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Get To Know Hannah Zerwas

Get To Know Hannah Zerwas

Clemson Rowing is excited to announce the addition of another member of the Class of 2020, Hannah Zerwas. Zerwas is a native of Libertyville, Ill., and will join the team in the fall. She intends to major in business.


“Hannah has all the tools for success here at Clemson,” said Head Coach Stephen Frazier Wong. “In addition to being an excellent student with a winning attitude, Hannah has the raw athleticism to help our team as we strive to raise our level of performance on the national stage.”


Below is a Q&A with Zerwas on who she is and why she picked Clemson.


1. Tell us how you got into Rowing.


I was introduced to rowing through my younger brother who rows with the Crystal Lake Rowing Club in Crystal Lake, Ill.   I really enjoyed going to his Regattas and watching all the teams compete.  After my volleyball career, I was invited to attend a rowing clinic and soon after that I joined my brother at the Crystal Lake Rowing Club!


2. What do you love about rowing and racing? 


First, I just love being on water and the feel of the oar moving the water. I really enjoy racing too! I love pushing myself both mentally and physically to move the boat as fast as I can! I have learned a lot over the past few months. One thing that I have learned is that technique is very important. It is not only about power, but also making sure you have the proper form to get the most out of each stroke. My favorite race was one of my first races: It was against Culver Academy and my novice eight boat beat their novice eight boat. This was exciting because this was the first boat to beat any Culver Academy’s boat in CLRC history!


3. How is Rowing different from Volleyball to you?


Rowing requires more long term endurance, whereas in volleyball, you give it your all for the play and  then you can “reset” for the next point.  Rowing also has a unique team dynamic, working in complete harmony, rather than being a sport with strategic plays.  With rowing there is also that great feeling of being in the outdoors!


4. Why did you decide to become a Tiger?


As soon as I stepped on campus I felt at home. I really got a strong sense of that Clemson family feeling and I love the Tiger pride! It had everything I was looking for: my major, a great reputation, great athletics, and all in a warm climate!


5. Outside of rowing, what are you most looking forward to at Clemson?


I cannot wait for the first football game! I hear so many fun things about the atmosphere and game day and I am excited to experience it first hand.


6. What are some areas you might like to study at Clemson?


Although I am currently undecided, I am thinking about majoring in business and minoring in chemistry.


7. What are your aspirations after college?


I would love to work on the business side of a pharmaceutical company. This is because I really like  business and chemistry, I think that would make for a great combination.   


8. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?


I would love to go to New Zealand. I have friends who have visited there and I have seen the amazing pictures. I would love to see it for myself!


9. If you could have dinner with any three people in the world or in history, who would it be and why?


Ellen Degeneres because she is hilarious! I feel like during the whole dinner I would never stop laughing! Second, Leonardo da Vinci because of his creativity and diverse interests.  His curiosity led him into many areas and he is highly regarded as a genius in his work. Third, Walt Disney because of his imagination and his successful career as an entrepreneur.


10. What are your summer plans?


My summer plans include working part-time in an office, hanging out with my friends before we all go our separate ways for college, and working out. I plan to row this summer at my club as well as continue my endurance training.