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 stroking 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...C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal...Academic All-Big 12 First Team...CRCA National Scholar Athlete...received Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award.
2012-13 - Racing: Stroked the 1V4 throughout the spring... beat SMU at the Longhorn Invitational... 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 Academic Honor Roll... Academic All-Big 12 First Team... CRCA Scholar Athlete. 2011-12 - Racing: Debuted in the 1N8 at the Head of the Des Moines with a gold medal finish... earned a gold medal in the N8 at the Head of the Oklahoma... rowed in the 1N8 throughout the spring... 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... Academic All-Big 12 first team. High School - Graduated from Lansing High School... competitive swimmer... member of the National Honor Society, Kayettes community service organization... Keystone community service organization.
Personal - Born January 20, 1992... daughter of David and Bertie Smisek... majoring in business.
Athlete Q&A What does K-State Rowing mean to you? K-State rowing has impacted my college life in a tremendous way. I have a team that I can always count on and I've learned countless lessons that will benefit me in my career path after college. Being a student athlete at K-State on the rowing team is an amazing opportunity that I will always be grateful to be part of.
What was it like to walk on to the team? As a walk-on to the team, I received an informational flyer about the women's rowing team. I met our recruiting coach during my K-State orientation the summer before I started college and decided to join. I was nervous to start a sport that I knew nothing about. However, even as a walk on, I was held to the same high expectations and I always felt like I was part of the team.
What is your favorite memory from this past season? My favorite memory from this past season was the team placing second at the Big 12 Championships and the boat I raced in winning gold. It was a great improvement from the previous season and it showed us that our hard work really does pay off.