High School Sports: Rowing.
Honors and Awards: Rowed with Capital Crew for four years ... Rowed with the varsity eight for three seasons ... Stroked the 2002 development camp eight and helped the crew to a third-place finish at Nationals ... A member of the National Honor Society.
Major at Washington: English.
Husky Rowing Experience: 2006 (Junior) - Rowed in the bow seat at the Oregon State dual to help the Huskies take first place in the varsity four ... Helped his varsity four crew take gold in the Windermere cup ... Rowed with the varsity four to a silver medal at the Pac-10 Championships ... Rowed to a second-straight National Championship in the open four event at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships.
2005 (Sophomore) - Competed in the UW's eight at The Great Race in New Zealand in September ... Collected a gold medal with the varsity four at the Pac-10 Championships ... Rowed with the National Championship crew that won the open four event at the IRA Regatta.
2004 (Freshman) - Rowed all year in the bow seat for the freshman eight ... Helped his crew win the freshman race at the Windermere Cup.
Personal: Son of Jim and Debbie Kraus ... Father is a general contractor ... Mother is a principal ... Has one older sister, Nicole (25).
I chose Washington because: To be a part of the fastest rowing program in the nation.
The best thing about Seattle is: The constant rain keeps the city nice and clean.
My best race was: Varsity 4, Pac-10s 2005 because we took gold and then flipped the boat.
After I graduate, I plan to: Either go into advertising or attend graduate school.
If I could tell my incoming teammates one thing it would be: Never bring anything less than 100%.
Kraus says: "All the hard work pays off when you're on the medal stand."
Last Updated: January 23, 2007