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June 26, 2013

West Windsor, N.J. - Jamie Roloff, Emalia Seto and Colleen Wohlrab will not only represent The University of Tulsa, but the United States as well, as the trio all earned a spot on the US Rowing Under 23 National Team.

"We had six women at trials this week, which is a tremendous step for our program," Tulsa Head Coach Kevin Harris said. "It is amazing that three of them made the team. It is a first for our program, and there aren't many teams that have the privilege of having more than one on the team at a time. Rowing on the U23 team is a dream of most rowers in college and it is nice to see our women train at a level that allows them to reach their goals. I am really proud of these six women."

The Tulsa trio competed in trials on Lake Mercer in West Winsor, N.J. and earned a spot in one of the 15 boat classes that will compete July 24-28, in Linz, Austria.

Roloff, a junior from Richboro, Pa., will race in the Four in Austria. She has raced in 13 regattas for TU, racing primarily in the Lightweight 4+ and Lightweight 8+ boats, and helped the Hurricane's LW8+ post third-place marks at the Knecht Cup and Dad Vail earlier this year.

"TU not only gives me the atmosphere to be the best I can be, but it also gives me the motivation and support I need to continue rowing at this level," Roloff said. "I lost trials last year, and it would have been very easy for me lose motivation. At TU, my coaches and teammates have high expectations for me and each other, and without having those kind of people in my life, I would not have been able to get to this level."

A sophomore from El Dorado Hills, Calif., Seto will race in the Double for the National Team. She competed in six regattas as a true freshman last season and also raced in the Lightweight 4+ and Lightweight 8+ events to help earn the third-place marks at the Knecht Cup and Dad Vail.

 

 

"This is a representation of the hard work, sacrifice and dedication I have given for the sport," Seto said. "It is the accumulation of years of hard work, and my passion for this sport grows with every race. It is an incredible experience to train and race with girls from all over the country and I am excited to compete at the international level."

Wohlrab, a junior from Sarasota, Fla., will compete in the Lightweight Single in Austria. She has raced in 12 regattas and also races as a member of the Hurricane's lightweight crews. This year, Wohlrab raced the Lightweight 1x to fifth-place marks at both the Head of the Oklahoma and Head of the Hooch.

"It was great having so many of our TU teammates at trials," Wohlrab said. "I felt very comfortable and confident knowing that my teammates were there with me."

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