Former Zag Kara Soucek Selected To U.S. National Team
Aug. 30, 2017

PRINCETON, N.J. – Former Gonzaga First Team All-American rower and two-time West Coast Conference Rower of the Year Kara Soucek was recently selected as a spare for the United States National Team that will compete at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Fla, September 24-October 1.

She joins 19 Olympians or Paralympians and a total of 60 athletes who have competed at a past world championship as one of the 18 new selections to the U.S. National Team.

Soucek will serve primarily as the spare for the sculling boats and has the most experience with the quadruple scull team.  She only began rowing in a scull boat one year ago.

“I performed well all spring and was the choice for alternate because of my past performances, and that gave me a little more pride in what I have been able to do,” Soucek said. “I think I was able to accomplish so much so quickly because of my time rowing at Gonzaga and the support I’ve gotten along the way. I have had some pretty extraordinary coaching while in school and while in Saratoga. All my coaches and teammates have really driven me in this direction.”

Soucek is the first Gonzaga rower to make a senior national rowing team since Monica Tranel, who graduated in 1988, rowed in the 2000 Olympics. She is the first rower to make a senior national team in any sport since Kristine Holzer competed in speed skating in the 2006 Winter Olympics.

She competed in three regattas this spring where the national team picked people from. They were the Speed Order One, Speed Order Two, and the Senior World Championship Trials. She finished second in the Speed Order Two and earned an invitation to the selection camp where she was eventually chosen.

The United States will have 25 crews competing in championships. The events include the men’s and women’s single sculls, lightweight men’s and women’s single sculls, men’s and women’s double sculls, lightweight men’s and women’s double sculls, men’s and women’s pair, lightweight men’s pair, men’s and women’s four, lightweight men’s four, men’s and women’s quadruple sculls, lightweight men’s and women’s quadruple sculls, men’s and women’s eight, PR1 men’s and women’s single sculls, PR2 and PR3 mixed double sculls and the PR3 mixed four with coxswain.

Competition for the 2017 World Rowing Championships will take place September 24 through October 1 in Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla. This will be the first international rowing competition held in the United States in over 20 years. Additionally, this year will be the first World Championship in the new quadrennium, as U.S. crews build towards the 2020 Olympic Games.

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