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 2V4...defeated Tulsa at the Longhorn Invitational...earned a gold medal at SIRAs...finished the season in the 3V4...Academic: Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll spring semester...C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll...Academic All-Big 12 First Team.
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 2V8... earned a gold medal at SIRAs... Athletic: Earned 1st varsity letter...Academic: Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll both semesters... C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll... Academic All-Big 12 First Team... CRCA Scholar Athlete. High School - Lettered two years in basketball earning first team all-conference both years... lettered one year in volleyball... also played soccer... named Academic All-State... member honor roll, FCA, DECA, newspaper and yearbook staff.
Personal - Born on April 11, 1993...daughter of Brian and Courtney Schmeidler... has four siblings: Sidney, Audra, Leo and Will.
Athlete Q&A What does K-State Rowing mean to you? More than anything, K-State Rowing means friendship to me. Through workouts, studying, training table, traveling, treatments, and much more I spend more time with my teammates than with my own family. This makes them my surrogate family. From rowing I have met my absolute best friend and many others that I know I will continue to keep up with long after my athletic experience is over. They say that traumatic situations bring friends closer; I say that erging 12k's is the best way to get closer to your friends. You never really know someone until you see them hunched over an erg, covered in sweat, panting, legs shaking and saying, "Thank God that's over. Let's go to Sonic Happy Hour!"
How is rowing different than other sports you've been involved in? Rowing is different than any other sport I have competed in because of the teamwork that it takes to be able to succeed. In other sports, one person can really make the difference for their team, but in rowing there is no one person who is going to get a boat to the finish line faster; it takes 8 bodies, moving together with the same speed, timing, body angles, blade work, and goal in mind to get a boat across the finish line. Every stroke from every single person is what determines if a boat will be fast or slow, and depending on the wind, rain, injuries all of that can change rapidly. Rowing is also different than any other sport because of the amount of self-discipline that is involved. Rowing to the finish line is absolutely painful, and at any time you can quit if you want. However, knowing that there are 7 other girls counting on you keeps you motivated to the finish, even knowing all of the pain you are about to be put through.
What has rowing taught you about yourself? Rowing has instilled in me that I can do much more than I think I am capable of. Your body will give up much before your brain will, and we test that theory often on this team. Rowing has taught me that I am strong and capable even in situations that don't involve the team. Because of the confidence I gain from persevering on the team, I am able to face situations where I am out of my comfort zone in the classroom or in other settings with poise.