Former Wildcat student-athlete Grace Riekenberg returns for her fifth season as an assistant coach for the K-State Women's Rowing program. Riekenberg learned to row at K-State, participating on the team from 2001-2005. During that time she worked her way from the back of the pack to serve as co-captain her senior year. Returning to the team as recruiting coordinator and assistant coach, Grace is the first point of contact for most incoming athletes and teaches the sport to K-State's beginners.
A two-year letterwinner for the Wildcats for head coaches Jenny Hale and Patrick Sweeney, Riekenberg raced in the 1st Varsity 8 for two years. Her junior year was highlighted by winning gold at the Southern IRA Championships. Her senior year was highlighted by a gold medal finish in the 1V4 at the Head of the Iowa and winning the team trophies at both the Sunflower Showdown and the Kansas Cup.
Riekenberg earned a bachelor's degree from Kansas State in English Literature in 2005. During her undergraduate studies, she was selected to the Dean's List from 2001-05. She was also inducted into the 2005 Phi Beta Kappa national academic honor society. Riekenberg earned a place on the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll all eight semesters while attending K-State.
After graduating from K-State, Riekenberg continued both her academic and athletic careers at Oxford University. Rowing for the Oxford University Women's Boat Club, she helped the Blue Boat to its 2006 victory in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race and set the University Pennant course record at the 2007 Women's Eights Head of the River Race. Individually, Riekenberg won the silver medal at the 2006 British Indoor Rowing Championships. She earned a master of philosophy with distinction in Medieval English Literature from Oxford.