Cara Stawicki


Date of birth






Began Rowing

2001, Lehigh University


Wall, N.J.


Point Pleasant, N.J.

Current residence

Philadelphia, Pa.

High School

Wall High School

Undergraduate Education

Lehigh University, B.A. in Journalism and Political Science, 2005

Graduate Education

Lehigh University, M.A. in Political Science, 2006

Training Location

Philadelphia, Pa.

Current Coach

Guenter Beutter; Casey Galvanek

Club Affiliations

Penn AC Rowing Association, Sarasota Crew

National Teams

Two – Senior, 2017, 2019

International Results

Won the lightweight double sculls at the 2018 Canadian Henley...Finished seventh in the lightweight quadruple sculls at the 2017 World Rowing Championships...Won the lightweight double sculls at the 2016 Canadian Henley...Won the lightweight double sculls, lightweight quadruple sculls and lightweight eight and finished second in the lightweight single sculls at the 2013 Canadian Henley.

National Results

Won the lightweight pair at the 2019 Senior, U23, U19, Para World Championships Trials III...Finished fourth in the lightweight double sculls at the 2019 Senior World Championships Trials II...Won the quadruple sculls at the 2018 USRowing Club National Championships...Won the lightweight quadruple sculls at the 2017 Senior World Championships Trials...Finished fourth in the lightweight single sculls at the 2017 National Selection Regatta I...Won the lightweight double sculls and lightweight quadruple sculls at the 2014 USRowing National Championships...Won the lightweight double sculls at the 2013 USRowing National Championships...Won the lightweight single sculls and lightweight pair at the 2012 USRowing National Championships...Finished first in the collegiate eight at the 2002 Head of the Charles.


Cara was Lehigh University’s Athlete of the Year and Most Valuable Female Rower in 2005. She was senior captain of women's varsity crew in 2004-05. She enjoys writing, cooking, listening to podcasts, reading autobiographies and memoirs, traveling and eating the local cuisine, and drinking coffee. Cara loves to write and is fascinated by the human mind and psychology of sport. She marries the two at her blog, which she hopes is a resource for young rowers and aspiring elites ( She will be celebrating her 11th wedding anniversary in November. One of her favorite things to do is spend time with her husband. They started dating freshman year in college, so actually have been together for almost 18 years. Cara loves weightlifting and hopes to pursue Olympic lifting (for fun, not in competition) when she’s done rowing. She also wants to learn to play golf. She was a swimmer growing up and one of her teammates who was a year older started rowing her freshman year of college. Cara erged with her when she came home for winter break, and then went to check out the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia. She walked on the team as a freshman at Lehigh, fell in love and never looked back. She lists her mom as her personal hero because she is strong, smart, generous, and just simply incredible.

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