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Danika Drugge
Height: 5'5"
Year: Freshman
Hometown: West Seattle, Wash.
High School: Aviation

Who is the athlete you try to emulate?
One of my former teammates, Bethany Pupava. She started out gymnastics at 7 years old, which is a little late for most. She struggled in the first few years, but at about her sixth year on the team she dominated the competition season and went undefeated. I aspire to be like her because there was not one day that I saw her complaining, she was always the last one out of the gym, and she worked harder than anyone on the team. She was always focused, respected the coaches, and was an all around great teammate. 

What is your favorite class you have taken at UW?
My favorite two classes so far have been psych 101 and oceans 102. Oceans because I find it interesting to see how Earth's entire ecosystem is affected by the ocean and how everything in the ocean is interconnected. Psychology because it's interesting to take a look at what goes on behind the scenes in the unconscious mind, as well as learning about causes of certain behaviors.

What is your favorite memory as a Husky?
My favorite memory as a husky is of one of the Saturday morning practices. It was the end of a tough week and we had just done a bunch of really hard pieces, everyone was exhausted, but the boat felt really good as we were rowing back to the boat house. There was an overall relaxed feeling and it was easy to tell that everyone felt accomplished and connected as a boat. This is my favorite moment because it was one of the first times I felt like I was really part of the team. 

What is your rowing background?
This is my first year rowing, before this I was a gymnast for 12 years. 

If you could be an athlete in another sport what would it be?
Probably gymnastics, simply because I have such a large background in it and that's what I grew up doing.

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