Rowed in the second varsity eight throughout her junior season … helped UCLA secure a 12th-place team finish at NCAA Championships … was one of seven UCLA rowers to secure CRCA National Scholar-Athlete accolades … also was a second-team Pac-12 All-Academic Team selection for the second consecutive season … rowed bow seat in the 2V8+ in a season-opening win against Loyola Marymount (March 16) … rowed bow seat in the 2V8+ at the two-day San Diego Crew Classic (April 4-5), leading UCLA to a second-place finish on day one and to a fifth-place finish in the event’s Grand Final … rowed five seat on day one of the Clemson Invitational (April 19) and bow seat on day two (April 20) … the Bruins’ 2V8+ finished second in its heat on day one and logged second and third-place finishes on day two … rowed bow seat in the 2V8+ against USC, leading the Bruins to a first-place finish in that race (May 3) … rowing bow seat, helped the 2V8+ finish second at Pac-12 Championships (May 18) … rowed bow seat in the 2V8+ at NCAA Championships, sending UCLA to the semifinals with a second-place finish on day one (May 30) … the 2V8+ finished fourth in its A/B semifinal on day two (May 31) and second in the event’s Petite Final on the final day of competition (June 1).
Secured second-team Pac-12 All-Academic accolades as a sophomore … rowed three seat in the third varsity eight in UCLA’s season-opening victory against Loyola Marymount (March 9) … rowed bow seat in the second varsity four on day one of the San Diego Crew Classic (April 6), leading the 2V4+ to a third-place finish … rowed two seat in the second varsity four against USC (May 4), guiding that crew to a first-place finish.
Rowed three seat in the novice eight as a freshman ... rowed three seat in the novice eight in a season-opening victory over Loyola Marymount (March 3) ... rowed three seat in the N8+ crew's victory against San Diego (March 10) ... rowed three seat with the N8+ at the San Diego Crew Classic (March 31-April 1), helping the boat to a second-place finish in the Grand Final on day two ... rowed three seat in the novice eight in UCLA's dual meet victory over Louisville at the SoCal Challenge (April 14) ... rowed three seat in the N8+ crew's win over USC in the annual dual meet (April 28) ... rowed three seat with the N8+ at Pac-12 Championships, leading the boat to a second-place finish and helping UCLA to a third-place team finish, its best in program history.
Three-year varsity water polo and swimming letterwinner at Los Banos High School (Los Banos, Calif.) ... served as team captain of the swimming team in 2010-11 ... captured all-league honors on the swimming team in 2009-10.
Full name: Victoria Elise Vander Poel ... Victoria is the daughter of Hank and Theresa Vander Poel ... has eight brothers - Andrew, Matthew, Nathan, Jerome, Samuel, Anthony, John Paul and Philip ... intends to major in business economics.