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Katherine Willis
Katherine  Willis

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
London, England

High School:
Hills Road Sixth-Form College

Position:
Varsity

04/06/2017

Spartans Host Wisconsin, Minnesota In Big Ten Double Dual

MSU hosts lone home race in 2017

2017: Opened the season with strong performances at the Oak Ridge Cardinal in the novice eight, finishing a half-length behind Virginia in a time of 6:52.551 and defeating Notre Dame and West Virginia in the morning session and posting a heat victory in a time 6:58.975 with a 45-second margin over the Mountaineers and Tennessee in the afternoon (3/11) ... On Sunday at Oak Ridge (3/12), was less than a second off the pace of first-place Virginia (6:48.318) and defeated the Spartan 2N8 and Tennessee by several lengths of open water ... Rowed in a pair of novice eight races at Michigan (3/25), opening the day by finishing ahead of the host Wolverines and visiting Radcliffe in a time of 7:07.53, more than 11 seconds ahead of UM and 17 in front of Radcliffe ... Was second to Yale in the evening session, nine seconds behind the Bulldogs but still six seats ahead of Michigan in a time of 7:02.73 ... In a Big Ten Double Dual at Indiana (4/1) in the novice eight, posted a pair of commanding open-water victories, defeating the Hawkeyes by more than 26 seconds in a time of 6:44.62 before finishing 23 seconds ahead of second-place Kansas and more than 27 seconds over Indiana (6:54.80) ... Hosting a Big Ten Double Dual on Lake Ovid (4/8), rowed to a pair of commanding wins on the day in the novice eight, clocked in 6:46.35 in the morning, about a half a length of open water ahead of UW (6:52.35); MSU then had a 28-second margin over Minnesota in the afternoon ( 6:50.24 - 7:18.44)... Racing on the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass. in the second varsity eight, was about a second off the pace of Northeastern (4/22), and was two seats behind at the finish (6:42.684 -- 6:43.731) ... Was eight seconds behind No. 16 Radcliffe (6:44.6- 6:52.6) in a second raceday on the Charles (4/23) ... In the second varsity eight at Big Ten Championships (5/14), finished sixth behind Indiana in a time of 6:32.868, four seats ahead of Minnesota ...

Prior to MSU: Attended Hockerill Angle-European College in Bishop's Stortford and Hills Road Sixth-Form College in Cambridge... Earned One Bumps Blade Award in the 2015 Cambridge Town Bumps her senior year... Rowed with the Great Britain Start Programme in December of 2014 through May of 2015... Ran Cross-Country and placed first and second in the District Cross Country Championships in 2012 and 2011, respectively... In 2010 and 2011 earned second place in Schools Challenge... Finished third at Bedfordshire Cross Country Championships in 2011... Finished second at Tring Invitational Sevens Rugby... Placed second at East Regional Championships in basketball and volleyball in 2014... Named Rounders Player of the Year in 2011 and All-Around Athlete of the Year in 2012.

Personal: Born on October 2, 1996 in London, England... Daughter of Nick and Lucy Willis... Sister to Mike, Jack and Bruno... Fluent in three languages... Hobbies include skiing, snowboarding, wakeboarding and kitesurfing... Majoring in kinesiology and plans on being a physio therapist.

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