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Rika Geyser
Rika Geyser

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Pretoria, South Africa

High School:
Waterkloof

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 165

Major:
General Studies

High School Sports: Track, tennis, field hockey

Major at Washington: General Studies

Husky Rowing Experience: 1998 (Freshman): Rowed in the two seat on the varsity four at NCAAs ... helped lead the boat to a fourth-place finish and eventual NCAA team title ... rowed in the six seat for the novice eight in Opening Day victories, in Cal and WSU dual regattas and at San Diego ... 1999 (Sophomore): Rowed in the six seat with the varsity eight ... helped UW win its eighth-straight Pac-10 and Whittier Cup title ... boat finished fifth in its grand final at NCAAs and was third overall in the team standings ... rowed with the South African National Team in Europe during the summer ... earned bronze and silver medals at the Commonwealth Games ... rowed in a double at the World Championships ... 2000 (Junior): Earned CRCA First Team All-America honors ... named to All-Pac-10 Conference First Team ... competed with the Huskies as they won an historic race at the Henley Royal Regatta ... rowed in the two seat as UW won the first Henley Prize in July ... six seat in the varsity eight during the regular season ... helped lead top-ranked UW to an undefeated regular season, including a 10th-straight Windermere Cup title and the ninth-consecutive victories at Pac-10 Championships and the San Diego Crew Classic ... was a spare on the South African National Team for the 2000 Olympic Games ... in February 2000, won a gold medal at the CRASH-B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championships in Boston ... recorded the top time among collegiate women, covering the 2,000-meter course in 6:41.60 ... her time was third-fastest overall in the International Open Women's field.

Personal: Daughter of Leonora and Faan Geyser ... full name is Adriana Hendrika Geyser ... transferred from Wichita State, where she ran track ... has two sisters, Helene (33) and Antia (32), and a brother, Gerrit (31).

I chose Washington because: The outstanding rowing program.

The best thing about Seattle is: Lots of boats and all the water activities.

The best thing about UW is: The campus.

Favorite class: Scandinavian 370, The Vikings

My best race was: In San Diego last year. We were a boat-length down at 1,000-meters and won by open water.

After I graduate, I plan to: Return home to South Africa.

Geyser says: "Washington provides me with the opportunity to challenge myself both mentally and physically."

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