April 17, 2012
University of Minnesota freshmen Rebecca Braak and Jacqueline Stein learned Tuesday that they are two of just 24 athletes nationally to have been accepted to USRowing's 2012 Women's Freshman Camp set to take place June 11-17 in Seattle, Wash.
"We are excited that Jackie and Becca were invited to the freshman camp," Minnesota rowing head coach Wendy Davis said. "They are two of our up-and-comers, and have definite potential to be part of the national team system."
Hosted by the University of Washington and coached by UW women's varsity assistant coach Conor Bullis, the camp is geared toward athletes with elite-level potential and aspirations, but who have only one or two years of rowing experience.
The goal of the camp is to expose the athlete to the U.S. National Team experience, training 2-3 times per day, rowing in many boat categories, learning technical and physiological basics and training with athletes of a similar caliber.
Braak has rowed in the fifth seat for the first varsity eight as a freshman, helping the Gophers to wins over Buffalo, Kansas, Indiana and San Diego, while Stein has served as the coxswain for the first varsity four in her first campaign. With the 1V4, Stein has paced the Maroon and Gold to victories vs. Buffalo, Kansas, Notre Dame, Duke, Indiana, San Diego, Northeastern, Penn and Michigan State.
Fellow rookie Samantha Otterson was selected to the Wait List for the camp.
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