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Adaptive Four with Coxswain
Birthplace: Bakersfield, Calif.
Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
Current Residence: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Club Affiliation: USRowing Training Center - Oklahoma City
Began Rowing: Purdue University, 2003
Date of Birth: 10/13/84
Height: 5' 7"
High School: Cathedral High School
Undergraduate Education: Purdue University, 2008
Professional Education: Purdue University Coordinate Program in Dietetics, Registered Dietitian, 2010
Occupation: Diet Technician
Employer: Mercy Health Center, Oklahoma
Training Location: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Current Coach: Karen Lewis, Matt Muffelman, Jeremy Ivey
Years on National Team: Five – 2008-2012, Senior
International Results: Finished sixth in the adaptive four with coxswain at the 2011 World Rowing Championships...Finished sixth in the adaptive four with coxswain at the 2010 World Rowing Championships...Finished eighth in the adaptive four with coxswain at the 2009 World Rowing Championships…Won silver in the adaptive four with coxswain at the 2008 Paralympic Games...Won adaptive four with coxswain at the 2008 Canadian Henley. National Results: Won legs-trunk-arms physically disabled category at the 2010 CRASH B Indoor Rowing Championship...Won the legs-trunk-arms four with coxswain at the 2008 US Rowing National Championships...Finished third in the junior varsity eight at the 2007 Dad Vail Regatta.
Personal: Emma took her first rowing strokes on a summer vacation visiting her aunt; from this experience she was compelled to join the Purdue Crew Club. Emma would describe her experience rowing at the Purdue Crew Club her greatest inspiration. Her coaches and teammates facilitated an environment through which she could learn and practice true diligence and dedication. Preuschl learned after her collegiate rowing experience that she qualifies for the adaptive category because she has Erbs Palsy of the brachial plexus, a nerve injury from birth that compromises muscle function and the ability to grasp, extend, and reach with her left arm. The decision to be a part of the Paralympic program has proven to be rewarding by providing her with opportunities to discover self awareness and achieve incredible athletic goals. When she is not rowing she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and, believe it or not, cleaning.