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Pause at the Release: Homecoming

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Oct. 17, 2012

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.

The seniors are excited for homecoming weekend, alumni row, parents weekend and racing Kansas!

Molly Selig "I look forward to this weekend each year. TU holds several events that welcome all the families and friends of our hurricane family. Coming together with alumni and celebrating our Tulsa spirit is really a site to see. Racing this weekend adds to my excitement of homecoming and I can't wait to get out on our home course!"

Amanda Schenk "As this is my last homecoming, I am especially excited. It is a chance to connect with the alumni who have made the opportunities we have even a possibility for us, and this year, it is also a chance to do some fast racing. Racing Kansas is an awesome opportunity for us at this point in the season, and it is fun to be able to do this at home with family and friends watching. As a senior, this weekend gives me a chance to reflect on the years I've had at Tulsa, and also share in the excitement of the freshmen rowers as they experience their first homecoming. I am thankful that my dad and brother are able to attend homecoming for this first time this year, and it will be wonderful to share this experience with my family members and my other senior classmates."

Allyson Brooks "We are all excited about everything going on this weekend. It's such a great feeling when we have all the alumni back each year at our alumni row so they can see how far the program has come, especially with their help. To have Kansas come down here to race us is something that has never happened and it will be a lot of fun to scrimmage them now, before our final race in the fall and before our spring season kicks into gear."



Meredith Papps "As seniors, it is so exciting to be getting ready for our fourth homecoming weekend and alumnae regatta! This year is extra special because we get to put our hard work to the test in our scrimmage against Kansas! But more importantly, we use this weekend to take the time to honor the women who have gotten us to where we are today. In less than a year, I will be an alum of the team as well and I hope to be able to say that I made as much of an impact on the team as those who have gone before me."

Megan Melott-Elliott "It's crazy to think that this is our last parent's weekend and homecoming before we are coming back as Alumni. I'm glad that my mom and husband are going to get to come watch our races against KU and experience all the festivities. I'm looking forward to racing my heart out at our last fall regatta on our home course!"

Rosie McCarthy "I'm really excited to have Kansas come race us at our home course. We have only had SMU come race at our home course from our conference. Having Kansas come during homecoming is a great way to show our friends, family and alumni how much we are growing as a team."

Megan Fitzpatrick "This is the first time Tulsa Rowing will be able to host a race on Homecoming weekend. The team is very excited to be able to represent the University and welcome our alumni back to the J. Bird Shell Nest. The race against Kansas allows us to compete with one of our Conference Rivals in both a long race and short race style pieces. These two days will provide an opportunity for our team to gear up and prep for our premier fall race, the Head of the Hooch. We hope our Golden Hurricane fans will come out and watch us take on Kansas on Friday afternoon and hang around for an opportunity to get in a boat and learn to row!"

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Contact Natasha Ostopovich at natasha-ostopovich@utulsa.edu