April 23, 2014

Rowing   |   Rowing

Eelkje Miedema
Circleville, Ohio

A three-year varsity member of the rowing program, Miedema was a part of the 2013 NCAA Championship Ohio State rowing team, which made history as the first Big Ten team to win a national team title in rowing and the first women’s program at Ohio State to win an NCAA Championship. A CRCA Central All-Region First Team and CRCA Second Team All-American, Miedema won a bronze medal at the 2013 NCAA Championships and a gold medal at the 2013 Big Ten Championships with the first varsity eight, and has helped the first varsity eight crew to a perfect 6-0 record in 2014. The Circleville, Ohio, native and animal sciences major is a two-time Big Ten Team and Individual Champion as well as a two-time Academic All-Big Ten and four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

Student Life
Do you prefer the Oval in the Fall or Spring – The spring
Where is the best place to sit for lectures – One of the back rows
Most underrated place to study on campus – The CFAES library
Why did you choose to major in Animal Sciences? – I was interested in going to vet school and come from an agricultural background, so it seemed like a fitting choice.
Describe your first day as a student at The Ohio State University – My first day involved a lot of speed walking between classes held on main campus and agriculture campus since I wasn’t familiar with the bus system yet.

Popular Culture
Favorite TV show – New Girl
Favorite movie – The Heat
Favorite book and/or magazine – To Kill a Mockingbird
Favorite singer or musical group – Keith Urban
Last concert I attended was – OneRepublic

Favorite athlete – OSU alum Ben Hartsock
The athlete I would most like to compete against – University of California’s 1V8 boat, because they’re one of the best crews in the country.
Favorite athletic memory – Winning the team title at the NCAA championships last year
Team you’re most looking forward to competing against – Brown University, because they’ve had an impressive season so far and have a history of winning championships.
What is your top skill and what do you need to improve? – I can produce power but need to improve my precision and accuracy on the water.

Most interesting place I’ve visited – Norway
Place I would like to visit – Argentina

Favorite home cooked meal – Lasagna
Favorite snack food – Trail mix

Person/People I most admire – My grandmother
The greatest risk I’ve ever taken was – Couchsurfing in Europe
In 10 years, I would like to be – a veterinarian who loves her job
If I had a million dollars, I would – pay off any student loans, travel, and give to people and charitable causes I care about
Coolest thing you did this past summer – spending the summer in Boston and rowing on the Charles River
Most prized possession – my family and friends
I would like to trade places for a day with – Adam Richman from the Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food”
Dream event (non-sport or sport related) you would like to attend – the Olympic Games, where I hope to see some of my teammates compete in the future
If your parents/guardians bragged about you, what would they say? – They admire my sense of determination.
If you had dinner with three people, who would they be and what would you eat? – Mellissa McCarthy, Nelson Mandela, and either Lewis or Clark at the Cracker Barrel
Pop or Soda? – Pop
Cats or Dogs? – Dogs
Early Bird or Night Owl? – Night Owl
Would you be the O, H, I or the O? – The I
What is your hometown known for? – The Circleville Pumpkin Show