Kansas Rowing Adds Five Fall Commitments to 2014-15 Roster

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Head coach Rob Catloth announced the addition of five rowers to the 2014-15 Kansas rowing roster, highlighted by a cross country and track league champion and a rower with great experience.

The 2014-15 fall class consists of four Kansans and a Texas-native. These commitments will be counted on to ensure the Jayhawks continue to compete with the best in the Big 12 and Conference USA rankings. The fall signees consist of: Katie Bauguess (Valley Center, Kan.), BriAnna Dittberner (Topeka, Kan.), Caitlin McNulty (Mission Hills, Kan.), Daisy Tackett (Dallas, Texas) and Kaelyn Thierolf (Marion, Kan.).

“We are really pleased and excited with the potential that these girls bring to our program,” Catloth said. “All of our signees have great athleticism to go with their strong academic backgrounds. I am excited to see how these young ladies will blend with our current roster and I look forward to seeing how each of them will help us continue to achieve our goals as a team.”

Katie Bauguess | 5-11 | Valley Center, Kan. | Valley Center HS

A multi-sport athlete at Valley Center High School (VCHS), Katie Bauguess is ready to test the waters of rowing. At VCHS, Bauguess was a four-year member of the basketball and tennis teams. She also briefly participated in track and field.

Bauguess is not only a natural athlete, but she is a great student in the classroom as well. The 4.0 GPA that she has carried all four years of high school has distinguished her as the number one student in her graduating class. Bauguess plans to major in chemical engineering at KU.

BriAnna Dittberner | 5-11 | Topeka, Kan. | Seaman HS

BriAnna Dittberner comes to Lawrence just 30 minutes away from her hometown of Topeka, Kan. She has been a swimmer at Seaman High School all four years and has enjoyed a successful career. Dittberner was named Most Valuable Swimmer as a junior, and she earned Second Team All-City Distinction as she placed 16th in the 100-yard freestyle at the state championship. As a sophomore, she earned Second Team All-Centennial League honors and was a member of the 400-meter relay that finished in 10th place.

Dittberner plays the violin in the school orchestra and was a two-year letterwinner. She received a community service award, was named Optimist Student of the Month as a senior and Music Student of the Month as a junior. Dittberner is undecided on a major.

Caitlin McNulty | 5-11 | Mission Hills, Kan. | Shawnee Mission North HS

Caitlin McNulty played both basketball and softball at Shawnee Mission North High School. In 2012, she was named Most Valuable Player for the varsity team and was nominated to the All-Sunflower League Second Team.

As a student, McNulty was named a Kansas Honors Scholar, AP Scholar, Scholar Athlete and was a member of the principal’s honor roll. She plans to major in exercise science, with  the hopes of one day starting her career in Southern California.

Daisy Tackett | 5-10 | Dallas, Texas | Creekside HS

Daisy Tackett comes to KU as an experienced rower. She raced in the Women’s Double at Club Nationals in 2013 and finished fourth place in the Varsity Quad at the Head of the Oklahoma in 2012. In addition to rowing, Tackett has a background in track and field as well.

As a sophomore, Tackett was admitted to a semester program that took place in Zermatt, Switzerland. The program accepted only 40 students, and Tackett credits her experience as the driving force behind continuing her career in athletics.

Kaelyn Thierolf | 5-10 | Marion, Kan. | Marion HS
Kaelyn Thierolf has enjoyed a successful career in athletics, leaving her mark all over the record books at Marion High School (MHS). She was a member of the basketball, cross country, powerlifting, track and field and volleyball teams. Thierolf led MHS volleyball in hitting percentage in 2013 and was named Heart of America League Honorable Mention. Her talents extended beyond the hardwood as Thierolf holds the 123 and 148 pound class records for powerlifting at MHS. She won the Heart of America Cross Country Championship in 2011, as well as the 1600-meter and 3200-meter regional championship races.

Thierolf has been a member of the school honor roll for all four years is ranked as the number one student in her class. She is a KU Honor Recipient and a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to pursue a degree in psychology at KU.

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