2013-14 - Racing: Started the spring in the 1N8...defeated San Diego and Tulsa at the Longhorn Invitational...defeated KU at the Sunflower Showdown...earned a bronze medal in the 2N8 at SIRAs...Silver in the 1N8 at C-USA Championship...Academic: Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll both semesters...C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll...C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal...Big 12 Academic All-Rookie Team.
High School - Four-year letterman in track and field as a distance runner...girls 6A State Champions in track and field in 2011 and 2012...state runner-ups in 2013...helped team to four 6A Regional Championships... four-time Sunflower League Champion (2009-13)...All-Sunflower League First Team member in 4x400m relay in 2011 and 2012...2013 Female Senior Track Booster Scholarship recipient...also competed in basketball and cross country...graduated in 90th-percentile of class...Presidential Service Award recipient...National Honors Society member...honor roll accolades...pep band member...volunteered at the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City among other various forms of volunteer/community service work.
Personal - Daughter of Daniel and Gina Raetzel...has one sister, Joanna...aspires to become a private practice veterinarian...studying veterinary medicine.
Athlete Q&A Why did you choose K-State? I chose K-State for many reasons, one being that I had signed with K-State athletics. However the main reason I am here is because of the vet school. Since I applied to and was accepted into the early admissions vet school program, I could not go anywhere else nor would I want to. Finally it is close enough to home so I can go home on the weekends, but far enough away for me to feel independent.
How is rowing different than other sports you've been involved in? Rowing is very different than any sport I have ever done for many, many reasons. One, I had a very wrong assumption about rowing (I thought it was an all arms sport). Also being on the water is kind of weird for me, I am more a land sports kind of person. Finally I would have to say this sport is what I would call a true team sport. If one person does not do what they are supposed to or loses focus during a race, they let the whole team down. In other "team" sports if someone is not playing up to the standards then the coach can replace them, we do not have that luxury in a race.
What was it like to be recruited to the team? It was really fun to be recruited. I had a wonderful girl on the team be my host. She really made me feel welcome and helped me feel like I could successfully be a part of this team. Also it made me feel very official and special when I got to sign with all the other college athletes from my high school at our signing ceremony.