Zero Named to Croatian National Team for U-23 World Championships
July 15, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana rising senior rower Asja Zero was named to the 2013 Croatian National Team and will compete in the World Rowing Under-23 Championships, which will take place in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria, July 24-28.
Zero, a native of Pula, Croatia and an All-American at Indiana, is also a two-time First Team All-Big Ten honoree and earned second team honors this year after fighting through injuries during the season.
"It feels so great especially after a year full of injuries," said Zero. "I know I would not have been able to do that if I did not have the team of supporters behind me all year long. Being in the States and not being able to be present here earlier in the year makes it a little harder to make the team and get a good crew that rows well together in a short period of time, because there are people here trying all sorts of boat combinations."
"Asja is an amazing athlete and this just proves it," said Indiana head coach Steve Peterson. "This past year was less than the ideal training year for her with multiple injuries throughout the year that forced her to do most of her training out of the boat and also on her own. The fact that she was able to prepare herself in a way that was good enough to qualify for the World Championships shows how determined and motivated an athlete she truly is. She is the type of athlete any coach would love to have. I am really excited for Asja to have this opportunity and I am eager to watch her results during the competition."
Zero will race in the pair, marking the second time a Hoosier has qualified for the World Championships. She competed in the event in 2011 following her freshman campaign at Indiana.
"Our goal is to get good experience racing teams that we raced during juniors, but in a pair event. In addition to that, we want this to be a step forward for our future rowing in upcoming years," added Zero. "I hope it will help my senior year too, of course. This will allow me to encourage my teammates that they can whatever they put their mind to, just if we work hard at whatever we do, whether its hard or long pieces with Coach Peterson on the erg, maxing out weights we thought we could never lift in the weight room, or figuring out modified practices with our trainers."
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