FALL OF 2002: Rowed in the six seat of the second varsity eight for the fall season ... at the Milwaukee River Challenge, finished fourth in a time of 22:17 ... finished second to the Irish's first varsity eight at home against Kansas ... also rowed in the bow seat of the first varsity four, an all senior boat, against Kansas ... finished first in a time of 15:15.04, more than 39 seconds ahead of the Jayhawks' first boat ... was in the bow seat at the Head of the Ohio for the club four which placed first ... came in fifth at Head of the Rock ... also rowed in the first varsity four, sitting stroke seat, at the Head of the Rock, placing third ... placed sixth in the second varsity eight race at the Head of the Ohio.
AS A JUNIOR: Missed the spring season studying abroad in London ... in the fall, sat in the sixth seat of the first varsity eight which won at the Milwaukee River Challenge and the Chicago Chase ... in Milwaukee, team was first at 22:14 ... won the Chicago Chase in 16:12.90 ... was second at the Head of the Rock to Wisconsin ... teamed with Michelle Olsgard to finish third in the pairs race at the Head of the Rock ... member of the Notre Dame Student-Athlete Advisory Council.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Earned her first monogram after rowing in the first boat during the 2000-01 season ... was named to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star team ... was a member of the first varsity eight which experienced its most successful season in the history of the program ... took fifth at the Central Regions, barely missing an invitation to the NCAA Championships after finishing the season ranked 16th in the nation ... the Irish varsity eight won five of seven races in the spring including wins over Wisconsin and Michigan State ... was sixth in the Jessop-Whittier Cup at the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic ... took the gold medal at the Head of the Elk Regatta, winning in 13:27.70 ... it was the first gold medal for a Notre Dame varsity eight boat in a race of the that magnitude in the history of the program ... boat took second in the Chicago Chase in 17:51.00, third at the Head of the Rock (15:51.35) and third at the Head of the Grand (11:24) ... also rowed in three pairs races in the fall and won a gold medal in the second varsity four race at the Head of the Elk.
AS A FRESHMAN: Rowed in the fifth seat of the first novice eight boat most of the season ... placed fourth at the Central Region, barely missing the bronze medal by .08 seconds ... won a silver medal at the Georgetown Invitational which features all of the BIG EAST schools which sponsor rowing ... competed in the number five seat at Georgetown ... novice eight crew won its opening heat at the Midwest Rowing Championships and finished third in the grand final, improving its heat time by 1.5 seconds ... placed fourth at the SIRA Championships, rowing in the five seat.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Earned six letters (three in softball, three in basketball) at Prospect High School ... was team MVP her junior and senior seasons in basketball and her senior year in softball .... earned all-city and all-conference honors in both sports ... softball team won the regional championship as a senior ... was team captain of both the softball and basketball teams ... was voted senior athlete of the year ... played in the MSL Senior All-Star Softball Game .... almost pitched a perfect game as her team won the regional championships as a senior ... was a member of Student Council, National Honor Society, Principal's Advisory Council and Service Club ... was the president of Varsity Club and Knight Under No Influence ... is a member of Pillars at Notre Dame ... oldest of three children ... parents are Peter and Margaret Buckstaff ... born April 29, 1981, in Chicago, Ill. ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters majoring in history and peace studies.