Kaitlin Knifton has committed to University of Texas - Austin


Coach Info
Name Phone Email Team Name City State
Club Falesha Thrash Texas Rowing Center Juniors Austin TX
Primary Position Starboard
Secondary Positions Prt, Scl
distance erg
500m 2km 5km 6km 10km HMAR MAR
Best Time (mm:ss.s) - 7:09.2 - 23:37.0 42:18.0 - -
Physical Attributes
Bench Press (max) Wingspan Years rowing
110 71 1
Rowing Honors

7th place Head of the Charles varsity 4+
5th place Head of the Hooch varsity 4+
8th place Head of the Hooch varsity 1x
3rd place Club Nationals U17 single
Royal Canadian Henley U17 single finalist
Royal Canadian Henley U17 quad finalist
Royal Canadian Henley U17 double finalist
2nd place Head of the Hooch novice single
3rd place Head of the Hooch novice eight
2nd place Regionals novice double
1st place Regionals novice quad
1st place Regionals novice four
1st place Head of the Brazos quad
1st place Head of the Brazos four
1st place Heart of Texas novice single
1st place Heart of Texas novice quad
1st place Heart of Texas novice four
1st place Heart of Texas novice eight
2nd place Texas State Championships novice double
1st place Texas State Championships novice quad
1st place Texas State Championships novice four

Rowing Additional

Winner of four championships (eight medals total) in the State Games of Texas swimming meet. Competed twice in the swimming State Games of America representing Texas.
Highest 1 minute WATTS: 417


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High School
McCallum High School
School City
School State
Guidance Counselor
Mindy Croom
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Class Size
School Size
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Major Category
Business Mgmt and Admin. Services
Business Administration/Management
Major Category
Health Professions and Related Sciences
Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
Major Category
Counseling Psychology
Other Academic Information
10th grade PSAT score: 1380/1600 11th grade PSAT score: 1450/1600
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Personal Highlights
Additional Questions:
Why do you want to be recruited to play sports in college?

To me, rowing is the best way for me to unwind at the end of a hard school day, and leave all of my problems with school, friends, and family behind for a few hours. The team environment is always so supportive and uplifting, and I know that through the struggles and successes of the team, these are the friends I will have for the rest of my life. Throughout college, I see rowing as a way for me to let out the stress of my schoolwork, and form a group of teammates that will be there to support me through my college years. My time rowing in high school has been so valuable to me, and I have learned so much about pushing myself to my physical and mental limits and learning to manage my time. I would be so grateful for the opportunity to continue building these skills in college and gaining new skills that I can use in the rest of my life.

Athletes are often leaders on and off the field. Please provide one example of how you have demonstrated leadership in both areas.

By serving as my Novice Girl's Rowing team captain last year, I demonstrated my leadership ability on my team. My goal as a captain was not just to improve the team athletically, but to make the rowing environment as supportive and cohesive as possible. Although it was very rewarding as a leader to see your team succeed in races, it was equally rewarding to see the team supporting each other like a family, and being able to count on each other even when practices were tough and giving up would have been easy. Outside of the rowing environment, I also serve as an officer on my school's drill team. I use this opportunity to be a mentor to the younger girls, not only in dance, but in their high school lives. I try to be sure that they can aways come to me with problems about the team, or concerns they have about high school, and provide my experience as an older high schooler.

Please explain how you pursue "healthy athletic performance" as a student-athlete.

As an active student and rower, my most useful skill in high school has been time management. I value my sleep to help fuel my busy days, and use any time I have to do homework so that I can get an early night's sleep. This year in rowing my goal is to build my mental strength, as well as physical strength. As a very serious athlete who will go to great lengths to achieve success, I have to actively practice self-appreciation, even through defeat. While I can easily get into the mindset of having to be "the best" and "the fastest", I have to remember that sometimes the most valuable teammate is not always the fastest. Instead of only focusing on my own results, this year I plan to focus equally on the progress of the team as a whole, and work to help improve and support each individual link to make the whole stronger.

Please describe how you are involved in service in your community and why these efforts are important to you.

I am currently a member of my school's Key Club, which gives me the opportunity to participate in a variety of service opportunities ranging from those in my school to those in my community. I am also in NHS, which gives me more opportunities to volunteer around campus. My favorite volunteering position outside of school is at Camp Kayak, a camp for disabled kids at my rowing club. To me this experience at Camp Kayak has been very valuable by giving me the chance to step into someone else's shoes for a week, and learn how they are able to overcome adversities and obstacles, despite their disabilities. The appreciation these young people have for even the smallest details, and the perseverance they have even through activities outside of their comfort zone is very inspiring to me. As much as I teach the kids about the sport of rowing and paddling that I love so much, I learn equally from them and take the skills I learn from each session into my own life.

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