Rice Selected for U.S. Pan American Games Team

Posted: July 2, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Former George Mason rower Melissa Rice has been selected to participate in the 2003 Pan American Games as a member of the United States team, becoming the first Patriot rower to represent the U.S. at an international competition. The event will be held Aug. 4-10 on Rincon Lake in the Dominican Republic.

Rice, a native of Virginia Beach, defeated her competition twice in the best-of-three final round of the lightweight women’s single sculls at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. In the second race of the finals, Rice had a time of 9:05.23 to place ahead of Catherine Infantino, who finished second in 9:14.72.

A 2001 George Mason graduate with a degree in health, fitness, and recreation resources, Rice joined Katie Stephens as the first four-year members of the Patriot rowing program, which was elevated to varsity status in 1997-98. Rice was a member of the Varsity 4 team, which placed first at the Occoquan Chase, second at the Occoquan Sprints, and third at the Knecht Cup during her senior year, and she helped the Varsity 8 squad to victory at the Head of the Occoquan event. In addition, she was a co-captain as a senior, the team representative to the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, and a peer advisor, helping to teach the University 100 class required for incoming freshmen student-athletes.

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