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2014 Fall Linfield Magazine

Alumna qualifies for Olympic trials Marci (Klimek) Gage ’10 of Bend set a personal record and qualified for the 2016 Olympic marathon trials at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minn. Gage was timed in 2 hours, 35 minutes, 38 seconds. She was fifth among 2,714 women. Gage, who lives in Bend, is the four-time reigning Pear Blossom Run women’s champion. Marisa Kume ’17 Sport: Tennis Hometown: Nagoya, Japan Major: Exercise science How long have you played tennis? when “I was born and raised in Japan, and started playing tennis when I was 9. I decided to go to high school in the U.S. because my dad and and brother had studied abroad and I loved hearing about all of their stories stories about living in the U.S.” Why Linfield? “I chose to go to Linfield because it had a major I was interested in and and I wanted to play sports. Being on the Linfield tennis team has definitely changed changed my perspective on tennis. I used to think that tennis was a lonely sport because because I usually play only singles matches. However, I realized that tennis is also a team team sport, and having my Linfield teammates watch me while I play a match can be be motivating and make me feel supported.” How has tennis influenced you? “The most rewarding part is that I get to know more people through the the sport. I was not able to speak English well five years ago, but playing tennis helped helped me improve my communication skills and make friends.” Future Plans “For now, my plan is to graduate in three years and go to grad school for physical therapy. I will continue playing tennis no matter what because I love it. I love being on the court, and and if I could, I would play tennis all day, every day.” Fall 2014 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 2 3


2014 Fall Linfield Magazine
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