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    Rachel Whitaker     
     
      Rachel Whitaker
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Vonore, Tenn.

High School:
Homeschooled

Birthdate:
11/04/1992

Experience:
Varsity

Major:
Mechanical Engineering

RachelWhitaker

2014-15 - Senior
  • Part of shell that placed 9th in Women's Open 8+ at Head of the Hooch race with a time of 16 minutes and 54.7 seconds.
  • Earned Bronze in Secret City Head Race by clocking in at 23 minutes and 23.4 seconds during the Women's Singles.
  • At the Chattanooga Head Race, placed 4th in Women's Championship 1X with a time of 22 minutes and 47.7 seconds, part of shell that placed 10th in Women's College 4+ with a time of 19 minutes and 31.2 seconds

2013-14 - Junior
  • 2014 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • Named to the 2013-14 C-USA Honor Roll, an honor awarded to student-athlete's maintaining a 3.0 GPA or better
  • Rowed in the Second Varsity 8+ during the 2014 C-USA Championships held on Melton Hill Lake, during grand finals secured a gold medal finish with a time of 6 minutes and 40.90 seconds
  • Placed 6th (7:43.9), 6th (7:15.3) and 3rd (7:51.4) rowing in the Second Varsity 8+ on Lake Hartwell at the Clemson Invitational
  • Part of the Second Varsity 8+ that placed second against Iowa (6:55.4)
  • Rowed in the Second Varsity 8+ against UCF, placing first with a time of 6 minutes and 38.5 seconds
  • At the Head of the Hooch, a rower in Tennessee's 'B' shell to the third place finish with a time of 17 minutes and 54.9 seconds
  • Part of the Championship 8+ shell that placed fourth at the Head of the Hooch with a time of 16 minutes and 28.4 seconds
  • Also placed fourth in the Open 2- race at the Head of the Hooch with teammate Katie King with a time of 18 minutes and 17.6 seconds
  • At Duke, placed seventh with teammate Katie King in the A Pairs race and fourth in the A Fours race
  • Secured first place in fall season opener at the Chattanooga Head Race in the pairs division with teammate Katie King with a time of 19 minutes and 51.50 seconds
  • Part of the collegiate four that placed first at the Chattanooga Head Race with a time of 18 minutes and 33.77 seconds

2012-13 - Sophomore
  • Named to the 2012-13 C-USA Honor Roll, a honor awarded to student-athlete's maintaining a 3.0 GPA or better
  • At the Conference USA Championship held on Melton Hill Lake, raced in the varsity 4, which placed second with a time of 7:40.99
  • In the regular season finale, part of the V4+ which placed fourth against Princeton, Dartmouth and Penn with a time of 7:56.8
  • In the varsity four race at the Clemson Invitational, placed sixth with a time of 7:52.6, fourth with a time of 7:34.3 and fifth with a final time of 8:27.6.
  • At The Ohio State Invitational, placed second in both sessions in the 2V8 with times of 7:29.8 and 7:35.20.
  • Placed second against Louisville in the 2V8+ with a time of 6 minutes and 39.5 seconds
  • Rowed in the V8+ against Minnesota with a time of 6 minutes and 36.6 seconds on the 2000-meter course
  • In fall finale, placed 5th in the Championship 8+ with a time of 16 minutes and 36.3 seconds
  • Rowed in the Open 8+ placing 7th completing the course in 17 minutes and 24.4 seconds
  • In Oak Ridge for the Secret City Head Race, placed first with a time of 19 minutes and 56.234 seconds in the Varsity 4+
  • At the Chattanooga Head Race, placed 3rd with a time of 16 minutes and 54.51 seconds in the Collegiate 8
  • In the Collegiate 4+ placed 6th with a time of 20 minutes and 7.39 seconds at the Chattanooga Head Race
2011-12 - Freshman
  • Rowed in the bow pair of the 2012 SIRA Champion first novice eight
  • At the Oak Ridge Invitational, helped the 1N8+ take gold, silver and bronze medals
Personal
  • Homeschooled
  • Placed second at the Southeastern Regional Mountain Biking Championships and third in the Tennessee State Mountain Biking Championships
  • Majoring in mechanical engineering
  • Her favorite thing about rowing is getting stronger and the competition
  • She loves UT because of the mountains and blue skies
  • Recipient of the Tom & Joan Cronan Scholarship Endowment
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