High School Sports: Rowing, water polo
High School Awards: Lions' Club Athletic Award ... Junior National Team in 1994 and 1995.
Major at Washington: Metals and Jewelry
Husky Rowing Experience1997 (Freshman): Rowed in the seven seat for the Pac-10 Champion novice eight boat ... stroked the varsity four at NCAA Championships ... won semi-final heat and finished second in the grand final at the NCAAs.
1998 (Sophomore): Moved into the varsity boat and rowed in the two seat as the Huskies were undefeated in collegiate competition ... helped lead UW to a second straight NCAA championship ... the V8 won its grand final ... won a seventh straight Pac-10 title and a seventh straight Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic ... only loss of the season came to Great Britain on Opening Day.
1999 (Junior): Rowed on the varsity eight for a second year ... sat in the three seat all season ... boat finished fifth in its grand final at the NCAA Championships and Huskies finished third overall ... won an eighth consecutive Pac-10 Championship in Sacramento and Whittier Cup crown at the San Diego Crew Classic ... also won Windermere Cup Regatta and Wisconsin and California duals ... competed in pre-Elite Camp and at the Canadian Henley in summer, '99.
Personal: Daughter of Marsha Madison and Joseph Tavalero of Fair Oaks, Calif.
I chose Washington because: The opportunity to get a great education and row with an outstanding crew program.
The best thing about Washington is: When the sun shines.
The best thing about UW is: The location; you can go to the city and enjoy its urban culture or take a day trip to the mountains.
Favorite class: I like all my classes equally.
After I graduate I plan to: I don't know yet.
If I could tell my incoming teammates one thing, it would be: Come to the fall season in good shape.
Tavalero says: "Washington is the strength of an individual and the power of a community that I have become a part of."