High School Sports: Rowing
High School Awards: Member of the Romanian National Team for four years ... two-time World Champion in 1999 and 2000 ... earned four gold medals and two silver medals at Balcanic Championships ... Romanian National Champion ... best Athlete of the Year at local rowing club in Romania.
Major at Washington: Nursing
Husky Rowing Experience: 2003 (Freshman) - Rowed the No. 6 seat in the junior varsity eight that placed second at NCAA championships and helped Washington to a third place team finish ... member of crew that won silver at Pac-10 Championships 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 to victories at the Windermere Cup Regatta along with the Washington State and Oregon State duals in junior varsity eight races. 2004 (Sophomore) - Competed in the junior varsity eight for the first four regattas, winning the Windermere Cup event ... stroked the varsity four to the Pac-10 title ... collected a silver medal at the NCAA Championships
Personal: Daughter of Mariana and Mircea Tabacaru ... father is a sculptor and mother is a housewife ... has three sisters, Flori, Christina and Ancuta.
I chose Washington because: I liked their program. You can do both rowing and school at the same time.
The best thing about Seattle is: I like the summer because it is not too hot.
The best thing about UW is: The rowing program.
Favorite Class: I don't have one yet.
My best race was: The 1999 World Championships in Plovdiv. We won the eight race after many years of losing.
After I graduate, I plan to: Find a job.
If I could tell my incoming teammates one thing, it would be: Bring your raincoat with you.
Tabacaru says: "Enjoy the summer as much as you can because during the year you will be so busy you might forget to enjoy everything."