July 11, 2019

Meet Julia Gorka - Trinity Women's Rowing

Julia Gorka, Trinity Courtesy of Trinity Sports Information

Julia Gorka made the most of her four years at Trinity and exemplified what it means to be a student-athlete at a Division III liberal arts institution.

A captain of the women's rowing team, she was a member of Trinity’s varsity-eight as a junior and senior and worked her way back from an injury that cost her much of her sophomore season.  In 2019, Gorka helped the Bantams climb back into the national picture, as the team rose to as high as No. 11 in the nation this spring.

Gorka garnered countless academic accolades as a Bantam, including being honored with a College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar-Athlete award twice and was a two-time New England Rowing Championships (NERC) All-Scholar Team selected. She also earned a spot on the National Invitational Rowing Championships (NIRC) All-Academic Team twice and was also a three-time NESCAC All-Academic Team selection.

Gorka, a native of McLean, Va., carried a 3.96 GPA while majoring in public policy and law at Trinity. She was honored with the Board of Fellows Award winner as the college’s junior female scholar-athlete of the year in 2018 and in 2019 she was the recipient of the Susan E. Martin Award which is presented annually to the senior woman who has combined excellence in competition with excellence in the classroom.

Gorka was active on the Trinity campus in a variety of causes. She tutored fellow students as a writing associate at the college’s writing center and managed an on-campus coffee shop in the library.  Gorka also did an internship at the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence and plans to attend law school.