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McKenzie Zapata


Austin, TX

High School

James Bowie High School



McKenzie Zapata - Rowing - University of Miami Athletics

High School: Rower throughout high school on the Austin Rowing Club…Rowed in the stroke of the lightweight 1V4+ in 2018, 4 seat in the 1V8+ in 2018, stroke of the 1V2+ in 2017, 2 seat in the JV8+ in 2017, and stroke of the JV4x in 2017…Raced at U.S. Rowing Club National Championships in Bethel, OH in 2017, competed at Texas State Rowing Championships in 2017-18, competed at The Heart of Texas in 2017/18, competed at the Head of the Oklahoma in 2017-18, competed at Head of the Colorado in 2017/18, and competed at the Head of the Brazos in 2017-18…Raced in a 1V8+ and 1V2- at U.S. Rowing Club National Championships in Bethel, OH in 2017…Member of JROTC and served on the unarmed drill team during all four years of high school.

Personal: Daughter of Millie and Michelle Zapata…Has one older sibling, Riley…Majoring with a Master’s degree in Marine Conservation…Intends to pursue a PhD in Marine Biology and career goal is to become a shark researcher and eventually, a professor…Chose Miami for the diversity, atmosphere, strong academics, and research opportunities…Enjoys running, the beach, nature trails, reading, and spending time with friends and family… Goal at Miami is to make the NCAA Championships.