Riley Freehling, a 5'4 all-around gymnast who "matched a career-high on floor (9.850, T-4th) [in the 2019] EAGL Championship," will graduate with a degree in sport studies, and continue pursuing a life in performance and athleticism.
Q: What does inclusion of NCAA student-athletes mean to you?
RF: "Inclusion of NCAA student athlete means that everyone is treated equally and everyone’s voices are heard. "
Q: Why did you choose this word to represent another part of you?
RF: "I chose the word fearless because I strive to be bold and courageous. I don’t like to sit back and watch, but to take risks and try new things. I also love Taylor Swift and am a huge fan of her music! Whenever I do my beam routine I play [her] song 'fearless,' which helps me [feel] confident."
Q: What stereotypes do you experience and want broken down, as a student athlete?
RF: "A lot of people think student-athletes are here just because of sports, but that’s not the case. Academics are our main priority. "
Q: Outside of the goals in your sport, what do you hope to achieve during your time at UNH?
RF: "What I hope to achieve with my last few months here at UNH is to have fun and enjoy every last second. I have the most incredible friends, teammates, and coaches and want to continue to have an amazing time before I move on to the next chapter of my life."