March 30, 2012
As the 2012 LMU rowing season continues, LMULions.com continues to 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 freshman Jessica Kegel. Jessica, who hails from Minneapolis, Minn., has made an immediate impact on the LMU squad this season, rowing in the Varsity 8+ boat.
LMULions.com: How did you first get into rowing?
Jessica Kegel: I was originally a super competitive volleyball player and figured that rowing would be an interesting and unique way to stay in shape during the offseason. I started rowing in the summer going into my sophomore year of high school, and continued to stick with it. I kept up with rowing because I love how rewarding it is; the feeling you get after you finish racing the hardest and most painful 2000m is the best feeling in the world.
LMU: Why did you choose LMU?
JK: I always knew that I was either going to go to school on a coast or else I was going to stay in Minnesota. Thankfully, LMU was five minutes away from the beach, with a gorgeous campus, and great academics with reasonable class sizes.
LMU: What is your favorite class at LMU?
JK: My favorite class would have to be a tie between my business communications class, and my art class. These are great because they aren't a typical lecture class. They are hands on and move at a quick pace to keep everyone attentive and interested.
LMU: What is your favorite place in LA?
JK: YOGALICIOUS!!! The selection of frozen yogurt LA has to offer is another reason why I was so drawn to LMU. I spend a large chunk of my change mixing soft serves together and overflowing my cup with mountains of toppings.... It's an addiction.
LMU: What are you most excited about for your four years at LMU?
LMU: What has been the best part of your freshman year so far?
JK: I'm excited to help to continue to make LMU's rowing team more competitive, which means winning... A LOT... Also, I look forward to exploring more of LA and meeting new people, and continuing to pursue my academics business, and then to eventually graduate.
JK: The people. I've met so many new people at school and on the team, and they are the reason why I love it here!
LMU: What do you think it takes to succeed at LMU?
JK: All you have to do is come in here realizing that you are going to be pushed to your limits, both academically and physically.
LMU: What has your experience been like competing on the varsity squad as a freshman?
JK: Since working with the entire team, rather than only with the other freshman girls, I have definitely felt like a more significant part of this program. I don't think that I would've been able to find as much motivation to push myself if I was isolated on a freshman team... the competitive atmosphere the team brings is what makes us all work hard for one another.