High School Sports: Rowing, swimming
High School Awards: Junior nationals invitational, two years, fifth place both times ... Four-time letter winner for crew and swim team ... Competed at State for swimming three years in a row ... Presidential Scholar award ... Scholar athlete award.
Major at Washington: Pre-Business
Husky Rowing Experience: 2002 (Freshman) -- Stroked the novice freshman eight that placed third at Pac-10 and helped Washington win the team title ... stroked eight that placed second at the San Diego Crew Classic and the Washington State dual ... member of crew that was victorious at Windermere Cup Opening Day races as well as the California and Oregon State duals ... Named Captain of the novice team 2002.
Personal: Daughter of Doug and Ann Matson ... Both parents attended Oregon State University ... mother is in sales ... father is an attorney ...has an older brother, Mark (26) who is a real estate broker ... has two older sisters, Christy (23) who attended UW and Carrie (22) who attended Western Washington University ... is member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority ... made annual Dean's List 2002 ... Uncle won a silver medal in the straight pair in the 1962 Pan-American games in San Paulo, Brazil.
I chose Washington because: It has everything; a winning team, a great school, an exciting campus to be a part of and its only a five minute walk away.
The best thing about Seattle is: You learn to appreciate the sun.
The best thing about UW is: Everyone wears their pajamas to class.
Favorite class: Astronomy 150 - The Planets.
My best race was: Northwest Junior Regionals, 1998. We started the race as the underdogs and ended up surprising the competition with a second place finish, by one second, to qualify us to go to nationals.
After I graduate, I plan to: Travel around Europe.
If I could tell my incoming teammates one thing, it would be: Early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable.
Matson says: "Washington Rowing is full of surprises!"