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University of Miami Athletics

Laura Comeau

Class

Senior

Hometown

St. Catharines Ontario, Canada

High School

Eden HS

At Miami: Three year letter winner…served as coxswain for the varsity eight at a junior in 2004-05…finished fourth in the Cal Cup Grand Final at the San Diego Crew Classic…garnered ACC Crew of the Week honors on April 4th…finished second in the varsity eight at the FIRA State Championships…finished fourth in the varsity eight at the ACC Championships… claimed a victory over Duke in the varsity four …named to the 2004-05 ACC Honor Roll…served as coxswain for the Varsity eight as a sophomore in 2003-04…gold medalist at the 2004 FIRA State Championships…silver medalist at the 2004 San Diego Crew Classic…bronze medalist at the 2004 BIG EAST…gold medalist in the Freshman/Novice 8+ and Freshman/Novice 4+, and bronze medalist in the Varsity B 4+ at the 2003 FIRA State Championships…bronze medalist with Freshman/Novice 8+ at the 2003 BIG EAST Championships…majoring in health science. Eden High School:Coached by Brian Elliot…served as coxswain…Gold medalist Collegiate four 2002 English Women’s Henley Regatta…Silver medalist in the Senior Varsity Four at the 2002 Stotesbury Cup Regatta…Gold medalist 2002 American Scholastic Rowing Association Championships…Gold medalist 2002 Canadian Schoolboy Championships. St. Catharines Rowing Club: 2002 Most Valuable Coxswain of the Year.

Q&A

1. Interests and hobbies outside of Rowing: Playing guitar, longboarding.

2. Why did you choose the University of Miami? I love the coaches here and I believe they can help me take huge steps towards my goal of making the Canadian National Team.

3. What was your first impression of Miami? It is very bright, hot ,and there are lots of palm trees. I’m from Canada, eh?

4. Who is your favorite athlete? Why? My coach and friend Brian Elliott. He knows how to work hard and keep life in perspective. He is veery inspirational to me.

5. Why did you start rowing? Brian Elliott.

6. When did you start rowing? Ninth Grade.

7. What challenges did/do you face as a novice rower? Figuring out how to steer and knowing simple rowing commands such as, “let it run!”

8. What changes have you recently made to improve your rowing technique? I record my races and transcribe them onto paper to have a clear idea of what I’m really saying and how to make that better.

9. What is your best rowing memory? Going to the Women’s English Henley with the “fab four”, Elliott, Mama Elliott, and my parents.

10. Would you ever consider rowing as a “life sport”? Yes! I know a man 74 years old who is still rowing strong.

11. What advice would you give young people? Life is meant to be lived.

12. What are your goals at Miami both in sports and outside sports? My goal is to graduate with good marks, good friends, and to be a twice as good a coxswain as I am currently.