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Tulsa Walk-On Rowers on Why They Joined the Team
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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.

Tulsa Walk-On Rowers on Why They Joined the Team

Patrizia Perazzo, Light Weight, Sophomore, Arts and Sciences
I've always enjoyed doing sports and what I loved the most about them is competing. When I started college last fall, I decided to try rowing and I loved it! There is no other sport that I would rather be doing. Also one of the things that made me stick with it were my teammates. They could not have been more supportive. It's a really unique sport, and in the short period that I've been doing it, I've really enjoyed it.

Brooke Helmberger, Open Weight, Junior, Psychology and Spanish
I thought novice rowing was going to be all work and no play, I was wrong! From team dinners and morning rows to spontaneous sleepovers and fun times in 15-passenger vans, there was never a dull moment. We have all kinds of inside jokes and always know how to bring fun to even the toughest practices. My favorite part about being a TU Rower is all of the friendships I have made. I can't even walk across campus without running into a teammate, and there is a great sense of community. Also, being able to eat 24/7 is a definite plus!

Allison Kiefer, Open Weight, Sophomore, Nursing
I've played sports my entire life, so I felt like I was missing something at college when I wasn't on an athletic team. Rowing turned out to be that something for me.



Lauren Mann, Light Weight, Junior, Arts and Sciences
As a freshman at TU, I was convinced I had been burnt out on sports after 10 years of competitive volleyball. My sophomore year was when I realized I still needed that sense of team spirit and structured athletic discipline, and Tulsa Rowing offered me exactly that. I'm excited for a new year and even faster boats!

Jerusha Blankenship, Open Weight, Freshman, Psychology
I remember as a kid dreaming of being a Golden Hurricane athlete. When the opportunity arose for me to walk on to the TU rowing team it was a dream come true. I loved the dynamic of the team and the coaches and am so excited I get to be apart of it.

Renee Vanasse, Open Weight, Junior, Economics
I didn't plan on joining the rowing team when I first came to Tulsa. It wasn't even on my radar, but my first week here someone suggested that I give it a try and I thought, Sure, Why not? I had been involved in athletics in high school and wanted to stay fit. Fast forward a couple years and I can't imagine my life without the team. I am so glad to have been given the opportunity to learn this sport that I love, and to travel all over the country competing at a high level, but most of all I am thankful for the true and lasting friends I have in my teammates.

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