March 13, 2013

Her teammates gawk in awe at her impressive times on the erg, but one would never know due to the fact that Rixt Miedema is one of the most humble members of the team. A novice her freshman year, Miedema competed in every single racing boat her sophomore year before settling into the second varsity eight for the NCAA Championships. Miedema took some time out of her busy schedule to talk a little about her rowing career so far.

Why did you decide to attend The Ohio State University?

“I was excited about all the opportunities such as large, diverse university had to offer, especially within the agricultural field.”

What advice do you have for potential or new recruits?

“Take advantage of all the opportunities our special team has to offer and try to make the most out of every single practice.”

What are your individual goals? Team goals?

“I would like for both my boat and our team to recapture our 2011 Big Ten Championship title.”

What is your favorite part about being a member of the women’s rowing team?

“I love being part of such an amazing group of women. My teammates are a huge inspiration to me.”

What is your favorite type of workout?

“The 2x6k, I generally enjoy long distance workouts that don’t require extremely high stroke ratings.”

Coach Teitelbaum has a stroke of kindness and gives the team the entire day off, what do you do with it?

“I’d spend the day on my family’s dairy farm.”

What is your favorite part of the new Griggs Reservoir Boathouse?

“I love the team room overlooking the Scioto River, but after cold winter practices I’d say the hot showers are by far my favorite aspect of the boathouse.”

What is your favorite post-workout snack?

“Chocolate milk is always the best after a hard workout.”

If you played another sport at Ohio State, what would it be and why?

“I think I would play soccer. It looks cool.”

Which teammate gives you the most inspiration and guidance?

“Allison Elber- she’s been my pair partner for the majority of the year and has definitely helped me become a better rower. “ 

What race are you looking forward to the most this spring?

“I’m most looking forward to the Big Ten Championships. My most memorable race took place my novice year at the 2011 Big Ten Championships, which our team won!”