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Kay Rusher
Position: Port/Starboard
Height: 5'11"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Glenview, Ill.
High School: St. Paul's School
Major: Undeclared

2013-14 (Sophomore)

  • Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention 
  • Competed with the varsity eight and second varsity eight 
  • Placed fourth in the second varsity eight at the NCAA Championships after winning the heat and taking second in the semifinal 
  • Won gold in the 2V8 to help Stanford claim its first Pac-12 Championship 
  • Knocked off No. 2 Cal for the first time since 2011 with the 2V8 
  • Recorded wins over No. 4 USC and No. 9 Notre Dame at the Lake Natoma Invitational 
  • Defeated No. 9 USC a second time with the 2V8 in a dual match at Redwood Shores 
  • Ended No. 2 Ohio State’s 19-race winning streak in the 2V8 at the Oregon State Classic 
  • Started the spring with a win over No. 16 Louisville and loss to No. 3 Virginia in the Pac-12 Challenge
  • Tallied a second place finish in the Collegiate/Open 4+ at the Head of the Lake 
  • Raced in two events at the Head of the American, placing 14th in the Women’s Collegiate 2- with the Stanford D boat and 15th in the 8+ with the Stanford B boat

2012-13 (Freshman)

  • Notched a fourth-place finish in the Four Petite Finals at the NCAA Championships 
  • Finished sixth in the Four Grand Final at the PAC-12 Championships 
  • Defeated Syracuse in a morning dual race and placed first in a five-team afternoon competition as part of the Four at the Oregon State Classic 
  • Won the Lake Natoma Invitational Novice Eight
  • Downed Oklahoma as a member of the Novice Eight at the PAC-12 Women’s Challenge

High School

  • A 2012 graduate of St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H.
  • Rowed, played volleyball and was a nordic skiier as a prep 
  • Helped eight to NEPSAC title in 2012 
  • With the eight finished ninth at Youth Nationals in 2012 
  • Earned Coach's Award and was named an All-Star volleyball player in 2012 
  • In nordic skiing, finished ninth overall in the conference and earned the Coach's Award in 2012


  • Born in London, England 
  • Parents are John IV and Cynthia 
  • Father is a member of Harvard Hall of Fame and was part of three Men's Eight national champions (1987-89), also a five-time U.S. National Team member and competed at the 1988 (bronze in men's eight) and 1992 (fourth in coxed four) Olympic Games 
  • Mother was a women's eight national champion at Wisconsin (1986), seven-time U.S. National Team member and competed at the 1988 (fifth in coxed four) and 1992 (silver medal in four) Olympic Games 
  • Cousin Annie Czarnecki is on the volleyball team at Georgia Tech 
  • Major is undeclared
  • Enjoys sailing, skiing and puzzles