clements... Has one sibling, Caleb... Undecided major.
Caity Decker 5’8” Pittsburg, Kan. St. Mary’s Colgan HS
2010-11 (Freshman): hman): Member of the First Novice Eight during the Texas duel… Member of the th Second Novice Eight that hat took first place at the Knecht Cup… Finished second at the Big 12 Championsh Championship. High School: Lettered four years in cheerleading, three years in volleyball and two years each in track and softball... State Champion in power tumbling on double-mini for eight-consecutive years (2002-2009)... Trampoline State Champion in 2009... All-American cheerleader for three-consecutive years... Softball team won 2-1A State Championship in 2010... Volleyball team won sub-state and advanced to 2-1A State Tournament in 2007 and 2008... Team MVP in volleyball her senior year... Set school record for high jump. Personal: Daughter of Kevin and Tiffany Decker... Has one sibling, Jordan, who is currently attending KU... Grandfather, Fred Decker, played football at the University of Wyoming... Plans to major in sports science.
K Kristin Engbroten 5’6” P Paola, Kan. Paola HS P
High School: Letter Lettered in volleyball, basketball and softball during her junior and senior seasons… Two-time all-league first baseman… Member M b off the h N National Honor Society and honor roll. Personal: Daughter of Sue and Tim Engbroten… Major is undecided.
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Katy Evans Aspen, Colo. Aspen HS
2010-11 (Sophomore): re): Member of the Second Varsity Eight during the spring season… Member of the Second Varsity ty Eight versus Kansas State in the Sunflower Showdown… Member of the Championship Four A and d Ch Championship i hi Ei Eight h B at the h H Head d off the h H Hooch. h 2009-10 (Freshman): Won the Most Improved Newcomer Award... Member of the First Novice Eight throughout the spring... Defeated Kansas State in the Kansas Cup... Won the C Final at the South-Central Regionals. High School: Lettered in volleyball for four years, basketball for three years, soccer for two years and golf for one year... Set school volleyball records for most blocks in a match, most aces in a match and most aces in a season... All-Academic Honorable Mention in volleyball and basketball her senior year... Member of National Honor Society... On honor roll all eight semesters. Personal: Daughter of Kendall and Judy Evans... Has three siblings, Jamie, Jill and Scott... Brother, Scott, played football at Northern Oklahoma University... Majoring in Spanish.
C Chloe Fischgrund 4’11” Fr. L Leawood, Kan. Shawnee Mission East HS S High School: Award Awarded the Paige Winters Inspirational Award & Scholarship… Earned the Gold Service Award. Personal: Daughter of Robert and Donna Fischgrund… Has one sister, Avery, who also attends KU… Plans to major in accounting and business administration.
Kelsie Fiss 5’11” Kansas City, Kan. St. Teresa’s Academy
2010-11 (Freshman): hman): Member of the First and Second Novice Eight during the spring season… seaso Member of thee Second Novice Eight that finished second at the Big 12 Championship. High School: Lettered two years in volleyball and basketball and one year in track... Named to AllState Academic Team in 2008 in volleyball...Member of the National Honor Society. Personal: Daughter of Bob and Kim Fiss... Has three siblings, Allie, Barret and Jacob... Grandfather, Galen Fiss, played football at KU and professionally for the Cleveland Browns... Father, Bob, played football at KU... Sister, Allie, is currently attending KU.
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Caitlin Flanagan 5’2” Fr. C Matteson, Ill. M Homewood-Flossmoore HS H High School: Member of the cross country team am in high scho school… ool… Member of the National Honor Society of High School Scholars. Personal: Daughter of Matt and Judy Ireland… Has one sibling, Erin… Plans to major in political science.
A Angie Flores Rodriguez 5’9” Fr. Monterrey, M Mexico IInstituto Cientifico y Literario High School: M Member emb of the Santiago Rowing Club… Took first place in the double at the National Junior Olympic Games in 2011… Won the singles race at the Mexican Rowing Nationals in 2010… Finished third in the single and quad at the CanAmMex in 2010… Finished third in the quad at the US Rowing Club Nationals. Personal: Daughter of Jose Juan Flores Vela and Maria del Pilar Rodriguez Perez… Has one sibling, Juan Jose Flores Rodriguez… Major is undecided.
L Lexa Fowlkes 5’11” Fr. Lee’s Summit, Mo. L St. Teresa’s Academy S High School: Lettered in volleyball, soccer and spirit rit club throughout through hout high school... Member of the honor roll. Personal: Daughter of Brian and Jeanne Fowlkes... Has two siblings: Ashley and Lauren... Sister, Lauren played soccer at Notre Dame and currently plays professionally for the Philadelphia Independence... Plans to major in elementary education.
Eileen Gallagher 5’5” Jr. Overland Park, Kan. Shawnee Mission East HS homore): Member of the Second Varsity Eight for the whole spring season. 2010-11 (Sophomore): h ) M b off th i Ei ht th ti year... D f t d Kansas K 2009-10 (Freshman): Member the Fi Firstt N Novice Eight the entire Defeated State in the Kansas Cup... Won the C Final at the South-Central Regionals. High School: Lettered in wrestling for three years as a team manager. Personal: Daughter of Dick and Maureen Gallagher... Has two siblings, Erin and Brian... Pre-physical therapy major.
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Allie Griffin 5’8” A Fr. W Wichita, Kan. T The Independent School High School: Lettered in swimming all four years… … Named a Kansas Kansa Athletic Scholar… During her junior year she placed first in the 400 freestyle Relay, second in the 200 medley relay, fifth in the 500 freestyle and sixth in the 200 freestyle… During her senior year she placed second in the 400 freestyle relay and second in the 200 medley relay… Helped lead her team to a second-place finish overall during her junior and senior year. Personal: Daughter of Bruce and Helen Griffin… Has three siblings: Cole, Blaire and Thomas… Plans to major in international studies or elementary education.
J Jenni Hartzler Kearney, Mo. K Kearney HS K
High School: Three ree-time team captain of the basketball team and two-time captain of the volleyball team… Named All-Northland, allconference, f all-district ll d and academic all-state in basketball during her four years… Named all-conference, all-district and academic all-state in volleyball through her four years… Class valedictorian and member of the Principal’s Honor Roll. Personal: Daughter of Randy and Stephanie Hartzler… Has three siblings: Shane, Morgan and Jessica… Father, Randy, played football for the University of Colorado… Plans to major in microbiology.
Katie Hayes 5’10” Pittsburg, Kan. St. Mary’s Colgan HS
2010-11 (Freshman): hman): Member of the First Novice Eight for the Kansas Cup, Big 12 and Conferenc Conference USA Championships… A member of the Second Novicee Eight at the Knecht Cup… First place finish at the Knecht Cup… Defeated Kansas Kan State in the Kansas Cup… Took second place at the Big 12 Championship Ch i hi iin th the Fi Firstt N Novice i Ei Eight. ht High School: Four-year letterwinner in softball and basketball, lettered three years in volleyball... Softball team won Kansas 2-1A State Championship in 2010, placed third at State Championship in 2008 and 2009... Basketball and softball team each won sub-state and advanced to State Tournament all four years, volleyball team won sub-state in 2008 and 2009... Named First Team All-Conference and Second Team AllState Pitcher in softball sophomore and junior seasons... All-State honorable mention in basketball and All-Conference in volleyball senior year... Named to honor roll all four years. Personal: Daughter of Tom and Denise Hayes... Has three siblings, Michael, Elizabeth and Josh... Father, Tom, played football at Truman State University... Plans to major in mass communication.
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Carly Iverson 5’8” So. Lenexa, Kan. Shawnee Mission Northwest HS 2010-11 (Freshman): Member of the Second Varsity Eight versus Kansas State... Bow for the Second Novice Eight in the Sunflower Showdown... Member of the Third Novice Eight versus Texas.
A Andrea Joyce 5’11” Tulsa, Okla. T Holland Hall HS H
High School: Lettered one year in basketball… Member mber of the honor hon nor roll ro for three years… Member of the club rowing team… Freshman year finished first place as a novice at central districts… During D i her h sophomore h year finished second place as a novice at S.W.E.A.T. … First place at central districts during her sophomore year. Personal: Daughter of Isla and John Joyce… Has one brother, Jake… Plans to major in English with a major in psychology.
Olivia Kinet 6’0” Jr. London, England The American School in London 2010-11 (Sophomore): homore): Member of the First Varsity Eight for the entire spring season. 2009-10 (Freshman): h ) W Won th the O Outstanding t t di N Newcomer A Award... d M Member b off th the Fi Firstt N Novice i Ei Eight ht throughout the spring... Defeated Kansas State in the Kansas Cup... Won the C Final at the South-Central Regionals. High School: Started all four years in basketball and competed in field hockey. Personal: Daughter of Lawrence and Marsha Kinet... Has five siblings, Jennifer, Brian, Victoria, Nathaniel and Simon... Brother, Simon, played for the USA Under-19 Rugby Team... Majoring in education.
J Jade Lambkins 5’10” Parsons, Kan. P Labette County HS L
High School: Lettered four years in basketball and d volleyball… All-state All-s honorable mention in basketball during the 2009 season… Allconference in volleyball from 2007-09… Chosen to attend d Foundation d for Teaching Economics and Leadership in Berkley, Calif. Personal: Daughter of Melissa Perez and Gregory Lambkins… Has two siblings: Jordan Lambkins and Zachary Perez… Grandfather, Manuel Perez attended KU… Plans to major in speech pathology.
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Sarah Lasini S Wildwood, Mo. W Lafayette HS L
High School: Letter Lettered in softball for two years. Personal: Daughter of Dennis and Sue Lasini... Has one brother, Derek... Plans to major in sports management.
L Lindsey Leonard 5’8” W Wamego, Kan. Wamego HS W
High School: Lettered in volleyball and basketball allll four years of high school and three years in track… All-state, all-league (NCKL) and KVA All-Academic Team throughout her high school career… 2010 KVA KV VA All-Star A Team in volleyball… Lions Heart Award winner in volleyball… All-league in basketball. Personal: Daughter of Paula Cobb and Rick Patton… Has three sisters: Andrea, Ashley and Ashley… Her sister, Ashley, played volleyball at Independence Community College and Nicholls State… Plans to major in business.
C Claudijah Lever Milwaukee, Wis. M Messmer HS M
High School: Member of the basketball, volleyball lleyball and track traack & field teams throughout high school. Personal: Daughter of Letrica Shorter and Claude Lever... Has three siblings: Derrick, Tiffany and Jeffrey... Plans to major in pre-nursing.
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Amanda Lewis 5’10” Silver Lake, Kan. Silver Lake HS
2010-11 (Freshman): hman): Member of the Second Novice Eight at the Knecht Cup… Member of the Fi First Novice Eight at the Kansas Cup, Big 12 Championship hip and Conference USA Championship… Won the Knecht Cup in the Second No Novice Eight… Defeated Kansas State in the Kansas Cup as a member b off th the Fi Firstt N Novice i Ei Eight. ht High School: Lettered four years in basketball and three years in track... Holds her high school’s record for shot put and javelin... All-State in basketball her junior and senior years... Team MVP in basketball her senior year... All-League in basketball and track for three years each... Academic All-League for all four years... Named a Kansas Honor Scholar. Personal: Daughter of Matt and Michelle Lewis... Has one sibling, Jess... Plans to major in exercise science.
Abbey Lozenski Lansing, Kan. Lansing HS
2010-11 (Freshman): Coxswain of the First Novice Eight against Texas… Coxswain of the Second Novice Eight at the Knecht Cup that took first place at the Knecht Cup… Coxswain of the Second Novice Eight in the Kansas Cup and Big 12 Championship… Coxswain of the First Novice Eight B in the Conference USA Championship. High School: Lettered four years in basketball and soccer, three years in cross country and two years in cheerleading... State qualifier for three years in cross country... All-American cheerleader... Basketball team won 5A Sub-state in 2009... Named a Kansas Governor’s Scholar, a Board of Regents Scholar and a Kansas Honors Scholar. Personal: Daughter of Lance and Jeanette Lozenski... Has three siblings, Justin, J.T. and Luke.
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M Melanie Luthi 5’10” JJunction City, Kan. JJunction City HS
2010-11 (Junior): Junior): Member Memb ber of the First Varsity Eight during the entire spring season. 2009-10 (Sophomore): Member of the First Varsity Eight for the entire season... Helped set school record for 2000 meters at 6:26.2 at the South-Central Regional regatta. 2008-09 (Freshman): Member of the First Varsity Eight team. High School: Lettered four years in basketball, three years in track and two years in volleyball... School-record holder in javelin... Valedictorian. Personal: Daughter of Loran and Judy Luthi... Engineering and business major.
K Kate Lygrisse 5’8” Fr. Wichita, Kan. W Classical School of Wichita C High School: Member of the cross country, y, basketball and an nd volleyball vo teams throughout high school... Academic honor roll during all four years in high school. Personal: Daughter of Dan and Cindy Lygrisse... Has two brothers: Daniel and Mike... Her brother, Daniel, also attended KU... Plans to major in biology.
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Katy MacCormack 5’2” Jr. O’Fallon, Mo. Fort Zumwalt West HS 2010-11 (Sophomore): Coxswain of the Second Varsity Four versus Texas… Coxswain of the Varsity Four versus Kansas State in the Sunflower Showdown. 2009-10 (Freshman): Coxswain of the Second Varsity Four for the spring season... Won duels against both Texas and Kansas State... Took second place in the petite final at the South-Central Regionals. High School: Four-year letterwinner in dance... Graduated summa cum laude. Personal: Daughter of Michael and Jean MacCormack... Has two siblings, Kelley and Michelle... Majoring in chemical engineering.
Amber Malone Norwood, Mo. Norwood HS
2010-11 (Sophomore): Member of the Second Varsity Four for the entire spring season. 2009-10 (Freshman): Member of the Second Novice Eight for the Frostbite Regatta and the entire spring. High School: Lettered in basketball and softball for four years... All-Conference three years in softball and two years in basketball... Hit 15 home runs with a .716 batting average her senior season of softball... Member of National Honor Society... On the honor roll all four years. Personal: Daughter of Lee and Carla Malone... Has three siblings, Al, Max and Summer... sports management major.
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Katie Mathis 4’10” Manhattan, Kan. Manhattan HS
2010-11 (Freshman): Coxswain of the Second Novice Eight in the Sunflower Showdown and versus Texas… The only KU team to beat Texas in the duel… Coxswain of the First Novice Eight at the Knecht Cup… Coxswain of the Second Varsity Eight B in the Kansas Cup. High School: Member of the Manhattan Junior Crew club team. Personal: Daughter of Jeff and LeAnn Mathis... Has three siblings, Megan, Erin and Molly... Plans to major in exercise science.
Ashlyn Midyett 5’8” So. Olathe, Kan. Olathe Northwest HS 2010-11 (Sophomore): Member of the Second Varsity Four versus Texas, Kansas State and in the Big 12 Championship. 2009-10 (Freshman): Member of the Second Novice Eight for the entire season. High School: Lettered three years in track, two years in volleyball and one year in cross country... Won her team’s sportsmanship award in volleyball in 2008... Member of National Honor Society. Personal: Daughter of Lance and Sonja Midyett... Has two siblings, Rachel and Mitchell... An exercise science major.
Jessica Miller Kingman, Kan. Kingman HS
2010-11 (Freshman): Member of the Second Novice Eight versus Texas, the only KU team to defeat Texas in the duel… Finished the rest of the season as a member of the First Novice Eight… Defeated Kansas State in the Kansas Cup. High School: Three-year letterwinner in volleyball, basketball and softball... Lettered one year in track... Valedictorian. Personal: Daughter of Richard and Joyce Miller... Has two siblings, Jacob and Mike... Plans to major in pharmacy.
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Angela Mings 5’8” Sr. Overland Park, Kan. Shawnee Mission Northwest HS 2010-11 (Junior): Member of the First Varsity Eight for the entire spring season… Finished the last two regattas as the bow for the First Varsity Eight. 2009-10 (Sophomore): Member of the Second Varsity Eight and bow for the First Varsity Four at the Boot of the Oklahoma... Bow for the Second Varsity Eight at the Frostbite Regatta, the Head of the Hooch and the entire spring season... Defeated Kansas State in the Kansas Cup... Finished second at the Big 12 Championship. 2008-09 (Freshman): Member of the First Novice Eight. High School: Lettered three years in track and two years in volleyball... Set school record in shuttle hurdle relay... Qualified for state in the 100-meter hurdles, the 4x100 and 4X400. Personal: Daughter of Marvin and Lori Mings... Majoring in physical therapy.
Cara Murray 5’10” Lenexa, Kan. Shawnee Mission West HS
2010-11 (Freshman): hman): Member of the Second Novice Eight throughout the spring season… Member of the First Novice ce Eight at the Knecht Cup… Defeated Texas in a head-to-head duel. High School: Four-year letterwinner in cross country and track, lettered one year in bowling... Cross country team placed third at 6A State Championships in 2009... Named a Kansas Honors Scholar... Named a scholar athlete all four years Personal: Daughter of Rick and Cheryl Murray... Mom, Cheryl, attended KU... Plans to major in prepharmacy.
Amanda Nelson A Shawnee, Kan. S Mill Valley HS M
High School: M Member emb of the Topeka Swim Association for eight years... Attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine. Personal: Daughter of Gary Nelson and Tammy Bangs... Has one sibling, Madison... Plans to major in nursing.
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Nicole Otey N 5’11” Fr. Gardner, Kan. G G Gardner-Edgerton HS High School: Member of the basketball team in high school… … Named Na a Kansas Honor Scholar and member of the National Honor Society… Graduated in the top 10 percent of her graduating i class. l Personal: Daughter of Tracy Otey and Kim Peterson… Has three siblings: Stephanie, Tessa and Matthew… Plans to major in pre-nursing/ community health.
L Libby Phillips 5’8” Overland Park, Kan. O Olathe South HS O
High School: Lettered three years in volleyball... Named amed All-Sunfl flower ower League Honorable Mention in volleyball. Personal: Daughter of Jim and Cathy Phillips... Has two siblings: Caitlin and Eric... Her parents, sister and grandfather, Herman, all attended KU... Plans to major in secondary education math.
L Leah Roy 5’10” Kansas City, Mo. K Liberty HS L
High School: Lettered Letter three years in basketball… Liberty Academic Award… Led her basketball team to a conference, district and sectional championship h i hi d during i her junior year. Personal: Daughter of Duane and Kelli Roy… Has one brother, Tanner… Plans to major in business.
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Elizabeth Scherer 5’9” So. Wamego, Kan. Wamego HS 2010-11 (Freshman): Member of the First Novice Eight for the entire spring season… Defeated Kansas State in the Kansas Cup… Took second place at the Big 12 Championship… Second place in the grand final of the Conference USA Championship. High School: Two-time state champion in powerlifting... Set 4A state records in squat, clean and total weight... Four-year letterwinner in track and lettered two years in tennis... Named tennis team’s Most Improved Player in 2008... School’s valedictorian... Member of the National Honor Society... Named a Kansas Honors Scholar and a Kansas Governor’s Scholar... All-State Academic Team Honorable Mention. Personal: Daughter of Kathleen and Eugene Scherer... Has two siblings, Julie and Matthew... Plans to major in exercise science.
Kathryn Schoonover 5’8” Sr. Athens, Texas Athens HS 2010-11 (Junior): Member of the Second Varsity Eight for the entire spring season… Bow for the Championship Eight C at the Head of the Hooch… Finished third in the petite final of the Knecht Cup… Bow for the Championship Eight B at the Head of the Oklahoma. 2009-10 (Sophomore): Bow for the First Varsity Four against Kansas State and at the South-Central Regionals... Bow for the Second Varsity Four that defeated Texas... Defeated Kansas State in the Kansas Cup... Took second place in the C final of the South-Central Regionals... Member of the Varsity Eight D boat at the Boot of the Oklahoma. 2008-09 (Freshman): Member of the Second Novice Eight against Texas and at the Kansas Cup... Competed in the First Novice Eight at the SIRA’s, at Minnesota, at the Big 12 Championship and at the South/Central Regionals. High School: Three-year letterwinner in volleyball and track... Also earned a letter in basketball... Two-year varsity volleyball captain... Named First Team All-District Volleyball in 2007... Member of National Honor Society... Four-year Academic All-District Volleyball... Member of the National Honor Roll in 2005... Named Who’s Who Among America’s High School Students in 2006... Mount Oread Scholar. Personal: Daughter of Mickie Campbell and Bob Schoonover... An elementary education major.
K Kaylee Sextro 5’6” Olathe, Kan. O JJohnson o County CC
Johnson Count County ty CC: CC Played soccer for Johnson County… Named all-conference honorable mention in 2010… Member of the 2009 National Tournamentt runner-up team… In 2009, named second team all-conference. T Personal: Daughter of Ralph and Debbie Sextro… Has three brothers: Adam, Chad and Mark… Plans to major in environmental science.
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Hannah Silverthorne H Wichita, Kan. W Wichita North HS W
High School: L Lettered etter all four years in swimming… Four-time first team all-city in swimming… Four-time state qualifier… Three-time iindividual di id l city i league l titles… Member of the Wichita Swim Club… Valedictorian and member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Women in Health Care KUMC… Younger Generation Award… 4.0 GPA-honor roll all four years. Personal: Daughter of Matt and Janet Silverthorne… Mother, Janet, graduated from KU… Has two siblings: Jenna and Alex… Her brother is currently playing baseball at North Park University in Chicago… Major is undecided.
Hannah Singhal 5’8” So. Lenexa, Kan. Shawnee Mission Northwest HS 2010-11 (Freshman): Member of the Second Novice Eight that defeated Texas… Finished the rest of the season as a member of the First Novice Eight… Defeated Kansas State in the Kansas Cup… Finished second in the Big 12 Championship. High School: Four-year letterwinner in swimming... Qualified for state championships in swimming all four years... Captain of swimming team senior year... Kansas Governor’s Scholar... Four-year honor roll member. Personal: Has two siblings, Tara and Krish... Brother, Krish, competed in swimming at Truman State University... Sister, Tara, attended KU.
Emily Starr 5’10” Grantville, Kan. Jefferson West HS
2010-11 (Junior): Member of the Second Novice Eight that defeated Texas… Member of the First Novice Eight for the remainder of the spring season… Defeated Kansas State in the Kansas Cup… Placed second at the Big 12 Championship. High School: Lettered every year in basketball, including time at Cornerstone Family School in Grantville, Kan. Personal: Daughter of Gary and Julie Starr... Has two siblings, Michael and Aaron... Brother, Aaron, played baseball at Cloud County Community College... Plans to major in exercise science.
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Paige Stephens Colby, Kan. Colby HS
2010-11 (Junior): or): Member of the First Varsity Eight for the entire spring season… Bow for the First Varsity Eight versus Kansas State in the Kansas Cup… Competed in the Lightweight Single Hooch. ngle at the Head of the Hooch 2009-10 (Sophomore): Member of the First Varsity Eight in duels against Texas and Kansas State... Member of the Second Varsity Eight at the Big 12 Championship and South-Central Regionals... Took second place at the Big 12 Championship... Member of the First Varsity Eight at the Head of the Hooch regatta... Member of the Varsity Eight B at the Boot of the Oklahoma. 2008-09 (Freshman): Member of the First Novice Eight. High School: Lettered four years in cross country, three years each in basketball and track and one year in softball... Member of the 2007 State Championship team in basketball... Named to the NWKL All-Academic Team for four years in cross country and basketball... Named to the NWKL All-Academic team for three years in track... All-League First Team in basketball. Personal: Daughter of Curt and Jackie Stephens.
Brooke Thuston 5’9” B K Kearney, Mo. Kearney HS K
High School: Lettered four years in track and field and nd two years in n bask basketball... Member of the honor roll throughout high school... American record holder for the power press in powerlifting. Personal: Daughter of Morris (Wendy) and Kelly Thuston... Has one brother, Brent... Undecided on major.
Emma Umbarger Shawnee, Kan. Mill Valley HS
2010-11 (Freshman): Bow for the First Novice Eight during the spring season… Member of the First Novice Eight that defeated Kansas State in the Kansas Cup… Finished second at the Big 12 Championship.
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Cheyenne Verdoorn 6’1” Jr. Lawrence, Kan. Lawrence HS 2010-11 (Sophomore): homore): Bow for the First Varsity Four throughout the entire spring season… Defeated Kansas as State in the Kansas Cup… Qualified for the Grand Final at the Knecht Cup… Bow for the Varsity Four F against i tK Kansas St State t iin th the SSunfl flower Sh Showdown. d 2009-10 (Freshman): Bow for the First Novice Eight in duels against Kansas State and Texas as well as the Big 12 Championship... Defeated Kansas State in the Kansas Cup. High School: Four-year letterwinner in volleyball and basketball... Also a two-year letterwinner in track... All-District First Team for two years in track and basketball and once in volleyball... Basketball team won state championship in 2009... Qualified for state in track in 2007... Set school records in basketball for most points, most three-pointers, most free throws and best free throw percentage for a season... Set school volleyball records for kills and digs... Member of National Honor Society... All-State Academic Team all four years. Personal: Daughter of Mark and Tracy Verdoorn... Has one brother, Chase, who wrestled at the University of Michigan... Majoring in exercise science.
Abbie Watson A 6’1” Oak Ridge, Tenn. O Oak Ridge HS O
High School: P Placed lace first at the Head of the Tennessee and Rocky Top Head Race in the Women’s Varsity Eight during her freshman year... Took first place at the Chattanooga Headrace in the Women’s Varsity Eight during her sophomore year... During her junior year, she placed first in the Women’s Varsity Eight and Varsity Four at the Row Tide Regatta... Placed first at the Head of the Tennessee Regatta in the Women’s Varsity Eight during her senior year... Winner of the ORBIT Academy Achievement Award and the TSCPA Award.
Personal: Daughter of Martha Lewis... Has six siblings: Sarepta Cote, Adam Watson, Amanda Jeffers, Ceilidh Watson, Zach Watson and Elijah Watson... Plans to major in business management/accounting.
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Lindsey Miles L Kansas Rower 2004-2007 K Halstead, Kan. H Lindsey Miles is one of the more decorated rowers rooowers wer to don a Kansas rowing uniform. Miles rowed from 2004-07 2004-0 as a walk-on and is now working as a clinical nurse at the University of Kansas Medical Center Center. During her junior year, yea Miles was named to the 2006 CoSIDA Academic All-District Seven team. She was named to the Dean’s List, the Athletics Director’s Honor Roll and the Big 12 Comissioner’s Honor Roll every semester of her collegiate career and maintained a 4.0 GPA each semester. Miles was also recognized as a KU Woman of Distinction. She earned the Captain Award, Oarswoman of the Year Award, the Senior Oarswoman Award and “Class of 2000” Team Academic Award following her final year with the program. Throughout her career, she helped the First Varsity Eight defeat Kansas State in the Kansas Cup and also claimed victories against Drake and Tulsa. She was named an ESPN Region VII All-American following her junior season. In 2005, her crew nabbed second in the Open Four at the Head of the Iowa and took second in the Open Eight at the Head of the Hooch. She began her career at Kansas as a member of the First Novice Eight crew that earned first-place finishes at the South-Central Regionals and at the Knecht Cup. Additionally, Miles was named the Kansas Rowing Newcomer of the Year during her freshman year. How long have you been working at KU Med? “About two years into nursing school I started working there as a nurse aid. I worked on the cancer unit and that’s where I ended up getting hired. So, I’ve been on the cancer unit for two and a half years now.” How did you hear about the rowing program? “I saw a flyer in my dorm room, which was Oliver at the time, and I was just like most freshmen students trying to get involved in anything and everything. I tried a few club teams, like club volleyball, but I didn’t find them competitive enough. Then I tried getting into the sororities but I didn’t feel like I fit in there either. I kept looking and that’s when I saw the flyer. It talked about being a part of a team and creating friendships. I thought, ‘you know it probably isn’t going to work out, but I might as well try it.’ I went to the informational meeting and just stuck with it.”
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How did being a part of the rowing program benefit you? “I learned a ton from the sport itself. You have to work together and learn how to handle stress and I think having the added time requirement of practices and traveling taught me to have really good time management. I have some of my closest friends that were on the team. I have a lot of fond memories and I thought it was a great experience. It definitely helped get me through school and I feel like it benefited me in multiple ways.”
“I wanted to keep rowing and working toward a community health degree. Right after I left the KU campus, I went straight to nursing school in Kansas City.”
What is your best memory as a Jayhawk rower? “One of them would be during my senior year when we were competing in the Kansas Cup, and it was a home race. The whole race was neck-and-neck and when we got to the last 500 meters, we knew we weren’t going to lose to Kansas State. It was like we shifted into another gear because we passed them. Feeling everyone in the boat pulling together was just an amazing experience. Just being a part of that was an incredible feeling. I would say that would be my fondest memory in a competition. I also have these amazing memories of skits we used to do. My freshman year we came up with this song and dance of being a novice rower and we put it to the same tune as a Madonna song. Memories like that with the team come to mind as well.”
Do you get a chance to keep up with the program? “I have not as well as I would like. Unfortunately, with my job I work every third weekend so that keeps me from going to some of the regattas. I have seen a few that were at Wyandotte County Lake. I went to one of the alumni rowing events that they have had. I also want to see the boathouse that I never got to experience, which I think is great because they have all these utilities at their fingertips. I think also allowing the club rowing teams to utilize it gives the sport a little bit more awareness because there are so many people who don’t know about the sport.” Do you get a chance to keep up with any former teammates or coaches? “My best friend and teammate is actually still my roommate. There are a few people who were on the team that live in Kansas City and I also keep in touch with them.”
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Sarah (Smith) Myers rowed for the University of Kansas for two years after playing volleyball at Sarah Myers Hutchinson Community College. After her eligibility Kansas Rower 2003-2004 ended following the 2004 season, Myers joined the staff as an intern to fulfill a requirement for the sports management program at KU. After completing her internship, Myers remained on the staff as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator until January of 2007 when she returned to Hutchinson Community College to become an assistant volleyball coach. Myers took over the program and is currently in her second season as the head volleyball coach for the Dragons. Myers says she did not even know what rowing was when she came to the University of Kansas and certainly never thought she would be involved with the team for five years. “I came to KU just to go to school,” said Myers. “My first year on campus I wasn’t involved with rowing. I was just a student. The following year the rowing team approached my roommate during on-campus recruiting about possibly joining the team. She came home, said she was going to go to the meeting and asked if I would be interested in going with her. I didn’t know anything about rowing when I initially came to KU and had no intention of joining the team. I just learned about it from the on-campus recruiting.” Myers says her favorite memory as a rower came during her first year on the team when they went to the Big 12 Invitational. “My favorite memory from the rowing team is when our Novice Eight boat beat Texas in the Big 12 finals,” said Myers. “They had beaten us earlier in the spring. Then we came back at the Big 12 Invitational and beat them so that was great.” Upon joining the staff, Myers found many aspects of coaching that she liked. She had always envisioned herself in the coaching profession. “I knew that I wanted to get involved with coaching somehow. When I came to KU, I was a speech pathology major. That first year when I just was a student, not having some sort of organized athletics in my life affected me in a lot of ways. That’s why I got back into sports, and I knew that I had to have some form of athletics in my life.” “While I was on the rowing staff, I worked with the novice program and helped Jen,” Myers continued. “It was a lot of fun to share the experience I had. Being somebody that didn’t really know anything about the sport and learning so much in the years that I participated, it was great being able to pass that knowledge on to other young ladies who were in the same situation. I think rowing is a sport where even if you don’t have any past experience, if you really put yourself into it you can pick it up and be successful at it. It was great to see the novices pick up on it and watch the growth from the first day you put them in the water to the end of the season.” While Myers admits that her true passion has always been volleyball, Myers says that her rowing experience was very rewarding. “Rowing is the hardest sport I have ever done, but it’s the most gratifying sport that I’ve ever done. It really shows you how hard you can really work at something. It’s the most team-oriented sport I’ve ever participated in. When you’re on the water, everybody has to work together. You can’t take a break or lose mental focus because it really throws off the boat and everybody suffers.” Myers also says she stays in touch with some of her former teammates. “They are some of my best friends. It becomes harder as we’ve all moved on into our careers, but we definitely keep in touch. Alumni weekends help a lot. You always try to come back to see where everybody is and what they’re doing. I have a bunch of great memories. I’m really glad that I did it. It was a great way for me to shrink down the university and become involved in something.”
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Each year, the Kansas rowing coaches honor one or more of their rowers with the Oarswoman of the Year Award as well as the Outstanding Coxswain of the Season with the Nikia Rosenberger Outstanding Coxswain Award. Each recipient has her picture permanently displayed in the boathouse.
Meaghan Oven 2011 Oarswoman of the Year
Elise Langtry 2011 Nikia Rosenberger Outstanding Coxswain of the Year
Oarswoman of the Year 2010-11 2009-10 2008-09 2007-08 2006-07 2005-06 2004-05 2003-04 2002-03 2001-02 2000-01 1999-00 1998-99 1997-98 1996-97 1995-96
Meaghan Oven Lindsey Lawrence Valerie Jackson Kara Boston Lindsey Miles Jennifer Ebel Erin Hennessey Beth Olson Erin Harrington, Lauren Royall and Jen Van Ruyven Dana Parsons Heather Muir Tara Lynn, Risa Petty Rebecca Valburg Jennifer Adams-Myers Birgit Ederer Paige Geiger
Nikia Rosenberger Outstanding Coxswain Award 2010-11 2009-10 2008-09 2007-08 2006-07 2005-06 2004-05 2003-04 2002-03 2001-02 2000-01 1999-00 1998-99 1997-98 1996-97 1995-96
Elise Langtry Elise Langtry Katie Brosious Katie Brosious Samira Naji Ardis Johnson Crystal Reed Sara Kilbride Jasmin Smith Sara Kilbride Jennifer Page Nikia Rosenberger Nikia Rosenberger Nikia Rosenberger Karen Chandler Mary Beth Kurzak
Rowers can also earn other awards, such as â€œThe Essence of a Jayhawkâ€? and outstanding newcomer. 57 7 Kansas K ansas Rowing Rowing 2 2011-12 011-12| 5
-ALindsay Abbot . . . . . . . 2001-2003 Allison Able . . . . . . . . . 2008-2011 Kelly Abrams . . . . . . . . 2003-2004 Danielle Adam. . . .2010-present Allison Adams . . . . . . 1996-1997 Jennifer Adams . . . . . . 1996-1998 Laura Adamson . . . . . . 2001-2004 Ashleigh Allam . . .2010-present Kristen Allison. . . . . . . 2008-2011 Tara Allsop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1999 Sasha Amirahmadi . . . 2001-2002 Kathryn Ault . . . . . . . . 2005-2006 -BTawnya Bach . . . . . . . . 1999-2002 Kahheetah Barnoskie . 2006-2009 Katie Beall. . . . . . . . . . . 2007-2010 Brittany Belford . . . . . . 2007-2010 Meredith Belnap . . . . . . . . . . 2009 Sarah Best . . . . . . . . . . . 2007-2009 Alia Bober . . . . .2005-2006, 2008 Molly Boehner . . . .2009-present Brie Bohm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2003 Kristin Borel . . . . . . . . 1996-1997 Amber Bortz . . . . . . . . 2007-2009 Alexis Boston . . . . . . . . 2003-2006 Kara Boston . . . . . . . . . 2005-2008 Megan Boxberger . . . . 2010-2011 Katie Bremer . . . . . . . . 2009-2011 Lindsey Bricklemyer. 2009-present
Ashley Broockerd . . . . 2006-2007 Katie Brosious . . . . . . . 2006-2009 Karlie Brown . . . . . . . . 2008-2011 Laura Brown . . . . .2010-present Ali Brox. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1998-2001 Andrea Buch . . . . . . . . 1999-2002 Shana Burton . . . . . . . 1996-1999 -CSarah Canfield .1998-2000, 2002 Chelsea Carlin . . . . . . 2000-2001 Brooke Castrop . . . . . . . . 2006-2009 Olivia Catloth. . . . . . 2010-present Karen Chandler . . . . . 1996-1998 Rachel Chapman . . . . . 2004-2005 Danielle Chauncey . . . . . . . . 1998 Caty Clements . . . .2010-present Cassy Cobble . . . . . . . . 2009-2011 Christine Corbett . . . . 2001-2003
Keesha Cravens . . . . . . 1998-2000 Catlin Curtis. . . . . . . . . 2006-2007 -DJelayna Da Silva . . . . . . 2004-2007 Heather Daniels. . . . . . 1996-1998 Rachel Davis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2001 Erin Dean . . . . . . . . . . 1996-1998 Caity Decker . . . . .2010-present Kristin Deckert . . . . . . 2007-2009 Elizabeth Dedon . . . . . . . . . . 2009 Susan Delaney . . . . . . . . . . . . 1999 Hayley Dool . . . . . . . . . 2001-2003 Kristi Dubiel . . . . . . . . 1998-2000 -ELettie Ebbs . . . . . . . . . . 1998-2000 Jennifer Ebel. . . . . . . . . 2003-2006 Birgit Ederer . . . . . . . . 1996-1998 Rebecca Ederer . . . . . . 1996-1997 Vanessa Eickhoff . . . . . 1996-1997 Taylor Eldridge . . . . . . . . . . . 2006 Kerri Emel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2007 Charli Englehorn . . . . 1996-1997 Beth Erickson . . . . . . . 1996-1997 Katy Evans . . . . . . .2010-present -FStaci Farner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1998 Whitney Fasbender. . . 2004-2007 Marie Fessen . . . . . . . . . . 2010-11 Erika Fisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2007 Melissa Fisher . . . . . . . 1999-2000 Kelsie Fiss . . . . . . . .2010-present Brianna Flickinger. . . . 2007-2009 Stacie Frain . . . . . . . . . 1996-2000 Megan Foster . . . . . . . . 2008-2009 Rachel Fox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1999 Brittany Francis . . . . . . 2008-2010 Kelcie Frey . . . . . . . . . . 2010-2011 Emily Fuhs . . . . . . . . . . 2005-2006 -GEileen Gallagher . .2010-present Hilary Gaugh . . . . . . . . . . . . 1999 Hilary Gedman . . . . . . . . . . . 1999 Miki Geary . . . . . . . . . 1996-1997 Julie Geiger . . . . . . . . . 1998-2000 Paige Geiger . . . . . . . . 1996-1997 Stephanie Goetz. . . . . . . . . . . 2009 Trinity Graff . . . . . . . . . 2010-2011
Abby Green . . . . . . . . . 2007-2010 Julia Guard . . . . . . . . . . 2008-2011 Shannon Gribbin. . . . 1998-2001 -HKristy Hainer . . . . . . . . 2002-2005 Amanda Hallenback . . . . . . . 2005 Brittny Harms . . . . . . . 2010-2011 Erin Harrington . . . . . 2000-2003 Amy Hathaway . . . . . . 1996-1998 Katie Hayes . . . . . .2010-present Megan Heacock . . . . . . 2006-2009 Sonja Heath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2005 Erin Hennessey . . . . . . 2002-2005 Melissa Hersh. . . . . . . . 2008-2011 Beth Hickey . . . . . . . . . 2001-2004 Kristen Hines . . . . . . . . 2003-2005 Christina Hixson . . . . . . . . . 2000 Abbie Hodgson . . . . . . . . . . . 2000 Abbi Huderle . . .2006-2007, 2009 Lori Hunter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1999 Laura Hubert . . . . . . . 1998-2000 -ICarly Iverson . . . . .2010-present -JValerie Jackson. . . . . . . 2007-2009 Tiffany Jeffers. . . . . . . . 2004-2007 Ardis Johnson . . . . . . . 2005-2006 Hailee Jones . . . . . . . . . 2006-2008 Jennifer Jones . . . . . . . . . . . . 1999 Rachel Jorgensen . . . . 1996-1997 -KJulie Kassik . . . . . . . . . 1996-1997 LeAnna Kemp . . . . . . . 2003-2005 Sara Kilbride . . . . . . . . 2002-2004 Olivia Kinet . . . . . .2010-present Mary Koboldt . . . . . . . 2000-2001 Audrey Korte . . . . . . . . 2000-2001 Ashlea Kramer . . . . . . . 2002-2005 Kristina Kramer . . . . . 1996-1997 Angie Kratochvil . . . . 1998-2001 Shannon Krider . . . . . 1996-1999 Mary Beth Kurzak . . . 1996-1997 -LBecca Labat . . . . . . . . . 2007-2009 Elise Langtry . . . . . . . . 2008-2011 LynnAnn Laugesen . . . 2004-2007
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Dyana Lawrence nce . . . . . . . . . . 20 2005 055 Lindsey Lawrence 2007-2010 encee . . . . 2007-201 0 0 Kris Lazar . . . . . . . . . . . 2003-2006 Amanda Leland . . . . . 2000-2001 Galina Levin . . . . . . . . 2000-2003 Amanda Lewis . . . . . 2010-present Melissa Liem . . . . . . . . 1996-1997 Kate Linstrom . . . . . . . . . . . . 1998 Maslyn Locke . . . . . . . . 2010-2011 Kristen Lonard . . . . . . . . . . . 1998 Abbey Lozenski . . .2010-present Melanie Luthi. . . . .2008-Present Tara Lynn . . . . . . . . . . . 1998-2000 Luci Lyon . . . . . . . . . . . 2001-2003 -MKaty MacCormack 2010-present Stephanie Mahal . . . . . 2000-2002 Amber Malone. . . . . 2010-present Tiffany Marquart . . . . 1998-2001 Leah Marten. . . . . . . . . 2010-2011 Emily Martin . . . . . . . . 2007-2009 Ashley Masoni . . . . . . 1996-1997 Katie Mathis. . . . . .2010-present Allie McLane . . . . . . . . 2010-2011 Michelle Meyer . . . . . . 1996-1997 Ashlyn Midyett . . .2010-present Lindsey Miles. . . . . . . . 2004-2007 Deborah Miller . . . . . . 1996-1997 Jennifer Miller . . . . . . . 1996-1997 Jessica Miller . . . . .2010-present Kelly Miller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1998 Kelly Miller. . . . . . . . . . 2007-2010 Angela Mings. . . . .2009-present Paige Morris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2010 Heather Muir . . . . . . . 1998-2001 Cara Murray . . . . .2010-present -NSamira Naji. . . . . . . . . . 2004-2007 Christy Newton . . . . . 1999-2002 Caren Nies . . . . . . . . . . 1999-2002 -OEricka Oliver . . . . . . . . 1996-1997 Melissa Oliver . . . . . . . 2006-2007 Beth Olson . . . . . . . . . . 2001-2004 Elizabeth Orzulak . . . . 2008-2009 Meaghan Oven . . . . . . 2008-2011 Samantha Overfield . . . . . . . 2009 Carrie Owens . . . . . . . 1999-2002
-PP Jen Page . . . . . . . . . . . . 1998 1998-2001 2001 Dana Parsons . . . . . . . 1999-2002 Elisheva Patterson . . . . 2005-2008 Rachelle Pauly . . . . . . . 2008-2011 Elizabeth Peacock . . . . 1998-1999 Jennifer Pearson. . . . . . 2003-2004 Sarah Penny . . . . . . . . . 1996-1997 Lexie Peterson . . . . . . . 2006-2009 Risa Petty . . . . . . . . . . . 1998-2000 Paige Phillips . . . . . . . . 2003-2006 Stepahanie Pittaway . . . . . . . 2002 Lauren Pollmiller. . . . . 2008-2011 Amy Price . . . . . . . . . . 1996-1997 Jessica Prince . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2005 -RStacy Rachow . . . . . . . . 2007-2010 Erika Raschke . . . . . . . . . . . . 2008 Crystal Reed. . . . . . . . . 2003-2005 Ellen Remsing . . . . . . . 1998-2000 Kristen Reynolds . . . . . 2001-2003 Monica Reynolds. . . . . . . . . . 2008 Elizabeth Rice . . . . . . . 1996-1997 Hollie Rice . . . . . . . . . . 1996-1997 Caitlin Roach . . . . . . . . 2008-2011 Jennifer Robb . . . . . . . . 2008-2009 Kelsey Roberts . . . . . . 1996-1997 Maggie Romens . . . . . 1996-1997 Abby Rosdahl . . . . . . . 1998-2000 Nikia Rosenberger . . . 1998-2000 Amber Rossman . . . . . 1996-1997 Kellie Roy . . . . . . . . . . . 2008-2011 Lauren Royall. . . . . . . . 2000-2003 -SJessica Sadler. . . . . . . . . . . .2008-2011 Michelle Santangelo . . . . .1999-2002 Erin Sargent . . . . . . . . . . . .2009-2010 Tricia Sawtelle . . . . . . . 2004-2007 Toby Schaid . . . . . . . . . 1996-1997 Elizabeth Scherer .2010-present Gretchen Schmidt . . . . . . . . . 2001 Nicole Schneider . . . . . 2008-2011 Christina Schnose . . . 1999-2000 Julie Schoeneck . . . . . . . . . . . 2007 Kathryn Schoonover. 2009-present
Kelsey Kels Ke lseyy SSimpson imps im pson ps on . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 on 22008 088 Annie Sims . . . . . . . . . . . . 2005 2005-2007 05-2007 Hannah h Singhal. S h l . . . 2010-present Casey Smith . . . . . . . . . . . 2001-2004 Jasmin Smith . . . . . . . . 2000-2003 Marlena Smith . . . . . . 2000-2001 Sarah Smith . . . . . . . . . . . 2003-2004 Amber Snyder . . . . . . . . . 2002-2004 Cassie Sparks . . . . . . . . . . 2008-2011 Kaitlin Squier . . . . . . . . . 2007-2010 Paige Stephens . . . .2009-present Kelsey Stover. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2002 Sara Stuart . . . . . . . . . . 2000-2001 Katie Steeby . . . . . . . . . 1996-1997 Orianna Strom . . . . . . 1996-1997 -TErin Tate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2000 Alane Thomas . . . . . . . 1999-2001 -UEmma Umbarger. .2010-present -VBecky Valburg . . . . . . . 1996-1999 Gillian Van Ruyven . . . 2003-2006 Jen Van Ruyven . . . . . 2000-2003 Cheyenne Verdoorn 2010-present Danett Vyhlidal . . . . . . . 1996-97 -WJennie Walter . . . . . . . . . . 1996-97 Jessica Watson . . . . . . . 2001-2002 Kari Watson . . . . . . . . . . 1996-98 Lora Wedd . . . . . . . . . . 2000-2002 Kourtney Welch. . . . . . . . 2010-2011 Rachel Werner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2008 Abigail Wicinski. . . . . . . . 2010-2011 Kristin Wiebe. . . . . . . . . . 1996-98 Kate Wiens . . . . . . . . . . 2008-2009 Bonnie Wohler. . . . . . . 1999-2002 Jacquelynn Woodley . . . 1998-99 -YCallie Young . . . . . . . . . . 1996-98 * Current rowers are in bold
Inga Schuchard . . . . . . . . . . . 2008 Carrie Selden . . . . . . . . 2006-2009 Sarah Sikes . . . . . . . . . . 2000-2003
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The University of Kansas • Enrollment: 29,462 • International enrollment: Over 1500 students from 110 countries • KU has more than 40 nationally ranked academic programs, 28 of which are ranked among the nation’s top 30 public schools. Two programs rank number one in the nation: special education and city management/urban policy. • KU offers nearly 200 fields of study in 13 schools, from architecture, music and engineering to medicine, social welfare and law. • KU’s popular Four-Year Tuition Compact freezes tuition rates for four years for first-time freshmen. The Jayhawk Generations Scholarship offers a 12 to 20 percent discount on out-ofstate tuition for qualifying children of KU alumni who live outside Kansas. • Counselors from US News’ “best high schools” ranked KU 12th in the nation, based on a survey of academic reputation. • The William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communication won the Intercollegiate Writing Competition, also known as the “College Pulitzers,” for three stragiht years from 2007 to 2009. • The KU Debate team won the national championship in 2009, its fifth national title. • KU’s School of Pharmacy ranks third in the nation for NIH research funding and fifth in nation in exam pass rates. • KU’s Confucius Institute is ranked among top four in nation, top 20 in world. • KU’s law school ranks 10th in nation for hands-on educational opportunities. The University of Kansas was founded in 1865. 60 6 0 |K Kansas ansas Rowing Rowing 2 2011-12 011-12
â€œI llove KU KU. The campus is i gorgeous, especially in the fall and spring. You also feel a great connection to the university when you see other Jayhawks outside of Lawrence because being a Jayhawk is so unique. KU is the only university where you can experience that.â€? - Junior Olivia Catloth Two of the five most powerful women in the world according to Forbes Magazine are KU graduates. 61 1 Kansas K ansas Rowing Rowing 2 2011-12 011-12| 6
THE ROCK CHALK CHANT The Rock Chalk Chant has been the battle cry of KU fans for more than 90 years. This strange, traditional chant, which is among the most famous of all college cheers, was started by E.H.S. Bailey, a professor of chemistry. Bailey wanted a cheer for his Science Club. Returning from a convention in Wichita, Bailey and some associates patterned a yell after the rhythmic cadence of their train rolling along the tracks. On May 21, 1886, Bailey submitted the cheer to his club. Before the University adopted the cheer in 1897, it consisted of “Rah, Rah, Jayhawk, KU” being repeated three times. An English professor soon suggested that “Rock Chalk” be substituted for “Rah, Rah” because it rhymed with Jayhawk. “Rock Chalk” was also symbolic of the chalky limestone formations found on Mount Oread. Teddy Roosevelt once said the Rock Chalk chant was the best he had ever heard. THE FIGHT SONG George “Dumpy” Bowles, a student with the class of 1912, longed to make a great contribution to the KU spirit, but wasn’t athletic enough to do historic deeds on the athletic field. He turned to music and produced some outstanding student musical shows. A song in one of these shows was “I’m a Jayhawk.” Written in 1912, it was dormant until 1920 when a growth in school spirit brought out “I’m a Jayhawk” once more. The song contributed to the raising of funds to build both the KU football stadium and student union as World War I memorials. The 1926 glee club made it known nationally. During homecoming week in 2010, the KU Alumni Association held a public contest to reword portions of the song because of the impending departure of Nebraska and Colorado from the Big 12 Conference. Matt Schoenfield of Countryside, Kan., won the contest. The fight song now mentions all 10 of the current Big 12 schools in its lyrics. CAMPANILE HILL Campanile Hill forms the picturesque backdrop for Memorial Stadium. On a sunny fall Saturday, the “Hill” is transformed into a congregating place for watching Jayhawk football, sunning and barbequing. Potter Lake, just to the southeast of Memorial Stadium and at the bottom of Campanile Hill, adds to the beauty of the Kansas campus. On Commencement Day, KU Grads make the walk down Campanile Hill in a procession line before entering Memorial Stadium pro for graduation ceremonies. WAVING THE WHEAT WA Since the early days of KU sports, it has been a ritual ritu of Jayhawk fans to “wave the wheat” following every Kansas scoring drive. The ritual ritu consists of fans waving their arms in the air, an activity which, when done by a large lar crowd, resembles a breezy Kansas wheat field. THE TH NICKNAME During the Civil War a regiment raised by Kansas Governor Charles Robinson called itself the “Independent Mounted Jayhawks” (later officially the First Kansas cal Calvary and then the Seventh Kansas Regiment). By the end of the Civil War the Ca word wo Jayhawk was associated with the spirit of camaraderie and the courageous fighting qualities that characterized efforts to keep Kansas a free state. g By 1886, the University of Kansas had adopted the mythical bird as part of the KU yell. When the university’s football team first took the field in 1890, it seemed only on natural that they should be called Jayhawkers. Few colleges and universities have hav such a meaningful symbol, one so deeply associated with the struggles of the ha people who founded them. pe pe
The T he C Campanile ampanile w was as b built uilt tto honor all KU students who died in World War II. 62 6 2 |K Kansas ansas Rowing Rowing 2 2011-12 011-12
THE SCHOOL COLORS The University of Kansas colors, crimson and blue, used since the early 1890s, are not the colors originally adopted by the university Board of Regents in the 1860s. The Regents had decided to adopt the Michigan colors, maize and sky blue. Maize and blue were used at early oratorical meets, and they may have been used when Kansas competed in rowing in the middle 1880s. However, when football came upon the scene in 1890, the student backers wanted to use Harvard crimson as th the athletic color in honor of Col. John J. McCook, man who had given money to KU for a Harvard Ha an aathletic field. The field ran east and west in the proximity of where the north bowl of Memorial prox S t a d i u m currently sitss curr on the Kansass campus. Untill cam that time, Kansass football games foot were wer played at Central Park on Cen Massachusetts Ma Street in Stre downtown Lawrence. Law Some Som Yale men The rooters rallied forth were on the faculty, and they demanded the Yale blue be included. The to allow crimson and blue on their team. No one fought to retain the original colors, and the vivid deeper tone crimson and blue became generally used. Finally, in May 1896, the KU Athletic Board adopted crimson and blue as the official team colors for the university.
THE ALMA MATER In 1891, professor George Barlow Penny searched for a school song for the Glee and Mandolin Club to sing on its tour through Kansas to Denver and back. No one responded with an original song in answer to his appeals. Just before departure, he thought of the Cornell song “Far Above Cayuga’s Waters.” Hastily changing a few words, he gave it to the glee club men to sing on the trip. He did not expect the song to be used after their return, but “Crimson and the Blue” still goes on. The music is not Cornell’s but an old English folk tune, “Annie Lisle.”
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About Lawrence • • • • •
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Population: 81,604 Annual Average High Temperature: 67 degrees Annual Average Low Temperature: 45 degrees Conveniently located on I-70, 35 miles west of Kansas City and 25 miles east of Topeka (state capital). Kansas Highway 10 connects Lawrence to the south Kansas City metroplex. Lawrence was founded in 1854 by the New England Emigrant Aid Society in an effort to keep the territory free from slavery. It is said to be one of the few cities in the United States founded strictly for political reasons. The American Institute for Economic Research ranked Lawrence as the ninth best college town in the United States for 2010. “Psychology Today” calls Lawrence one of the 25 least-stressful cities in which to live. “The Sporting News” recently selected Lawrence as a Top 50 sports towns in North America. In 2004, Forbes Magazine ranked Lawrence as the sixth-best smaller metro area to start a career or business. Boasts the most vibrant downtown shopping district in Kansas. Many have called Massachusetts Street one of the most beautiful main streets in America. Lawrence festivals provide a wealth of musical offerings. Music is a staple in the community. The sounds of local talent can be heard echoing through the city’s streets both day and night. The League of American Cyclists ranked Lawrence as one of the country’s most bike-friendly towns in 2005. “Golf Digest” consistently lists Lawrence’s Alvamar golf course among the 100 best public golf courses in the nation. Clinton Lake was ranked among the top 50 lakes in the country by Boating World magazine in July 2000. Massachusetts Street has been named one of the top-10 streets in America for 2010.
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Located just 35 miles east of Lawrence, Kansas City offers a wide variety of things to do, from attending professional sporting events to spending a day at a world-class amusement park. The Truman Sports Complex is home to the National Football League and Major League Baseball with the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals playing in side-by-side Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadiums. The Kansas City Power & Light District is a vibrant, new eight-block neighborhood in the heart of downtown Kansas City with a combination of entertainment, retail and nightlife. The many tastes, flavors and entertainment options of the District makes each visit an exciting experience. In Kansas City, Kan., just off I-70 sits the brand new LIVESTRONG Sporting park, home of Major League Soccer’s Sporting KC, and the Kansas Speedway, which hosts two events of NASCAR’s premier series, the NEXTEL Cup, each year as well as an IndyCar Series race. No trip to Kansas City is complete without a visit to the Plaza. This 14-square block shopping and entertainment district boasts romantic Spanish architecture, European art and dazzling fountains. Designed in 1922, the Plaza features boutiques and fashionable national stores as well as distinctive restaurants, outdoor cafés and nightlife hotspots.
Thee S Sprint print C Center enter iiss tthe he ssixth-busiest ixth-busiest aarena rena iin n tthe he w world, hosting hundreds of concerts and sporting 66 6 6 |K Kansas ansas Rowing Rowing 2 2011-12 011-12