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Pause at the Release: Recruiting

Four Tulsa rowers reflect on the recruiting process.
Four Tulsa rowers reflect on the recruiting process.
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Nov. 26, 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.

Four Tulsa rowers reflect on the recruiting process.

Sarah Ringler, Capital Crew, Gold River, Calif.
"Recruiting trips are so fast paced and exhausting that when I sat at home and looked back the things that clearly stood out in my mind are the reasons that I am at TU. Meeting the team and getting to hang out with the girls was a major influence on me. The team truly is like a family and I knew after being here only a short time that I would fit in and love it here. I also made immediate connections with other girls on my recruiting trip, which really helped my decision. We all connected over Facebook and it was so fun to see the posts as each one of us separately made our decisions and verbally committed. Signing the actual National Letter of Intent got me so excited because it was the moment I knew it was a done deal, I was an official member of The Golden Hurricane team. This fall I was so excited to get to host recruits because I remember how important and what an impact it was to meet a girl on the team and feel at home. My hope was to show them everything that I love about this place. The recruits this fall were so awesome and I am so excited to have them wear TU blue next year and get them in a boat with me!"

Angie Matel, Milwaukee Rowing Club, Greendale, Wis.
"I had a lot of fun going through the recruiting process. I got to meet all of the girls on the team and had the opportunity to roam around the campus and really get a feel for what the school was all about. All the girls on the team made it a really fun experience. I really feel that each one has the potential to make our team that much faster and stronger. Each girl has great potential and everyone is very excited to get to know them, and to train and race with them next year! Seeing all the young talent coming in makes me want to push harder to make my erg scores faster."



Jasmine McGill, Long Beach Rowing Association, Long Beach, Calif.
"Being recruited at TU was an amazing experience. I had the opportunity to come visit the campus with my best friend and teammate (who is now my roommate and still my teammate!), and I got to share the weekend with a great group of girls, most of whom are now a few doors down in my dorm. Going into the recruiting visit, TU was on my top three list. By the end of the visit, I knew that it was the school for me. I think it took me less than 48 hours once I got home to send Coach Kevin an email telling him he was stuck with me for the next 4 years. I have no regrets. Coming here was the best decision I could have made. Seeing the new recruits this year and being able to meet them and know that they'll be here next year is exciting. I know that they will help raise this team up and bring us to the next level of competition. They already push the team as a whole to work harder and to get faster. We are getting stronger everyday, and it is incredible to be a part of it."

Emily Farrar, Pittsford Crew , Pittsford, N.Y.
"Being recruited by TU was really exciting, especially thinking that a team in Oklahoma (which I never knew had so much water!) wanted me. Official visits are exciting, and there is a lot to take in on them. The campus, the team, the coaches and the school collectively made it easy for me to sign my NLI. My high school coaches were there when I signed it, and it was nice to have them supporting me as well as my family in the next big, but exciting, step. Right now, my future teammates are going through the same emotions I had, the feelings of excitement and nervousness. They are all strong, kind, confident young women, who will push this team farther and make us faster. I'm really looking forward to what the class of 2017 will bring to make this family shine brighter."

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