Oklahoma rower Kim Moldenhauer is a nerd – and she’s proud of it.
The junior is a double major in finance and entrepreneurship, excelling in both with a 4.0 GPA. Not only that, the Bremen, Germany, native has helped OU on the water as a member of the 2013 team that won Big 12 and Conference USA titles and an NCAA berth.
At last year’s NCAA Championships Moldenhauer made history, becoming the first ever Sooner student-athlete to claim the Elite 89 Award. The award recognizes the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average who has reached the competition at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 men's and women's championships across its three divisions.
“I never was an athlete in high school,” Moldenhauer commented. “Really academics have always been my top priority in life and I love to learn about everything. If I could just go to college for the rest of my life I would in a heartbeat.”
As one of the awardees, Moldenhauer also had the opportunity to attend the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game last Monday where was recognized for her efforts.
“After almost 10 months it's still sinking in how big of an honor it really is,” Moldenhauer said. “I am so proud to put OU's name on the award and to be able to represent Germany in this way. Being the first athlete to bring the award home makes it even more surreal.”
With the game held just three hours down the road at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Moldenhauer was able to make the trip and enjoy the awesome atmosphere.
“It was like a big festival,” Moldenhauer said. “There was a stage with live music and there was just so much effort put into every detail and the whole event. When I first walked in the stadium I could just feel the entire place buzzing with built-up energy. I had no clue how big of an event it was before we went and I was caught off guard by the sheer size of the stadium.”
Moldenhauer continues to represent OU this season in the varsity eight, hoping to help the Sooners defend their conference titles. And if the program can reach another NCAA Championships? Moldenhauer may get to enjoy another great night next April as well.