CANES BASKETBALL LEGEND AND CURRENT MAYOR OF DANIA BEACH TAMARA JAMES DISCUSSES HER DECISION TO COME TO UM, HER RECORD-SETTING CAREER, HOW HER PRO CAREER LED HER OVERSEAS AND HOW HER BASKETBALL BACKGROUND HAS HELPED HER NAVIGATE HER NEW ROLE AS A PUBLIC SERVANT ON THE BEHIND THE U PODCAST

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University of Miami Athletics

Stacey Kerr

Class

Freshman

Hometown

Fonthill, Ontario, Canada

High School

E.L. Crossley Secondary School

Junior (2008-09)
Competed in the early part of the season for UM … Saw her first action in the season-opener at the Head of the Oklahoma Regatta with the Second Varsity Four boat … Rowed bow for the sixth place crew in the race … Served bow for the Second Varsity Eight in a second place effort during a tri-race with Barry and Nova Southeastern … Sat two-seat for the first time at the annual Rivanna Romp in Virginia, helping the crew to a time of 15:13.01.

Sophomore (2007-08)
Rowed in a variety of seats for the Hurricanes in her sophomore year on Second Varsity Eight and Varsity Four … Assisted 2V8 crew in first place finish against Eastern Michigan (7:24.83) in Ypsilanti, Michigan … Rowed five seat in V8 “B” at the season-opening Rivanna Romp in Charlottesville, Va. where team rowed a time of 15:15.92 … Bounced back with a third place time of 6:58.28 in a dual-race against the University of Central Florida (Mar. 29) … 2V8 posted a sixth place finish at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championships in Clemson, S.C. … Rowed three seat in Varsity Four at final race of the year in the Aramark Central/South Sprints where the team collected a third place time of 8:19.20.

Freshman (2006-07)
One-year letterwinner … Posted a first-place finish ahead of Iowa as a part of the Varsity 4 at the 2007 Longhorn Invitational … Part of the JV A team at 2007 San Diego Crew Classic that finished in fourth place … At the 2007 ACC Championships, a part of the varsity four that placed fourth behind Virginia, Clemson and Duke.

High School/Prep
Placed first in lightweight four at Canadian National Champions in 2006 … In 2005, placed third in women’s quad and second in midweight pair at the Canadian Nationals … Finished second in Jr. 8’s at the Canadian Nationals … Finished third in Jr. Lightweight 8 at Canadian Nationals in 2003 … Member of the four-time national championship crew at E.L. Crossley from 2003-06 … Also participated in three years of varsity basketball, volleyball and varsity golf … Provincially-ranked in one-meter and three-meter springboard from 2000-03.

Personal
Majoring in Elementary Education and Geography … Daughter of Bill and Shelley Kerr … Has a brother, Brett (17) … Named to the President’s Honor Roll, Provost’s List, Dean’s List and Director of Athletics’ Honor Roll since arriving at UM.

At the Starting Line with Kerr
Lists playing the trumpet, basketball and golf as some of her past times away from the water … Says her first impression of Miami was that it seemed to good to be true that she was going to school in such a beautiful environment … Lists Shawn John as her favorite athlete because watching her in this year’s Olympic Games was inspiring … Says her favorite rowing memory was winning National in the Lightweight 4+ back in 2006.