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Olivia Arkell




Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

High School

Kelowna Secondary School

Junior (2007-08)…
Rowing in two and seven seat of the Second Varsity Eight, helped crew to first place finish against Eastern Michigan (7:24.83) on Apr. 6 in Ypsilanti, Mich. … 2V8 posted a sixth place finish at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championships in Clemson, S.C. … Raced in two seat against Jacksonville (Apr. 26) where she helped the Hurricanes to a second place finish with a time of 5:54.7 … 2V8 crew went fifth overall at the Aramark Central/South Sprints in Oak Ridge, Tenn. (May 17-18) with a finishing time of 7:14.40 … Arkell finished the season in two seat.

Sophomore (2006-07)…
One-year letter winner… Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2005 and 2007 … A part of the JV 8 that beat Iowa at the 2007 Longhorn Invitational … Placed first in the JV8 petite race and fourth in the Women’s Open C at the 2007 San Diego Crew Classic … Beat Alabama in dual meet competition as a part of the JV eight (Apr. 28).

Freshman (2005-06)…
Competed in 2005-06 in the novice eight, novice four and varsity four … First place in varsity four C Final at 2006 South/Central Sprints … Fourth in novice eight at 2006 ACC Championships … Gold medalist in novice four at 2006 SIRA Championships … Named ACC Crew of the Week (Apr. 16) … Gold medalist in novice eight at FIRA State Championships … Silver medalist in novice eight at 2005 Florida Fall Regatta … Second in championship eight at 2005 Head of the Creek Regatta.

High School/Prep…
Coached by June Hawkins and Amber Gilbert … Silver medalist at Canadian Juvenile National Track and Field Championships … Silver medalist in the shot put at the BC High School Championships in 12th grade … Bronze medalist in shot put at the BC High School Championships in 11th grade … Bronze medalist in the 400m hurdles at BC High School Championships in 10th grade … Gold medalist in heptathalon at BC Juvenile Championships … Silver medalist in heptathalon at BC Juvenile Championships … Silver medalist in high jump at BC JD Championships … All-time Top 10 JD Pentathalon … Bronze Medalist at the BC Summer Games Pentathlon … Qualified and participated at BC High School Cross Country Championships … Lettered one year in basketball, two years in volleyball, four years in track and field and four years in cross country … Also a member of the KSS Academic Honor Roll.

Majoring in Video/Film … Born to parents Karyn Arkell and Ken Charbonneau … Birth date is Sept. 21, 1987 … First impression of Miami is that it was warm and friendly environment … Chose to attend UM because of the great selection of academic programs to choose from.

At the Starting Line with Arkell…
Lists Jackie Joyner-Kersee as her favorite athlete because she is an amazing athlete, but that she’s also a positive role model for young women … Interests off the water include filming movies, watching movies, traveling and dancing … Favorite rowing memory is earning ACC Crew of the Week during her freshman year.