An all-around athlete, Laura McDaniel enters her third varsity season and fourth in the USC program ... rowed from the No. 6 seat for the JV Eight in 2006, advancing to the Grand Final at the Pac-10 Championships... rowed at the No. 2 seat with the Varsity Eight in 2005, helping guide the crew to a third place finish at the Pac-10 Championships and a tenth place finish overall at the NCAA Championships... a member of the eleventh place NCAA squad, the first USC women's crew in history to receive a team bid to the NCAA Championships... rowed with the novice crew in 2004.
McDaniel rowed at the No. 6 seat with the Vesper Pre-Elite training program in 2006... helping lead her boat to a first place finish in the Junior B Eight, second in the Champion Eight, third in the Senior Eight and fourth in the 500-meter dash... took first in the 2006 Independence Day Regatta Open Eight... rowed with Vesper Boat Club (Philadelphia, Pa.) in 2005, helping lead the Senior Eight boat to a first place finish at the Schuyllall Navy Regatta... led the Senior B Eight crew to a first place finish and the Senior Eight to a third place finish at the Canadian Henley Regatta... rowed with the Chicago Rowing Center Club in 2004... finished first in Eights and Fours at the 2004 Gateway Regatta in St. Louis, Mo... won the Chicago Sprints and reached the grand final at the U.S. Rowing Club Nationals.
Laura Ann McDaniel was born in Chicago, Ill.... a 2003 graduate of Hinsdale South High in Darien, Ill... lettered in swimming and track and field in high school, an All-West Suburban Conference selection in both sports... a four-year member of the Hinsdale South Dean's List, graduating with honors... lists sky-diving as something she would like to experience... majoring in Political Science.