High School Sports: Rowing.
Major at Washington: Business Finance.
Husky Rowing Experience: 2005 (Junior)--Rowed with the varsity eight all season ... sat in the bow seat, helping the Huskies' top crew place fourth at the IRA championships ... collected a silver medal in the varsity eight race at the Pac-10 championships ... UW's top boat won the Windermere Cup, defeating the Czech Republic and Cornell. 2004 (Red-shirt)--Did not compete for UW while utilizing his red-shirt season ... spent the year training with the Croatian National Team. 2003 (Sophomore)--Rowed in the Huskies' top boat all season ... moved into the stroke seat for the Windermere Cup (May 3) and the Huskies proceeded to win their next six races ... stroked the varsity eight to its first Pac-10 championship since 1997 ... helped UW collect the silver medal in the varsity eight event at the IRA Championships ... did not compete at Henley with the Huskies due to obligations with the Croatian National Team. 2002 (Freshman)--Rowed six seat in the freshman eight that won a gold medal at IRAs ... member of crew that went undefeated all season ... helped lead Huskies to a gold medal at Pac-10's and the San Diego Crew Classic ... also contributed to victories at the Windermere Cup, California, Washington Sate and Oregon State duals.
Personal: Son of Ivica and Zeljka Kusurin ... has one younger brother (18), who is also a rower ...has one younger sister, Iva (8) ... placed second in the "B" final of the men's double sculls at the 2005 World Rowing Championships ... member of Croatian National Team ... placed fifth in a double at the 2002 Under-23 World Championships in Genoa, Italy ... finished 16th in a double at the Elite World Championships in Seville, Spain.
I chose UW because: It's the toughest program in the USA and the world and I like evergreens.
The best thing about Seattle is: The nice buildings, boats, environment, and nice weather.
The best thing about UW is: UW crew team.
Favorite class: Any of the business classes.
My best race was: The 2001 Germany Junior Worlds; we were the world champs two times.
After I graduate, I plan to: Go to graduate school in England, hopefully Oxford or Cambridge, then become an investment banker.
If I could tell my incoming teammates one thing, it would be: It's the best life experience you are going to get. Use it wisely, use it all.
Kusurin says: "It hurts a lot."