LAWRENCE, Kan. – Head Coach Carrie Cook-Callen announced the addition of two transfer student-athletes to the Kansas Rowing program for the start of the 2023 spring season.
Kateryna Ustiuzhanina and Natalie Danielson will both join the Jayhawks as sophomores for the 2023 season. Kateryna will come to Kansas from Kyiv, Ukraine while Natalie will remain in the Midwest and join the Jayhawks from Ham Lake, Minnesota.
Kateryna UstiuzhaninaKiev, Ukraine
Notes: Competed for the Ukrainian national team during the World Junior Championships (2021 and 2018) and the World Under-23 Championships (2021)… Helped Ukraine to fourth place in the junior women’s four coxswains at World Rowing 2021 Junior Championships… Was part of the Ukrainian team that achieved a sixth-place finish for the Under-23 Women’s Coxed Four at the 2021 Under-23 World Rowing Championships… Helped her team to a first-place finish in Heat 2 and a fourth-place overall finish in the junior women’s four coxswains during the 2018 World Junior Rowing Championships…Daughter of Tetiana Ustiuzhanina, a former competitive rower who received the bronze medal as a member of the women’s quadruple unified team team at the 1992 Summer Olympics.
Coach Carrie on Kateryna: “Katia is a fantastic recruit for any program in the nation. We are thrilled that you have recognized the unique environment here at Kansas Rowing and the incredible opportunities this university offers its student-athletes. Her experiences at the FISA U19 and U23 World Championships add to our expanding level of international experience and we are thrilled to see her grow with our program as we continue to gain speed.
Natalie DanielsonHam Lake, Minn.
Notes: Transferred from the University of Minnesota, where she competed in four rookie events during the season… Saw her first action against SMU, where she competed in both First Novice Eight contests… Competed in the B1G Invitational, in the Iowa Rowing Regatta and the Big Ten Championships with the 1N8 boat.
Coach Carrie on Natalie: “Natalie’s background as a competitive hockey player for over a decade shows the level of grit and determination she exhibits. She places a very high value on team culture and cohesiveness, and after visiting KU and meeting the team, she saw firsthand that we had everything she was looking for. We know she brings the necessary raw material and will be a great addition to the Kansas Boathouse.”
The Jayhawks will begin their 2023 spring season March 18 at the University of Central Oklahoma Dual in Oklahoma City, Okla.