CANES BASKETBALL LEGEND AND CURRENT MAYOR OF DANIA BEACH TAMARA JAMES DISCUSSES HER DECISION TO COME TO UM, HER RECORD-SETTING CAREER, HOW HER PRO CAREER LED HER OVERSEAS AND HOW HER BASKETBALL BACKGROUND HAS HELPED HER NAVIGATE HER NEW ROLE AS A PUBLIC SERVANT ON THE BEHIND THE U PODCAST

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University of Miami Athletics

Monika Sajincic

Class

Freshman

Hometown

Piran, Slovenia

High School

Gimnazina Piran HS

Sophomore (2008-09)
Opened the season rowing bow for the Open Four boat at the Head of the Oklahoma Regatta … Crew finished with a time of 16:32.549 to finish just two seconds out of second place … Registered a winning performance (17:06.421) in single sculls action by over a minute … Earned a winning time during night sprints of the Head of the Oklahoma Regatta serving bow for the Collegiate Four, posting a time of 15:51.753 … Once again rowed bow for the Varsity Eight crew that posted a winning time of 15:41.6 in a home tri-race against Barry and Nova Southeastern … Teamed with Alexa McCanick in 2X competition for a winning mark of 15:53.3 … Sat bow for the V8+ boat at the annual Rivanna Romp hosted by the University of Virginia … Helped guide the UM crew to a ninth place finish out of 23 participating boats, finishing with a time of 13:55.80 … Helped the Varsity Eight crew to a time of 6:56.41 in their heat at the Aramark Sprints South/Central regional Championships … Rowed in the same position for the “C” finals the next day, pushing the `Canes crew across at 6:37.25 … Rowed bow in the Varsity Four of the Rivanna Romp, scoring a third place performance in the race … Rowed two-seat for the V8+ in a tri-race with Rochester and Dowling, rowing to a winning mark of 6:52.06 in the spring home-opener for UM … Rowed two-seat in her next race against UConn … Rowed bow for the third place V8+ crew at the QACC Championships in Tennessee … The V8+ crew registered a winning time of 6:50.10 … Rowed bow for Varsity Eight competing for the Jessop-Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic … Helped the V8+ to a fourth place finish, and finishing ahead of UC Davis, on the final day of competition while competing for the Women’s Collegiate Varsity Invitational Petite … Saw time sitting five-seat for the Varsity Eight at the Windermere Cup/Opening Day Regatta hosted by the University of Washington.

Freshman (2007-08)
Took part in her first event against UCF in a head-to-head meeting (Mar. 29) … Rowed seven seat for the Varsity Eight for the Hurricanes helping the team to a finishing time of 6:44.64 … Again was seven seat for the first place crew (Varsity Eight) in a race versus Eastern Michigan (Apr. 6) as they posted a time of 7:07.32 in the Varsity Eight … Again rowed seven seat for the first place crew in a race versus Eastern Michigan (Apr. 6) as they posted a time of 7:07.32 in V8 … Assisted V8 crew’s fourth place finish at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championships and a time of 6:46.3 … Rowed in two events against Jacksonville, 1V8 and V4 … Varsity Eight team picked up a first place time of 5:52.6 … V4 team, “B” squad” collected a second place time of 6:22.7 for the event … Assisted the Orange and Green in season finale at Aramark Central/Sprint South race (May 17-18) and a first place time of 6:51.20 in the C-final.

High School/Prep
Enjoyed a great deal of success at the prep level internationally dating back to 2005 … In 2006 and 2007, won the Slovenian national championship in singles scull in addition to a fifth-place finish in the lightweight single at the World Under-23 Championships in Strathclyde, Scotland in 2007 … At the Junior World Championships, placed ninth in 2006 in the junior women’s quad in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and 13th in 2005 in the junior women’s double in Brandenburg, Germany.

Personal
Majoring in Biochemistry at Miami … Daughter of Luèka Rupert-Sajinèiè and Mojmir Sajinèiè … First impression of Miami was that it had a lot of different people and a culture explosion.

At the Starting Line with Sajinèiè
Enjoys listening to classical music, snowboarding and nature sciences … Chose to attend Miami because of a good education and it’s an attractive city … Favorite rowing memory is traveling across Europe to different regattas and cities … Asks herself why she chose to participate in rowing before each race to remind her of hard work … Spent last summer practicing for the World Championships in Germany.