April 25, 2012
Lauren Kanaski is a fourth-year member of the women’s rowing team. In her senior year, she was named captain. The exercise science major from Oley, Pa. never rowed before coming to Delaware and is now a member of the Varsity Eights crew. She is also team's Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) representative and served as coordinator of the 2011 Pigskin Pass, a relay run between student-athletes from Delaware and Towson that raises money for Special Olympics. She will attend Jefferson College for a Masters in Occupation Therapy after she graduates.
1. What are your boat's goals this season?
We hope to place in the Colonial Athletic Association Championships and make it to finals at the Dad Vail Regatta.
2. What do you hope to see your team accomplish in 2012?
I would love to see every boat place at CAA's as well as to be a strong competitor at every race. It's also really exciting to see the novice be successful in their races because they are the foundation of the program.
3. What are you taking away from the fall season and bringing to this season?
I personally, as well as the rest of my boat, am transferring our dynamic of working with each other from the fall into the spring. We have a great attitude about rowing and come to practice everyday to get faster. The positive attitude and how well we mesh brings a ton of speed to the boat.
4. What made you want to study at Delaware?
The University of Delaware has a beautiful campus. The atmosphere and how friendly everyone was definitely sold me. It is also a good distance (about two hours) from home.
5. What is your major, and why did you choose it?
Originally, I was a biology major because I knew I was interested in the sciences. I later narrowed it down to exercise science. I love working with people and this field offers tons of opportunities for this.
6. What sport would you play if you did not row?
If I wasn't a rower, I would probably have ran track or cross country since I did that in high school, but if I could play anything it would be soccer (although I'm probably not very good at it!).
7. You had never rowed before coming to Delaware. How did you get started here and why did you decide to pick up the sport?
I've been an athlete ever since I can remember and I ran track and cross country in high school. I love being a part of a team, and when I received a letter recruiting incoming freshman for rowing, I figured I'd try it. I went to the interest meeting and have been hooked ever since.
8. What has been your favorite class here?
My favorite class was Intro to Athletic Training. It was interesting and fun to do the hands on part when we learned how to do the tapings and tests to check for injuries.
9. What are your plans after college?
Next fall I will be attending Thomas Jefferson College of Health Professions for a Masters in Occupation Therapy.
10. What has been your most memorable experience been at the university?
This was very recent, but it will definitely be something I never forget. We just recently had our senior day at the Murphy Cup Regatta and having us all together, acting crazy like we always do, was so much fun. We have all gotten so close over the past four years, being on the team and the memories we've made will always be with me.
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