The second-ranked Women of Troy completed the 2013 campaign with a program-best fourth-place finish in the NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships at Eagle Creek Park on Sunday (June 2). USC's varsity four claimed silver in the fours grand final to take the podium while the Trojans' second varsity eight enjoyed a best-ever finish of fourth place. USC's varsity eight topped off the day with a sixth-place finish in its grand final.
2015-16 All-American port Madara Strautmane enters her senior season with the Women of Troy.
2014-15 As a junior, Strautmane was named to the CRCA All-West Region team and received CRCA All-America second team honors. She helped her eight to victory in the 4K Head of the Oklahoma and then took 13th in pairs at the Head of the American and first place in the fours division of the HOA. Through the spring, Strautmane shifted from the fourth, sixth, and the stroke seats of the varsity eight. She rowed rowed in the sixth seat in the heats but stroked the Trojans to a fifth-straight claim to the Jessop-Whittier Cup in the San Diego Crew Classic. She also stroked the varsity eight to a 14th consecutive win over UCLA in the annual crosstown dual. The V8 took fifth at the Pac-12 Championships, with Strautmane at stroke. She then rowed from the fourth seat in the NCAA regatta for the heats and semifinals and stroked the Trojans to a fourth-place finish in the C final of the NCAA championships.
2013-14 As a sophomore, Strautmane rowed from the sixth seat of the varsity eight all season and helped her boat to wins over Clemson and Louisville in the Pac-12 Challenge, and a fourth consecutive win for the coveted Jessop-Whittier Cup in the San Diego Crew Classic. Her boat also earned wins over Stanford and UCLA in head-to-head duals, a fourth-place finish in the Pac-12 Championships, and a sixth-place finish in the petite final of the NCAA Championships. Strautmane was a Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention selection in the spring of 2014.
2012-13 As a freshman, Strautmane rowed from the fourth seat of USC’s varsity eight and helped her boat to a third straight Jessop-Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic, wins in the Lake Natoma Invitational, a win over UCLA in the USC-UCLA dual, and the Pac-12 Varsity Eight Championship. She also helped the V8 to a sixth-place finish in the NCAA championship grand final, which brought the program its best finish to date (fourth place) at the NCAA regatta.
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE Strautmane is a member of the Latvian national team and has rowed with SASS Rowing Club and with AK Majori from 2008-12. In 2012, she won Latvian national titles with the U23 squad in the double and the quad, and took second in the single scull at the national championships. She also won gold in the double at the Latvian 3rd Olympiad and collected a pair of bronze medals in the single and the quad. At the Baltic State Championships, Strautmane took home two gold medals; one in the 2K double and once in the 500-meter double. She also claimed a silver medal in the quad and won third in the 500-meter quads. In 2011, she was crowned the Latvian national champion in the quad and took second place in the double. She also claimed silver and bronze medals at the Baltic State Championships. In 2010, Strautmane won a pair of gold medals in the double (2K and 500m) and had a third-place finish in the Latvian national championship doubles.
PERSONAL Madara Strautmane was born on Dec. 14, 1992, in Riga, Latvia… parents are Juris and Baiba Strautmane… has one brother named Nauris (29)… enjoys basketball, kneeboarding, and wakeboarding… economics major.