Women's Rowing

    blank
    Denise Kobashikawa
    Denise Kobashikawa

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Honolulu, Hawaii

    High School:
    Maryknoll School, Hawaii

    Height:
    5-3

    Position:
    Coxswain

    Birthdate:
    06/26/1987

    Experience:
    1V

    At USC:
    Denise Kobashikawa enters her third season in the USC program... in 2007, she coxed the JV Eight to victories in all races but one including capturing the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy at the 2007 San Diego Crew Classic... coxed the Varsity Four to a bronze medal finish at the Pac-10 Championships, contributing to USC's first Pac-10 Conference team championship... coxed the Varsity Four at the NCAA Championships to a seventh place overall finish by winning the petite final... coxed the second place boat in the fours at the 2006 Head of the American Regatta... in 2006, coxed the Novice Eight to a victory over UCLA and a ninth place finish at the Pac-10 Championships.

    Rowing Highlights:
    Kobashikawa was a 2004 ILH (Interscholastic League of Hawaii) All-Star selection as the steersperson in both canoe paddling and sailing (2002-2005)... her high school mixed crew placed third at state finals... paddled with the Outrigger Canoe Club and the Hawaii Yacht Club for eight years (1998-2005) leading her team to a second place finish at the National Regatta in 2002... paddling over 300 miles in two years, selected to train as a future voyaging canoe crew member with Kapu Na Keiki (Polynesian Voyaging Society) of Hokule'a... trained for three years in celestial navigation , most recently with Nainoa Thompson to become Hawaii's next non-instrument navigator in preparation to sail to Tahiti in 2009

    Personal:
    Denise Davis Kobashikawa was born in Honolulu, Hawaii... a 2005 graduate of the Maryknoll School in Honolulu, Hawaii... an avid surfer, her grandfather, Don Davis graduated from USC in 1952... father Fred, was a swimmer, once competing in Olympic trials at the Coliseum... would like to one day steer in the Moloka'i Hoe Challenge (an international Hawaiian canoe competition)... placed second in 2006 in both the girls 18 division and tandem surfing competition at the Kaipo Bay Classic (Hawaii)... majoring in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention... would like to be a pharmacist.