UNC Rowing Bio
 Cara Van Dorn
Van Dorn Van Dorn 921474



Majoring in comparative literature with a concentration in German ... Participates in Carolina Mock Trial ... Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll for 2006-07 ... Also has earned Dean's List honors

Rowing at UNC: In her first year on the varsity squad after joining the novice squad as a junior ... In fall racing, won the novice singles at the 2007 Occoquan Chase and was part of the varsity eight that also won its race ... In the spring of 2007, was part of the lineup for the novice eight that finished third at ACC Championships ... Encouraged to try out for the team by a cousin who rows at Miami

Before UNC: At Early College at Guilford, was a member of the track and cross country teams

More on Van Dorn: Born Dec. 8, 1985, in Greensboro, N.C. ... Daughter of Susan and Mark Van Dorn ... Has two brothers, Wes (24) and Max (18) ... Her father played baseball at Massachusetts and her brother Wes played rugby at the U.S. Naval Academy ... Favorite pastimes are hiking, reading and playing tennis with her father ... Dream job is helping professional athletes optimize their performance ... Athlete she most admires is "anyone who works his or her heart out" ... Favorite sport besides rowing is trail running ... With a completely free day, would go for a row in the morning, hike with her dog, Sampson, and cook a great dinner ... If she could have dinner with anyone, she'd pick Franz Kafka because "he's just so weird and brilliant. I'd ask him what he meant when he wrote The Judgement" ... Dream vacation would be several African safaris followed by skiing in the Alps topped off with a week in Jamaica ... If she won the lottery, the first things she'd buy are a hybrid car, a racing single, and a sweet bike ... Best moment in her athletic career has been breaking her high school's 5K cross country record twice

Van Dorn on rowing at UNC: "Rowing has been a huge challenge, but the support of the staff and the thrill of learning a beautiful new sport has made it worthwhile."

Position: Varsity
Other Position: Starboard
Height: 5'6"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Greensboro, N.C.
High School: Early College at Guilford
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