AS A JUNIOR: Earned her first CRCA National-Scholar Athlete award, posting a 3.54 GPA in accounting ?named to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team ? assumed the number-one coxswain position after the graduation of Claire Bula and Erin Kiernicki ? as coxswain, helped the Irish land their first ever NCAA Championship invitation and achieve their highest ranking in school history at No. 9 earlier in the year ? earned her second monogram as a member of the Notre Dame rowing team ? had first NCAA Championship appearance in only the program's fourth year of varsity status ? placed fifth in their heat ? placed seventh in their repechage heat ? finished fourth in the "C" final and 16th overall ? finished fourth in a time of 6:43.20 at Central Regions in a race which featured five ranked teams? as a team, the Irish finished fourth overall out of 19 teams at Central Regions ? defeated Tennessee in the varsity eight race by 19 seconds ? two crews were even until the 1,000-meter mark, when the Irish pulled away crossing the finish line in 7:07.70 ? finished fifth in 6:35.31 in the grand final of the Jessop-Whittier Cup at the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic ? defeated four teams ranked above them at the San Diego Crew Classic including No. 6 Virginia ? won the Indiana Crew Classic easily, defeating its closest competitor by 15 seconds ? finished second to Syracuse in the finals at BIG EAST ? placed second as a team at the 2002 BIG EAST Rowing Challenge to Syracuse ? in the fall, coxed the winning first varsity eight at the Milwaukee River Challenge and the Chicago Chase ... in Milwaukee, the Irish finished first in 22:14 ... won the Chicago Chase in 16:12.90 ... was second at the Head of the Rock to Wisconsin ... also coxed the first varsity four at the Chicago Chase and Head of the Rock.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Earned her first monogram with the Irish program in 2000-01 ... named to the 2001 BIG EAST Academic All-Star team ... coxed the varsity four all season ... defeated Tennessee by 11 seconds to open the spring ... was second at Michigan State ... also won the varsity four versus Dayton the next week ... was second to Tennessee at the Indiana Cup ... placed third at the BIG EAST Rowing Challenge ... won the petite final at the Central Regions ... coxed the second women's lightweight four to a fifth-place finish at the Head of the Elk ... led the varsity four vessel to a fourth-place finish and the third varsity eight to a sixth-place at the Head of the Grand ... coxed the second varsity eight boat at the Chicago Chase to fourth place, only five seconds away from a bronze showing ... also was fourth in the lightweight four race in Chicago.
AS A FRESHMAN: Was the coxswain of the varsity four boat all season ... finished fourth in the petite final and 10th overall in the varsity four at the Central Region Championship ... took a silver medal in the varsity four at the Georgetown Invitational ... placed sixth at the Midwest Sprints ... placed first in the petite final and seventh overall at the SIRA Championships.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Won eight letters (four in track and cross country) at Manchester High School ... was team captain of both the track and cross country teams as a senior ... team advanced to regionals in both sports ... was an academic all-conference and all-state selection ... a member of National Honor Society and Living In Full Effect (L.I.F.E.) ... was student body vice president ... one of three children ... daughter of Claude and Cathie Markstahler ... father Claude played football and ran track at Manchester College ... born June 19, 1981, in Wabash, Ind. ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in accounting.