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Aug. 16, 2011

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.

Incoming Freshmen Summer Activities

Amy Richardson
My summer has been full of travel! I went canyon-ing and repelling down waterfalls in Brazil. Now I am in the very tippy top of Michigan for two weeks where I have climbed to one of the highest points. My workouts this summer have varied depending on where I am at the time! I mainly have been running and biking across Brazil, Missouri, Tulsa and Michigan. My cross country year was great. I was voted captain by my teammates. I broke 13 minutes in the two mile and ran a 12:53. I placed 18th at state and was honorable mention to the All-Metro cross country team. For rowing it was my novice year with the Tulsa Rowing Club juniors and I was rowing with varsity in the end. We placed 5th at central districts in our 8+.

Jamie Roloff
I just started training in a U23 Lightweight Eight for Canadian Henley. My favorite recent workout was 4x750 with everyone in singles! I'm rowing for Vesper this summer, and I have been racing a lot in a quad and the single. I haven't had much time for many fun trips, because crew takes up all my time!!

Jamie is an accomplished lightweight single sculler with much of her race experience against open weight rowers.

Stotesbury Cup- 4th Place Varsity Single Scholastic Nationals-3rd Place Varsity Single Youth Nationals-7th Place Varsity Single Schuylkill Navy Regatta-1st Place Varsity Single,1st Place Intermediate Quad U23 World Championship Trials-2nd Place Women's Lightweight Single Independence Day Regatta-1st Place Junior Quad, 1st Place Lightweight Single Dash



Colleen Wohlrab
I've been sculling quite a bit this summer, as well as some other cross-training. I've enjoyed swimming and running as a way to keep my cardio base strong. I cannot wait for this fall!

Colleen is a National Champion in the light 4+. She stroked the Sarasota Scullers to victory at the USRowing Youth National Championship in Oakridge, TN.

Melissa Urquhart
I've been rowing a lot this summer. My double partner and I went to trials, but came up short by coming in 5th; we needed 4th to advance. Now I'm rowing for the summer and planning on going to the Canadian Henley. At practice we've been doing a lot of distance and AT workouts every other day. I've been rowing mostly in a single, but sometimes in a double or quad as well. Next week my family and I are going on vacation, but that doesn't mean a week off! I wake up early and go running every day, either on the beach or boardwalk.

Anna Proffitt
This summer I have been helping my dad on our farm, working out, riding roller coaster rides at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, and traveling to Lawrence to help some family. I am also camping with my family at Northern Pines; a family church camp in Green Lake, Wisconsin.

In Volleyball, Anna was a member of the Haven All-Tournament Team, Most Outstanding Athlete, Hutchinson News #1 Blocker, and Hutchinson News Honorable Mention. In basketball, Anna was named Most Outstanding Athlete-Girls and also named to the Kansas MAYB team. In Track/Field, she competed in the State Shot Put and State Discus.

Amanda Ames
My summer has been great! I actually was out of town quite often this summer. I went to Florida to visit family, then to Chicago for a regatta, and then went to a cabin in the country with family and friends. I have been working out as much as possible. My home boathouse does not have air conditioning so the huge fan has become my friend. I have been mixing in running and weights. I like the various core exercises posted on Facebook by the girls on the team. One of my favorites is the planks 2.0 -the one-legged plank!

Angela Metzler
The past few months I have been working as an intern and as a sales consultant. In addition to working, I spent two weeks in July volunteering as a counselor at a children's camp called Camp Lakeview. Upon my return from camp I was able to catch up with TU coaches and teammates, while volunteering at the Club Nationals Regatta held in Indianapolis. It was great to be able to cheer on my teammates from the stake boat! I spent a lot of time training with the team and helping them prepare for their races at practice. Recently, I have taken up sculling as a fun way to get in shape for the upcoming fall season at Tulsa.

Danielle Bertossa
I've been working out a lot this summer, getting ready for next year! Which I am VERY excited for!! My old assistant coach from last year is holding workouts at the boathouse that I have been going to. The one we did today was extremely hard. It was called the 1500 challenge and what you had to do was 1500 reps total of all different exercises. Some of the exercises were lunges, burpees, pull ups, push ups, sit ups, super skaters, dips, etc. We had to do at least 50 reps of each exercise and a max of 300. I've also been volunteering at Winter Park's learn to row in the morning. I tried sculling a couple of weeks ago! It was much more difficult than I thought it would be! Haha.

I was very happy about how my season went last year! It was definitely my best by far. My top race honors would have to be states, stotes, and nationals. We won states by A TON of open water! Stotesbury was the closest race I've ever been in. 0.08 seconds will always be in the back of my mind. And nationals was not our best race, but it was still very exciting to be in the third best lightweight eight in the nation.

Kate Cooley
This summer I have done a lot of running, including a 10k and 8k race. I've also been hitting the gym 2 times a day most days to lift weights and do spin classes. In high school, I was a varsity softball team member for four years and a co-captain my senior year. I was an all-academic athlete as well.

Kate is a walk-on athlete from Albuquerque, NM. She brings a competitive spirit and a lot of enthusiasm to our novice team.

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