Nicole pictured with her teammates (second from the left).
We asked our alumni to answer three questions about their experience with TYRA. Rowing in college might not be for everyone, however, for some student-athletes, it’s the perfect ticket to continue a life-long passion for the sport and get a great education. We have had many student athletes graduate the program and attend universities and colleges such as MIT, Boston University, Yale, Gonzaga, The University of Tulsa, The University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, The University of Central Oklahoma, University of Virginia, Southern Methodist University, The University of Kansas and Washington University to name a few.
Please describe any college opportunities that have occurred because of your time rowing with TYRA.
OCU is a small university that I would never have discovered without rowing. Being recruited to row here has exposed me to the best possible education and provided me with incredible opportunities in the classroom, on the water and in other ways that I couldn’t have planned or dreamed of. Without rowing, I doubt I would have discovered the passions and interests in my life, and I would not have been able to attend the university that fosters this.
What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about trying the sport of rowing for the first time?
You are going to mess up over a million times, and it may take years for it to feel right. However, there is not a better sport to test yourself either mentally and physically, neither is there one more rewarding once you get out there.
What is the most important thing you learned while you were involved with TYRA?
The value of a team and coaches that truly support you regardless, and how the sport develops as a family, not just teammates that practice together.
TYRA is offering summer camps in the month of June for beginners to the sport. For more information on the upcoming camps, please click on the graphic below.