Oct. 11, 2006
WASHINGTON - Set your VCR or TiVo because this Friday morning American University women's volleyball players Ann and Claire Recht (Canby, Ore./LaSalle), the world's tallest female twins, will be appearing on the CBS Early Show and NBC's Today Show. The Eagle standouts are scheduled for interviews at 8:30 a.m. on CBS and 9 a.m. on NBC.
The twins will be making their second appearance on the Early Show on CBS, which is hosted by Harry Smith, Julie Chen, Hannah Storm, Rene Syler and Dave Price. The girls are scheduled to be on during the 8:30 a.m. weather segment. Afterward, the Rechts will head to 30 Rockefeller Plaza for the Today Show on NBC with Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry and Al Roker. The twins will be interviewed and participate in a brief volleyball exhibition with the show's hosts on the plaza.
The Rechts have been the biggest story in AU Athletics in the fall of 2006, but the media spotlight is nothing new to them. In high school when they first broke into Guinness Book of World Records as the world's tallest female twins, they appeared on numerous shows, including the CBS Early Show. This year they have been featured by The Washington Post, The Washingtonian, The Oregonian and American Weekly.
Since joining the team they have made a name for themselves not just by their height but with their play. Ann has quickly established herself as the top freshman middle blocker in the Patriot League. She is averaging 0.96 blocks per game - second among all Patriot League players to teammate Chelsa Brooks - and a .279 hitting percentage. Both marks lead the league among freshmen. After an early season injury, Claire is working her way into the Eagles' lineup and has seen action in 11 games in 2006.
After the shows, the team heads to Colgate for a 7 p.m. match. Stay tuned to AUEagles.com for a behind-the-scenes look at the appearance as well as recaps of the team's matches this weekend at Colgate and Bucknell.