KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (UTSports.com)-- As the Junior World Rowing Championships begin, Tennessee now has two incoming freshmen prepared to represent their country in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Freshman Hannah Malzahn is set to represent Team USA in the coxswain of the Women's Youth 8+, a first for her career.
“I have never done anything like this before, so I am very honored to be able to do this,” Malzahn said about her opportunity. “I think that I am most excited to race at the international level. There will be boats from all over the world, speaking different languages, and it is amazing that this sport will bring so many people together. I am also looking forward to experiencing a new culture while in Rio.”
Pari Baker, who will represent Team Canada, joins Malzahn as the other freshman competing in the championships.
"I credit our staff for doing a great job of finding prospects such as Pari, Hannah and the other incoming freshmen during fall 2013 and spring 2014,” head coach Lisa Glenn said. “Our freshmen know if they are not preparing by competing at Worlds, they are preparing here, and elsewhere, for the atmosphere and expectations of the Tennessee Rowing Program."
"Hannah was a very good fit for our program when she had her official visit last fall,” Glenn said. “She is passionate about rowing and works consistently to lead her crews to the best of her ability.”
With the two freshmen competing in the World Championships, Glenn is beginning to establish a standard for her current and incoming rowers.
"What we want for all of our student-athletes at Tennessee is passion for pursuing greatness,” Glenn said. “Those who truly seek excellence are grateful for the opportunity, every day, to engage in that challenging process.”
The championships run from August 5-9, and Malzahn looks forward to making the most of her experience in Rio.
“It is very cool being able to represent Team USA,” Malzahn said. “It's rare that someone gets to represent their country while performing in the sport that they love, so I'm extremely grateful and lucky for this opportunity.”