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Row for the Gold

Clayton resident Kara Kohler conquers Cal Crew.


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Courtesy of Kara Kohler

Kara Kohler had an outstanding freshman year of college. The Clayton native spent her first two semesters at UC Berkeley, moving up the ranks of the school’s women’s crew team. Not bad, especially considering that it was Kohler’s first time rowing competitively.

“I had never rowed before I got to college,” says the six-foot-two-inch 19-year-old freshman. “I had planned to swim in college, and a family friend said, ‘You’re so tall, you’d be great in crew.’ ”

So far, so good. Kohler made the varsity squad, was named Newcomer of the Year in the PAC-10, helped her boat win the PAC-10 championship, and was chosen for the under-23 U.S. Women’s team headed to the World Championship in Brest, Belarus, July 22–25. And all this before she has declared a major.

“I plan to stick with crew and, hopefully, train for the Olympics in 2012,” she says.

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