High School Sports: Rowing
High School Awards: Member of Romanian National team 1996 to 1999 ... member of Romanian Olympic team 2001-2002 ... national Champion for Romania ... two time Balcanic Champion, in a pair and a four ... won gold at 1999 World Championships in varsity eight ... placed second at 1998 World Championships.
Major at Washington: Nursing
Husky Rowing Experience: 2002 (Freshman) -- Rowed four seat in the junior varsity eight that won a gold medal at the NCAA Championships ... won a gold medal at Pac-10 Championships ... the UW junior varsity was undefeated during the regular season, collecting victories at Windermere Cup, the California, Washington State and Oregon State duals and at the San Diego Crew Classic ... received the Pac-10 Women's Newcomer of the Year award. 2003 (Sophomore) - Stroked the junior varsity eight to a second place finish at NCAA championships and helped Washington to a third place team finish ... member of crew that won gold at Pac-10 Championship and helped UW claim the conference team title ... rowed in junior varsity eight that placed first at the San Diego Crew Classic ... helped the Huskies' junior varsity eight to victories at the Windermere Cup along with the California, Washington State and Oregon State duals. 2004 (Junior) - Rowed in the varsity eight boat all year as the stroke ... UW won the Washington State dual, the Windermere Cup and the Oregon State dual ... collected a silver medal in the varsity eight event at the Pac-10 Championships ... UW's varsity eight won the petite final at the NCAA Championships.
Personal: Daughter of Elena and Alexandru Hangan ... father works in industrial design ... hails from Lozna, Romania ... has one brother, Ovidiu-Alexandru (20) who attends a math-physics high school and is a member of the Romanian national team ... has two sisters, Laura (25), who works in environmental protection and Daniela (22), who is a chef.
I chose Washington because: It is the best program in the country and I can do both things that I like, rowing and school.
The best thing about Seattle is: I think Seattle in the spring is the most beautiful city in the world.
The best thing about UW is: They have extremely nice professors and they offer good education.
My best race was: San Diego Crew Classic because we won the race by walking on the other boats in the last 600 meters of the race and because it was the first race that I was stroking the boat.
If I could tell my incoming teammates one thing, it would be: Be proud that you are going to be part of an extraordinary team.
Hangan says: "Washington rowing is about working and supporting each other like a family."