Student-Athlete Spotlight: Eelkje Miedema, Rowing

April 23, 2014

Eelkje Miedema, Student=Athlete Spotlight

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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