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University of Miami Athletics

Caroline Fernandez

Class

Senior

Hometown

North Miami Beach, Fla.

High School

Monsignor Edward Pace HS

At Miami: Two-year letterwinner…served as coxswain in 2004-05…finished 16th in the Club “B” Four at the Head of the Hooch…in 2004-05 earned second place at Florida Fall Regatta…gold medalist at FIRA…earned first place overall at FIRA…majoring in history. At Monsignor Edward Pace: lettered in soccer.

Q&A

1.Interests and hobbies outside of rowing:
interested in soccer, surfing, shopping, sewing, listening to music, spending time with loved ones, anything art related and tri-pi.

2.List any academic honors you’ve won or class/club offices held:
Honor Roll, Who’s Who Among High School Students (four years), National Art Honor Society, and National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

3.Why did you choose the University of Miami?
It was close to home and I wasn’t ready to leave the style and class of Miami.

4.What was your first impression of Miami?
Being from Miami, it wasn’t that much of a change.

5.Who is your favorite athlete and why?
In terms of rowing, I would have to say Jessica Martin. She was MVP for the team last year and her enthusiasm for the sport is very motivational. As for professionally, I would have to say Julie Foudy, because she is an all-around amazing woman.

6.Why did you start rowing?
At FIU, the rowing team always suggested I become a coxswain, but then I transferred to Miami in the spring. I heard about the novice rowing program in the fall and have been hooked since.

7.When did you start rowing?
The beginning of last year.

8.What challenges did/do you face as a novice rower?
Everything was a challenge. Just learning some of the rowing terms was confusing. I had a lot of help from the other coxwains. I must say Meghan Leydecker helping strengthen my coxing.

9.What changes have you recently made to improve your rowing technique?
Considering that I am still new to the sport, I am still developing my coxing style so everyday is a change but this year I’m trying to get my rowers better so that I can incorporate their ideas into my coxing.

10.What is your best rowing memory?
Having the entire team win first place at FIRA’s. It was incredible.

11.Any superstitions before regattas?
Not really, I just like to make sure my boat and I have all the tools necessary to have a great race.

12.What advice would you give young people?
In the words of my sister Mary Clarence, “If you want to be somebody, if you want to go somewhere, you better wake up and pay attention.”

13.What did you do this summer?
I went on a road trip with teammate, Hannah Bae, to Virginia and DC. Besides that, I took an art class and worked at Bob Knight Photo taking high school and college graduation photos.

14.What are your goals at Miami both in sports and outside sports?
I want to make the most of my college experience. I want to be able to have a successful rowing season and also be successful in the classroom. It would be great to think back on my college years in the future and think that I’ve accomplished something great.