Athletics


Coach Info
Name Phone Email Team Name City State
Club Lauren Simpson Chattanooga Junior Rowing Chattanooga TN
Position
Primary Position Scull
Secondary Positions Prt, Str
distance erg
500m 2km 5km 6km 10km HMAR MAR
Best Time (mm:ss.s) 1:48.1 8:05.0 - 25:32.4 - 1:43:50.6 -
timed erg
4min 20min 30min 60min
Best Distance (meters) - - - 13,444
Physical Attributes
Bench Press (max) Wingspan Years rowing
115 - 3
Rowing Additional

I have raced every type of boat at least once, and I can row both port and starboard.

Academics


GPA
SAT Reading
SAT Writing
SAT Math
SAT Score (Composite)
ACT Score (Composite)
High School
Girls Prep School
School City
Chattanooga
School State
TN
Guidance Counselor
-
Guidance Counselor Phone
Guidance Counselor Email
Class Size
77
School Size
609
TOEFL Score
Class Rank
-
School Division
-
Major Category
Health Professions and Related Sciences
Major
Nursing-Registered Nurse Training (RN/ASN/BSN/MSN)
Major Category
Health Professions and Related Sciences
Major
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Major Category
Health Professions and Related Sciences
Major
Nursing Science
Other Academic Information
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Personal


First Name
Mary Sue
Last Name
Cooper
Address
City
State
Zip
Country
Email
Phone
Athlete's Mother
Athlete's Father
Gender
F
Height
5'9"
Weight
180
Birthdate
NCAA Clearinghouse ID
Personal Highlights

National Beta Club member, Amnesty International member, and Mayor's Youth Council of Chattanooga member

Additional Questions:
Why do you want to be recruited to play sports in college?

I want to be recruited to row in college because I want to challenge myself in both my academics and athletics. I work hard to maintain a healthy balance between the two, and devote the majority of my time to both as well as spending quality time with my friends and family and taking part in other clubs at school, such as our school's chapter of Amnesty International and French Honors Society. I would love the opportunity to be recruited to row in college so that I can grow to be a well-rounded person. Not only would being a student-athlete in college keep me in shape, but it would also allow me to learn time management skills.

Athletes are often leaders on and off the field. Please provide one example of how you have demonstrated leadership in both areas.
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Please explain how you pursue "healthy athletic performance" as a student-athlete.

During my first year as a varsity, I switched from our city's rowing club to my school's team because my school did not allow eighth-graders to participate in the sport. When I began rowing with my new team, I struggled to find confidence and motivation because the rankings on our team were heavily influenced by our weight. As a freshman in high school who had previously struggled with body image, this became a significant source of stress and self-hatred in my life. After a couple of months of rowing with this team, I began to throw up the food I ate with absolutely no control. This would occur at practice, school, restaurants, and many other places. For a while, the doctors did not know what was wrong with me, and I was losing weight at an unhealthy rate. In December of 2016, I was diagnosed with gastroparesis, a disease that prevents the stomach from digesting food. Because of this disease, I was on a feeding tube for two months and missed a lot of school. Gastroparesis kept me from rowing for around four months, and I was completely devastated to not be able to do the thing I loved the most. Eventually, my gastroparesis went away but developed into visceral hyperalgesia and rumination syndrome. Because I no longer had gastroparesis, I knew that I would be able to row again. I thought that I would be going back to my school team, and became scared to put weight back on due to the pressure I had put on myself to do well. I didn't know how else to keep the weight off and developed bulimia. After months of therapy and nutrition coaching, I overcame this eating disorder. I ended up going back to the team I had started with because I felt as if I could better reach my potential with their style of coaching, and they also helped me beat my bulimia. My coaches have encouraged us to work hard while maintaining a healthy lifestyle in which we are encouraged to take care of our physical and mental health. I still struggle with rumination syndrome and visceral hyperalgesia, but I am working very hard to get both under control by going to therapy, participating in yoga, and doing breathing exercises to prevent stomach pain and vomiting. Healthy athletic performance is incredibly important to me, and over the past few months my confidence, eating habits, strength, and determination have improved because of the emphasis that I have put upon using healthy methods to attain a more realistic body type.

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

Over the summer of 2017, I volunteered with the Erlanger Volunteen Program at the Erlanger Baroness campus in Chattanooga, TN. I volunteered in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and I learned and gained so much from this opportunity. I volunteered on Tuesdays and Thursdays in June and July. I was able to recognize the great value of life and the importance of unconditional love.

I have also recently joined the Chattanooga Mayor's Youth Council. We are working to increase local voter participation by hosting events and sharing voting information. We are also working to improve gun control in our area.

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