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Kara Kohler
Player Profile:
Kara Kohler 1250374
Height: 6'2"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Clayton, Calif.
High School: Clayton Valley HS
International: 2012: A 2012 U.S. Olympic hopeful in the women's eight. 2011: Named one of the 2011 USRowing Fan's Choice Awards Collegiate Rowers of the Year ... captured gold with the women's four at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, and also a world champion in the 4- ... won the Princess Grace Challenge Cup at the 2011 Henley Royal Regatta. 2010: won the gold with Mary Jeghers in the eight at the 2010 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Brest, Belarus.

California: 2012: Redshirted and took a year off from school in order to train with the U.S. National Team for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. 2011 (Sophomore): First-team CRCA All-American and All-West Region honoree ... All-Pac-10 selection ... rowed on Cal's varsity 8+ boat that placed fourth at the NCAA Championships, won at the Pac-10 Championships and in the dual meets against Stanford and Washington. 2010 (Freshman): Selected as Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year...rowed on the varsity 8+ that came in fourth at the NCAA Championships...took first in the varsity 8+ at the Pac-10 Championships, clinching the team title for Cal...second-team CRCA All-American and CRCA Division I All-West Region first team.

Personal: Undeclared major...decided to row at Cal after planning for a long time to swim during her collegiate career...competed in a tri-athlon and a half marathon last summer...was named the Clayton Valley High School MVP in 2008 and 2009, and was nominated for Athlete of Year in 2009...named a North Coast Section Scholar Athlete...parents are Mike and Caryl Kohler...her cousin, Matt Relei, plays football at BYU and her uncle, Kenny Ericsson, swam at New Mexico...has three older sisters...born on Jan. 20, 1991, in Walnut Creek, Calif.

The best thing about being on Cal crew is: The team culture. From the people, to practice time, to racing, we definitely have our own unique style.

The best part of the university is: The sights and sounds. With so much to do and see, there is never a dull moment.

I chose Cal because: I wanted to be close to home. I grew up in the Bay Area where there is so much respect and pride for the school and the students. To attend Cal had always been somewhat of a distant dream, so when I was given the opportunity to attend, it was a fairly easy decision.

What sets Cal apart?: Cal gives you the ability to define your own success.

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