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Most memorable crew experience?
Either my Freshman 8+ race at the State Championship in 2014 or my time at Youth Nationals last year in 2016 in the Lightweight 8+. In our Freshman 8+ we had lost all year but we had continually been working hard. At States, we won the race and it was
insane. It was such a close finish that we didn't know if we won or not until the officials told us, and the feeling of that win I will never forget. In our Lightweight 8+ at Nationals last year our boat had become really close friends because we had been training for two months together every day, sometimes twice a day. We had amazing heat race and we were placed 1st overall with our time. We ended up getting 4th Nationally, and I still feel so much pride in our eight and all we accomplished.

Most embarrassing crew experience?
I think my most embarrassing crew experience was the only time I've flipped in a single, and it was off the dock. I got in and tried to fix something on my rigger, completely leaned away from the dock without holding on, and fell right into the water.

Favorite regatta?
My favorite regatta is the Head of the Charles in Boston, specifically HOCR in 2016 this past fall. It's a huge regatta that a crazy amount of teams go to, which creates an amazing atmosphere at the regatta site. There's always a lot of excitement and the whole experience with colder weather, new sights, and rowing on the Charles River is amazing. Usually, we take a smaller amount of people so there's a large camaraderie with the boats. This past year my eight went from being placed 31st to 19th, which was fantastic due to the 85 other boats we were racing.

What will you miss the most?
I will miss the people the most. I have made my best friends at crew and it is refreshing to be able to go to a place every day and be with people you love, doing what you love. Crew is a sport where every individual has to work for the people in front of them and behind them, and the respect you gain from your teammates and for your teammates makes is what makes crew incredible.

What Crew taught you?
Crew taught me the value of hard work and that if you truly put your mind and body towards a goal, you will achieve it. It taught me how to be confident in myself and my teammates and the importance of teamwork in life and sports. I believe that crew has made me a better, more driven person, and I am very thankful to be involved in such a wonderful sport.