High School Sports: Basketball, dance/drill
Major at Washington: Speech Communications
Husky Rowing Experience: 2000 (Freshman) -- Coxed the all-freshman varsity four to a gold medal at the NCAA Championships ... led the Husky novice eight to an undefeated season that included an eighth-straight Opening Day victory, a sixth-straight Pac-10 title and a third-consecutive win at the San Diego Crew Classic ... posted a win against Cal in the annual dual regatta and then raced again in the varsity four that also won.2001 (Sophomore) -- Led the junior varsity eight to a silver medal at the NCAA Championships en route to UW's team title ... coxed the JV eight all year and helped crew to an undefeated record during the regular season, earning victories at the Pac-10 Championships, Windermere Cup, San Diego Crew Classic and dual regattas with Cal, Oregon State and Washington State ... earned All-Pac-10 Academic honors ... received the 101 Club Scholar Athlete Award. 2002 (Junior) -- Coxed the junior varsity eight that won a gold medal at the NCAA Championships ... lead the boat to a first place finish at Pac-10 Championships ... coxed the undefeated boat during the regular season, helping collect victories at Windermere Cup, the Cal, Washington State and Oregon State duals and at the San Diego Crew Classic ... recipient of honors scholarship award for best grade point average on the Washington team ... Received Honorable mention for Pac-10 All Academic Team .
Personal: Daughter of Johnette and Paul Hessburg ... mother attended St. Cloud State in Minnesota and works in special education ... father went to school at Oregon State and is a research scientist for the USDA Forest Service ... has three younger brothers, Jake (21), Paul (18) and Hans (15) ... one younger sister, Giselle (14) ... named to UW Dean's List all but one quarter at UW ... worked as a wildland fire fighter for the U.S. Forest Service during summer, 2001 and 2002 ... member of the Delta Zeta Sorority ... member of WSAAC (student-athlete council)
I chose Washington because: UW has endless opportunities to take advantage of.
The best thing about Seattle is: Watching the sun rise up over the mountains, reflecting on the lake, with a great cup of coffee in hand.
The best thing about UW is: Husky Pride, cloud watching, all the amazing people and endless opportunities.
Favorite class: Communication in the classroom.
My best race was: NCAA Championships, 2002. We were down in the final 750 meters to go, so we took our sprint early, walked through Brown and won our race.
After I graduate, I plan to: Travel a bit, go to grad school and become a high school teacher.
If I could tell my incoming teammates one thing, it would be: Do something everyday that helps you reach your goal, listen to people, be nice to people, tell the truth, pursue happiness at all costs, and live with no regrets.
Hessburg says: "Washington rowing is the extreme team sport, yeah baby!"