High School Sports: Rowing, volleyball
High School Awards: Four-year varsity letterwinner with Commencement Bay Rowing Club ... earned three varsity letters in volleyball.
Major at Washington: Zoology
Husky Rowing Experience: 1999 (Freshman): Rowed in the five seat in novice eight that had an undefeated season, winning a Pac-10 Championship, on Opening Day and at the San Diego Crew Classic ... 2000 (Sophomore): Competed with the varsity four that won the Pac-10 Championship in Sacramento ... rowed in the two seat ... also helped varsity four to a win on Opening Day ... 2001 (Junior): Travelled to NCAA Championships as a spare and won the non-competive spares race with teammate Jessica Harm ... rowed two seat and won a Pac-10 Championship in the varsity four ... varsity four also won at Windermere Cup and Washington State and Oregon State dual regattas ... earned All-Pac-10 Academic honorable mention honors.
Personal: Daughter of Barbara and Joe Oates ... parents attended Puget Sound ... older sister, Kim, was a four-year UW rower who graduated last year and is currently the novice women's coach at Mount Baker RC ... grandfather also attended UW ... two-year volunteer at UW Medical Center ... spent five years showing horses, as hunter and jumper, along the west coast ... great, great grandfather helped construct the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. ... Presidential Athletic Award and Honor Society member in high school.
I chose Washington because: It had it all; both academics and athletics.
The best thing about Seattle is: The surroundings; the walls of mountains on all sides, towering over miles of water and greenery.
The best thing about UW is: The friends I've made since I've been here.
Favorite class: Acting 251
My best race was: Last year at the Pac-10 Championships, when we won the varsity four. We came from behind in the last 500-meters to win by a couple seats.
After I graduate, I plan to: Travel the world.
If I could tell my incoming teammates one thing, it would be: Stay on the attack at all times.
Oates says: "Washington Rowing challenges its athletes both physically and mentally, but when it's all said and done, it's worth all the hard work."