Everyday Champion - McKenna Lowe
May 5, 2010
McKenna Lowe, a junior on the Oregon State softball team from Tustin, Calif., comes from a very softball oriented family. Her older sister, Caitlin, was an All-American at the University of Arizona and now is a member of the United States National Team, while Paige was an All-Region selection while playing at Oregon State. McKenna earned All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honorable mention accolades during her rookie season and strung together a 12-game hitting streak to open her college experience.
McKenna has started nearly every game since she’s been at Oregon State and gets the job done not only on the field but also in the classroom. A business major, Lowe was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention squad last season, and looks to either open her own business or be a sales representative for a sports apparel company once she finishes at Oregon State. She continues to help the team maintain its goal of a 3.0 GPA or higher every term, by herself earning at least that since she’s been at Oregon State.
The Beavers head into their final home weekend of the 2010 season against No. 7 Arizona State this weekend with Lowe in the starting lineup in left field.
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Q: Why did you choose to come to Oregon State?
A: I chose to come to Oregon State because the campus is beautiful, it has a great family atmosphere and my older sister was on the softball team, so that was a big plus.
Q: Is there anything that surprised you about Oregon State?
A: Everyone is very helpful, especially the professors and administrators. I know I can get help any time I need it, whether with school, softball or personal needs.
Q: What’s the best thing about Corvallis?
A: The best thing about Corvallis is the beautiful atmosphere and the people.
Q: How do you balance being a student athlete?
A: Time management is key when trying to balance being a student and an athlete.
Q: You’re majoring in business, what do you plan on doing with your degree?
I’m majoring in business with an emphasis in management and plan on after school either opening and managing my own business or being a sales representative for a sports apparel company.
Q: What does a scholarship mean to you?
A: Without a scholarship through the BASF, I wouldn’t be able to attend such great university or get this quality of education.
Q: What’s the best part of playing for Coach Walker?
A: The best part about playing for Kirk is the amount of knowledge he has about this sport and the dedication he puts toward our program.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about softball?
A: My favorite thing about softball is it helps me stay fit, and I like the competition.
Q: Do you have a special routine before stepping into the batter’s box?
A: The only routine I have is I like to stretch pretty thoroughly and get focused.
Q: How did you get interested in playing softball?
A: My sisters, Caitlin and Paige, were really talented at softball, and so I started playing at a higher level with them since the beginning. And I’ve continued to play at a high level with help from them.
Q: What do you like to do for fun?
A: I like to shop online, relax, do things outdoors and hang out with friends.
Q: Who have been some of the most influential people at Oregon State?
A: My professors, teammates and other peers have been the most influential because they’ve helped shape me as a person and helped make my experience here a great one.