Melissa Zimel coxed four seasons for the Trojans... Coxed the Varsity Fours during the 2004 season... Led crew to a sixth-place finish at Pac-10s... A 2004 Marks Scholar-Athlete and Pac-10 All-Academic first team pick... Coxed the JV Eight in 2003... Crew finished sixth at Pac-10 Championships... A 2003 Marks Scholar-Athlete and Pac-10 All-Academic first team pick... Coxed the Varsity Eight in 2002... A 2002 CRCA West Region Scholar-Athlete and Pac-10 All-Academic first team pick... Crew finished fifth at Pac-10 Championships and eighth at NCAAs... Coxed the JV Eight in 2001.
Zimel is a 2000 graduate of Jesuit High in Portland, Ore. ... Rowed with the Oregon Rowing Unlimited club from 1997 through 2000... As the varsity women's heavyweight coxswain, she led her crew to a first-place finish at the 2000 Brentwood Regatta in Canada and a fourth-place finish at the 2000 Junior Nationals in Cincinnati, Ohio... Zimel is a double major in biological sciences and philosophy... She will be attending medical school following graduation.