Fox College Sports presented the first-ever National Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Oct. 19-21 at Lake Lewisville, Texas, and UW-Whitewater freshman Kim Larsen was the first and only female angler to attend.
Larsen, of Waterford, attended the tournament as a member of the UW-Whitewater fishing team, along with four other UW-Whitewater students, taking 24th and 27th place in the 41-team tournament.
"It was a great atmosphere for fishing and it was pretty serious. I enjoyed just being there and having the chance to talk to so many people," Larsen said.
Larsen started fishing when she was young, only recently becoming more involved in fishing competitively. Traveling across Wisconsin during the summer, she spent hours learning different lakes and techniques, now competing regularly in tournaments.
"After attending the tournament in Texas, I am more motivated to pursue fishing. Female professionals gave me great advice and encouragement, and I want to be recognized for my talent," Larsen said. "Besides, I agree with the professionals; fish don't know the difference, male or female."
UW-Whitewater's fishing team has approximately 20 members from a variety of majors who share a common interest in fishing. Several of the members have their own boats and fish the many Wisconsin lakes, whereas others have taken part in tournaments across the United States.
The fishing team meets at 5 p.m. the first Monday of every month in the Williams Center, Room 144. The team is open to anyone interested in fishing. To learn more, contact president Adam Eisele at firstname.lastname@example.org.