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Pause at the Release: Stephanie Rogers

Stephanie Rogers
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April 17, 2012

Tulsa, Okla. - Pause at the Release is our periodic feature in which we highlight the perspective of one of our student-athletes. In these articles, the athletes share their personal experiences as part of the Golden Hurricane team with our wonderful supporters and community members. Here, you'll find the backstage story on TU Women's Rowing, told through the eyes of the athletes themselves. Check back often to see updates from more of your favorite rowers and coxswains.

Stephanie Rogers on Being a Senior

Being a senior is bittersweet. It's exciting to think about my future and starting the next chapter in my life, but it is also sad that I will be moving on from what I've known and loved for the past five years. I couldn't ask for a better last year though. Our training has been strong and we are faster than we ever have been. I am so proud of my team and I feel privileged to be able to row with such amazing women.

Coming off of winter camp, I knew our training was going to pay off. I felt stronger and more confident than I had in the past few years. We were approaching racing season which also meant 2K testing. My goal since I've been at Tulsa has been to break 7 minutes on my 2K. I came close my sophomore year with 7:07.8, then 7:09.4 my junior year. I thought well this is it, my senior year is here and I'm not going to break 7 minutes, but with our new and improved training plan, and the support of my coaches and teammates, I felt more confident and knew I would be able to reach my goal. Leap day, February 29, 2012, I went above and beyond my goal and finally broke 7 minutes with a 6:58.7. Honestly, it was one of the happiest moments in my life.

Now it is time to race, and I know we are ready. This season will be the best that Tulsa has ever seen. I have never known a group of women that were so determined, so strong and so loving towards one another. They are not just my teammates, they are my family, and I will truly miss each and every one of them when I leave, but just like family, they will always be with me.

 

 

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