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Tulsa, Okla. - Pause at the Release is our periodic feature in which we highlight the perspective of one or more 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.

Pause at the Release: Reflection on the pathway to trials, racing at trials and competing for Team USA

The pathway to trials is a long one. Before boats can go to trials, the coaches have to figure out who will be in them. We spend multiple practices seat racing, and it is a very stressful time for everybody. It's a time where you have to put everything behind you except for your goals of winning, because when all is said and done, you either made the boat or you didn't. Afterwards, you can really focus on the goal, which is trials.

I am unbelievably excited about getting to go on a trip to Austria, but I am even more excited about my status as a U23 National Team Member. One goal I have for the World Championships is to stay calm while in Austria. It will be easy to get myself nervous about the race, but too many nerves bring mistakes. My biggest goal for this race is to bring home a medal for the USA!

Jamie Roloff, Class of 2015
Member USA Under 23 Team
Bow LTW 4X

After school ended, I spent a few weeks at home in Sarasota, Fla., before heading to Philadelphia to train at Vesper Boat Club. I am part of Vesper's Under 23 Lightweight Women's camp. At camp we spent about two-and-a-half weeks selecting boats for the Under 23 World Championship Trials. When all was said and done, it was determined that I would be racing in the Lightweight 1x at Trials. Thanks in part to having the opportunity to race the 1x this fall at TU and spending more time training in small boats, I went from finishing last in the same event last summer to qualifying for worlds this summer. My teammates and I are departing for Austria on July 19th. I am very excited for this opportunity to represent the United States in international competition, as well as see Europe for the very first time. I am especially excited to respect the US with not only my Vesper teammates, but also with two of my TU teammates,>Jamie Roloff and Emalia Seto.

Colleen Wohlrab, Class of 2015
Member USA Under 23 Team

For U23 Trials, I chose to row at Vesper Boat Club this summer. I don't have a lot of sculling experience (only a base of swing rowing in singles) so this summer was a learning experience. I did not know what boat or if I was even going to be competing at U23 trials for Vesper. I spent a lot of time prior to trials becoming comfortable in sculling boats and learning the technique. About a little less than a week before trials after some seat racing, I was placed in Vesper's Lightweight Double at trials. From the Thursday before trials, my partner, Alex, and I worked on learning to row together since we had never rowed together before. I was very nervous for trials, but our goal was to have a clean smooth race and trust that our base work would carry us to finish first.

I am very excited and honored to be part of the U23 National Team going to compete in Austria. This will be my first experience racing internationally and at this level, so my goal is to put in solid races and to take it all in.

Emalia Seto, Sophomore
Member USA Under 23 Team
Bow LTW 2X

Reflection on the pathway to trials, racing at Trials:

It was a really fun experience. The fact that my first time at U23 trials was also my first 2k race in a Single compounded my excitement! When I began camp, I knew I had a lot of learning to do, and needed to take my training to a new level. I know the strength, skills and discipline I have learned this summer are something I will carry into my final season at Tulsa."

Zoe Fleischmann, Class of 2014

My journey to U23 trials really began when I decided to train at GMS Rowing Center again this summer. I was really excited about getting back to sculling and rowing on the beautiful water in Connecticut. When training started there were a lot of long rows. We were racking up about 20k a day, if not more. We did a lot of timed rows where the coaches would say go row for 90 minutes. I liked these because it was a way to test how much you have improved by the distances you went. Besides long rows we also did timed race pieces. These were also really good at judging your improvement. Our coaches also gave us percentages of our times based off of the national record in our event so we could see where we stood against the rowers who are already holding places on the national team. With all the training we had done I really wasn't too nervous about racing at trials. I trusted that what I had done up until that point would help me compete to the best of my ability.

Amy Nelson, Class of 2014

The road to trials not only began once I got to GMS this summer, but it started the moment I began training with TU's rowing team last fall. The training has been hard and never gets easier. However, it is so rewarding seeing results from my hard work and dedication to this sport. The work leading up to trials consisted of hundreds of miles of work on the water, on the erg and countless hours in the weight room. I wouldn't trade this experience for the world, and I know in the end I am going to come back to TU as a stronger, faster athlete.

Marissa Catalanotto, Class of 2016



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