AT UCONN: Is in her fourth year as a member of the team, and is team tri-captain ... stroked the varsity eight in the fall of 2009. 2008-09: Competed in the varsity eight; finished the season in seven seat of the varsity eight. 2007-08: Rowed three seat of the varsity eight. 2006-07: Rowed four seat of the novice eight that earned bronze medals at both the BIG EAST and Dad Vail Regatta championships.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Manchester High School ... played volleyball and has danced competitively ... National Honor Society member and National Merit Commended Student in 2004.
PERSONAL: Kathryn Rauscher ... molecular cell biology major ... born on September 25, 1988.
PLANS AFTER GRADUATION: "After graduation, I will be taking a course to finish up credit requirements in the May term, and then I will be pursuing research positions for hospitals and private companies."
RAUSCHER ON ROWING AT UCONN: "We all ask ourselves if it's worth it: being on this team; waking up before the sun; tearing our hands apart; the soreness, the exhaustion, the frustration. It's not as though we all expect to go on and make rowing our careers, so why dedicate so much of these four years of our lives, that are meant to set the foundation upon which to build our professional futures, to rowing?
"For me, the answer to that question can't really be explained in words, my teammates will understand this. For me, it's the feeling I get sitting at the catch waiting to start. It's sitting on an erg in a row of 30, looking down the line at the rowers who are suffering with me and the comfort I have in knowing I'm not alone.
"Whether or not we're friends, whether or not I hang out with them on the weekends, there is a level of respect I have and will always have for everyone who makes it through at least a novice year on this team. It's not easy to train yourself to have the dedication it takes to survive our seasons.
"I've been on plenty of teams in my day but never before rowing did I have to take tests to prove my worth. Training myself to push my body farther than ever before is something I had never had to do prior to joining this team, and having had to do just that so many times throughout my time with UConn rowing has taught me how strong I can be.
"My eyes may have bags that will never fade from countless early mornings, my hands may be forever scarred and rough ... but I have confidence that I never would have found, had it not been for UConn rowing and my teammates. I tell them all the time, but I do this for my team and I will never forget them. Once a teammate, always a teammate."