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Pause at the Release: Lessons Learned

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May 7, 2012

Freshmen - 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.

Lessons Learned from the Senior Class of 2012

1) Patience is key to success. When you work hard and balance all parts of being an athlete - school, rowing and service - you make a huge impact on the team. Working together, one step at a time, the seniors have progressed into amazing teammates, which I strive to be. - Amanda Ames

2) It is important to enjoy and to make the most of the time we have. Time flies by very quickly. - Anna Proffitt

3) How to "leave it on the water". Whether it's been a good practice or a bad one, they've demonstrated that what happens on the water (mistakes, missed strokes, etc.) stays on the water. Our mature seniors know exactly how to give and receive constructive criticism. - Allison Kiefer

4) Perseverance on and off the water can make us all faster. Especially when we are adaptable and open-minded. That's when we really succeed! - Angela Metzler

5) Set the Standard. Our seniors are exemplary role models for the entire TU women's rowing program in terms of skill, sportsmanship, passion and vision. Their enthusiasm for the sport and overall love for our team have been key components in what pushes us to become a faster, stronger, more dynamic group of athletes. - Lauren Mann

 

 

6) Dynamic Leadership. Every senior has showed leadership within the team and has brought unique attributes that will greatly be missed. They have taught me to always push my limits, to never be satisfied and to take advantage of every opportunity thrown at you. I am privileged to be teammates with such wonderful women. - Melissa Urquhart

7) Pushing the Limits. The seniors this year have taught all of the underclassmen about pushing our limits athletically. They have served as examples for all us to emulate, which has helped the whole team gain speed. All of the seniors have taught us how to be gracious competitors as well. - Colleen Wohlrab

8) Leadership & Friendship from Top to Bottom. I have learned from the seniors some qualities like leadership, hard work and friendship. This graduating class has done an amazing job in leading the team, not just the captains, but everyone in the class. They have always been the example. They are definitely people to look up to. They came here without knowing each other at all, and throughout the years they've developed a friendship that is going to last for the rest of their lives. They are more than teammates; they are friends willing to help each other at all times. They all work hard to make the team fast, and to develop a positive attitude. They also work hard to accomplish the goals that they have set throughout the year. In a few days they are graduating, but they leave these qualities and these lessons with the team. I know that the classes behind them will work just as hard to make our team every better and faster. - Patrizia Perazzo

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