By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(November 25, 2013) – Loudoun County High School senior Kat Kushner has committed to row next year at the University of San Diego starting in the 2014-2015 academic year.
“It’s great to have the decision made so I don’t have to be stressed over the coming months about where I will be going to school,” the 5-foot-4 Kushner said. “It’s great to know I will be attending my first choice for university.”
Located less than five miles east of the Pacific Ocean, Kushner says the school’s setting is one of the reasons she decided on the private Catholic school.
“It’s obviously a perfect location for crew and other outdoor activities, such as scuba diving, hiking, and kayaking, and I fell in love with the city,” said the Leesburg-native. “It’s also a great academic school that offers environmental and marine science programs, which is what I want to study.”
The Division I Torero’s placed first and second in women’s 8 in the San Diego Fall Classic in mid-November. San Diego also won the women’s freshmen 8 in the Classic.
“I visited San Diego in August and met with the coaches. They really sold me on the school and the program,” Kushner said. “The head coach and assistant coach I met were so nice and enthusiastic about having me join the program. I’m a hard worker and a good teammate and to be successful in rowing requires teamwork and cooperation.”
As rowing is not a popular sport in the mid-Atlantic, Kushner has to find time throughout the rights season to practice while training indoors during the offseason.
“Our weather makes the crew season shorter so we have to work harder on conditioning and weight lifting to make the best of the time we have on the water,” Kushner said.
A four-year member of the Raiders’ varsity basketball team, Kushner used rowing to stay in shape while not in basketball season. Kushner says the commitment to teammates is what keeps her coming back.
“I started rowing because I love being outdoors and on the water so I thought it was the perfect sport for me,” Kushner says. “One of the main attractions to crew is the commitment required to your teammates for the entire race. You can’t stop or take a break in the middle of the race or you’ll let your teammates down.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete.