March 19, 2012
As the 2012 LMU rowing season continues, LMULions.com will take an in depth look at a number of the Lion rowers, allowing fans the opportunity to learn a little more about the athletes. This week's question and answer session features junior Hanna Osborne. Hanna, who hails from Seattle, rowed for Green Lake Crew in high school, had surgery on her arm following the 2011 West Coast Conference Championships but has made a solid comeback this season and is a staple in the Lions' Varsity 8+.
LMULions.com: How did you first get into rowing?
Hanna Osborne: I began rowing when I was in middle school, using it to train for a year-round select basketball team I was on. That summer I discovered the magic of rowing. This sport requires desire, dedication and drive because it fosters a desire to push physically and mentally to reach new levels. Compared to basketball, rowing gave me an opportunity to compete with myself on a whole new level. Reaching new PR's on the erg became addicting, and even rowing in the rain beat hours in a sweaty gym. My first year rowing, I had both crew and basketball each day until I made the choice to completely transition from basketball to crew. The past two summers, I have worked at Green Lake Crew, coaching ages/levels ranging from middle school novices to experienced masters. I have seen how rowing is something that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
LMU: Why did you choose LMU?
HO: I had a hard time deciding between three Division I schools, but found LMU to be the best fit for me because of the balance between academics and athletics. Being a student-athlete requires time and stress management, but I feel fortunate to be at a school where my professors support and encourage me athletically and our athletic department has incredible academic support.
LMU: What has been your favorite class at LMU?
LMU: What is your favorite place/thing to do in LA?
HO: As a pre-health student, my favorite class at LMU has been anatomy and physiology. This class had a lively lecture and I enjoyed the relevancy of the lab.
HO: I grew up in Seattle and have friends that row all over the country. It is always nice to be out in the marina, wearing a tank top in the middle of January compared to many rowers putting in hours indoors on the erg all winter. In addition to the sun, I have some favorite restaurants. One of which is Beach 26. They have excellent dinners but my favorite meal there is brunch; I especially like their lemon-ricotta French toast!
LMU: Tell us your thoughts on the 2012 season so far.
HO: I am absolutely pumped for WCC's this year. As a whole, I feel the team has really stepped up both work ethic and commitment. We have all worked hard to develop a strong base coming into the season. We have won two out of our first three races, with a significant gain in speed from a year ago against UCLA. We have executed parts really well, but after each race we have been able to pinpoint areas where we can gain speed. We still have time and I am excited to see the improvements we can make in the next two months.
LMU: What are your plans after graduation?
HO: I will be applying to optometry school, pursuing my interest in health care. The intern experience I had last summer with an optometry office confirmed my interest in this field.
LMU: What do you think it takes to succeed at LMU?
HO: Time management - so you create time for your homework, consistent class attendance and attending professor office hours. LMU is small enough that you can get to know your professors and peers. I have found that developing these relationships establishes accountability to manage your time and stay on top of your work. I feel that I am a better student because of my athletic commitment. Having a practice schedule forces me to be efficient with my studying.
LMU: How have you managed injury/recovery and coming back to be a competitor?
HO: The 2011 season was a challenging one for me. I had ulnar nerve compression in my left arm, which caused tingly pain with each stroke. After several doctors visits and cortisone shots it was determined I needed to have it released. Two weeks after conference I had surgery and spent the rest of the summer recovering in physical therapy. Those 12 weeks were the longest I had gone without an oar in hand since I began rowing. During that recovery time I enjoyed coaching the novices at Green Lake Crew in Seattle. Watching new rowers develop brought back the same passion that first got me hooked, and rekindled my love for this sport. The longer I went without rowing, the more anxious I felt about getting back to it. I turned my competitive energy into training and competing in the Long Beach Marathon with some of my teammates. When I returned to LMU in the fall, I struggled with muscle cramps in my forearm. My nerve was better, but surgery caused my muscle to cramp too easily. I am still seconds off my PR, but I have gained back a lot of my fitness and strength. I am grateful to Keith, our athletic trainer, our coaches and the girls on the team who have supported and pushed me.