2013-14 - Racing: Part of the 1V8 that earned a silver medal at the Jayhawk Jamboree in the fall...Raced in the 3 seat of the 1V8 throughout the spring...defeated Oklahoma at the Longhorn Invitational...defeated KU at the Sunflower Showdown...6th place in Cal Cup Grand Final at San Diego Crew Classic...Gold medal at SIRAs...Silver at Big 12 Championship...Bronze at C-USA Championship...Athletic: Part of the 1V8 that was voted C-USA Boat of the Week once and Big 12 Boat of the week twice...Earned 2nd varsity letter...Academic: Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll spring semester.
2012-13 - Racing: Debuted in the fall at the Head of the Oklahoma, winning gold in the 1N8... raced in the 1N8 that beat Minnesota and KU at the OU Invitational... beat KU at the Sunflower Showdown... undefeated in the Longhorn Invitational, beating Oklahoma, Iowa, San Diego, and Central Florida... took 5th at the San Diego Crew Classic... finished the season in the 1V8... earned a bronze medal at SIRAs... raced to the Grand Final at the C-USA Championship... Athletic: Earned 1st varsity letter...Academic: Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll spring semester. High School - Participated in swimming competing in the butterfly and back stroke... lettered two years in cheerleading, team received bid to compete at nationals... member National Honor Society, chamber choir and acappella choir, German Club, FCA and Prom Committee... volunteers at a camp for abused and neglected children during the summer.
Personal - Born on October 2, 1992...daughter of Chris and Jeanette Houser... has two brothers Justin and Devin... brother Justin plays basketball at South Carolina Upstate.
Athlete Q&A How is rowing different than other sports you've been involved in? Rowing is by far harder than any other sports that I have done previously. Rowing requires a much tougher person, both in mind and body. With every race, boundaries are being pushed. It is much like swimming, race wise, but being in a boat with other women changes things. You want to do your best because you know that they want to do the best as well. You want to push yourself, because you know they are pushing.
What is your favorite memory from this past season? I would have to say that my favorite memory from this past season happened at winter training camp. During our last practice, our coxswain, Hillary, played music while we were rowing. It was cool because it was close to the first time that our boat actually synced.
What keeps you coming back to the team each year? I keep coming back to the team each year because of the girls on the team. Some of my closest friends are on the team. There is a connection that has been built, and it just gets stronger each year. There is something to be said for "dying" together that makes the friendships closer.