Big Ten Medal of Honor: Kendall Schmidt, Wisconsin Women's Rowing

June 5, 2013

A 2013 first-team All-Big Ten selection, Kendall Schmidt has been the coxswain of Wisconsin’s varsity eight boat since her sophomore year.

In that time, she has steered it to two bronze medals and one silver medal at the Big Ten Rowing Championships. Earlier this fall, Schmidt coxed the varsity eight to a fifth-place finish among collegiate teams in the Championship Eights event at the Head of the Charles in Boston. During her freshman campaign, she steered the novice eight to a Big Ten title.

Not just limiting herself to being a coxswain, she sculled at the Head of the Rock in October, placing second in the women’s open novice 1x.

Additionally, her accomplishments aren’t just limited to Wisconsin. Schmidt coxed the U.S. women’s under-23 eight to a gold medal at the 2012 World Championships in Trakai, Lithuania, this past summer.

Schmidt’s accolades also carry over into the classroom, as she is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten Team selection and a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. She is also a two-time UW Athletic Board Scholar, an honor given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average in each of their respective sports at Wisconsin.