My first introduction to rowing was as one of those kids who play in the water at regattas while their older sibling rows. As the years went by, I found myself playing less and watching more; particularly the three years my sister went to Nationals. As a swimmer, tri-athlete, and a person who loves the water, I found myself more and more anxious for the day that I could get in a boat and try it out. During the summer after 6th grade I was given that opportunity…and I have loved the sport ever since.
I started that summer rowing and before the summer was over I quickly found that my true passion was as a coxswain. I truly enjoy the people I row with, I enjoy the feel of the boat as it moves through the water, the smells and sounds, the occasional friendly dolphin…and I really love the competition.
My grandfather was a Ship Master and both he and his father spent a good portion of their lives at sea; I’ve often been told by him that we’re kindred spirits. And although I pride myself on my skills in docking, steering, and analyzing and handling wind and currents, the role of coxswain is much more than that.
Rowing truly is a team sport, and the bond that you make with your fellow rowers is one that will last a lifetime. As an athlete and a coxswain, I have the utmost respect for my fellow boat and team mates. I see their looks at the end of a race, and how much they sacrifice each time. And I feel it is my ultimate responsibility to them to make sure that all the hard work they put in throughout the year is not in vain and leads to the best possible outcome.
The sport of rowing is in my blood, and I believe it will be a lifetime sport for me. It is my hope to find a university that matches my enthusiasm for both the sport of rowing and for academics. One that will allow me to learn, develop, and grow, as both a student and a coxswain; and just as important, one that allows me to make new lifelong friends as I move into the next chapter in my life.