The K-State Wildcats rowed their way to a pair of gold medals and one bronze at the 2013 SIRA Championships.
2013-14: Racing: Started the spring in the 1V4...earned a gold medal at SIRAS...moved to the 2V4 for the remainder of the season...Big 12 Champion...bronze medal at C-USA Championship...Athletic: Earned 2nd varsity letter...Academic: Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll both semesters...C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll...Academic All-Big 12 First Team.
2012-13: Racing: Raced in the 2V8 at the Longhorn Invitational that defeated Tulsa and 1V4 that beat SMU... finished the season in the 1V4... defeated KU at the Sunflower Showdown... won the petite final at the San Diego Crew Classic... won the gold medal at SIRAs... earned the bronze medal at the C-USA Championship... Athletic: earned 1st varsity letter...Academic: Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll both semesters... C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll... Academic All-Big 12 Second Team... CRCA Scholar Athlete.
2011-12: Racing: Debuted in the spring in the 1N8 at the OU Invitational... aided the Wildcats in their sweep of KU by defeating them in the 1N8... earned a bronze medal at SIRAs... finished the season with a 4th place finish at the C-USA Championship...Academic: Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll both semesters... C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll... C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal. High School - Letterd four yeasr in softball helping St. Teresa's to district runner-up as a senior... holds school records for strikeouts and wins by a pitcher ... lettered three years in basketball also finishing runner-up in district as a senior... member Student Athlete Association, president of Science Club.
Personal - Born July 10, 1993... daughter of John and Dee Franken... has one sister Gina and two brothers Jack and Mike.
Athlete Q&A How is rowing different than other sports you've been involved in? Rowing is extremely different than any other sport I've been involved in. I think it's so different because it's so foreign to Midwesterners. My non-rowing friends really don't understand how much of a time commitment or challenge rowing actually is. Most of them just think we go paddle around the lake in the morning in weird-shaped boat. Until you have been a part of a rowing team, you can't truly understand what it is like to be a rower.
What is your favorite memory from this past season? My favorite memory from this past season was on Friday, January 31st at roughly 8:30AM when Sweeney told me "good" after a 4x1000m erg workout.
What was it like to walk on to the team? I was very hesitant walking onto the rowing team. I knew nothing about rowing. I, like most rowing neophytes, thought it was all arms. It was reassuring to find out that all the other freshmen knew nothing about rowing as well and we were all in the same boat, literally. The coaches did an excellent job of weaning you into the sport. You are taught everything you need to know, you just have to have the work-ethic.