Miranda wants to compete in the U-23 World Rowing Championships
Varese, Italy – Saint Joseph’s rising sophomore Rodrigo Miranda will represent his home country of Puerto Rico at the upcoming World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Varese, Italy. Running from July 25th to 30th, Miranda will row against a strong field of more than 20 international opponents in the lightweight single skull event.
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In his first season at Hawk Hill, Miranda was an important part of the Hawks’ success as he competed in both Varsity 8 and 2nd Varsity 8 during the spring season. While preparing to take on some of the best competitors in the world, Miranda’s journey to St. Joe’s and international rowing happened rather by accident as a freshman in high school.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Miranda moved to Miami, Florida with his family when he was four years old. An avid baseball player throughout elementary school, Miranda was forced to redirect his athletic focus as a freshman at Mast Academy since the school did not field a baseball team. Miranda wanted to stay active in sports and was intrigued by the Miami Rowing Club next to school. Originally viewed as a helmsman by the coaching staff, a growth spurt helped transform Miranda’s career as he became a key part of the club’s success as a rower over the next four years.
In addition to high school competition, Miranda also began training with the Rowing Federation of Puerto Rico. As a senior in March 2021, Miranda competed in the Pre Junior Pan Am Qualifier and placed fourth in doubles. Miranda joined Saint Joseph’s last fall and continued international competition when he placed fifth at the Junior Pan Am Games in Cali, Colombia.
With multiple international events and a year of collegiate rowing with the Hawks, Miranda is poised to take on the world’s best competition at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships.