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Most memorable crew experience?
Definitely, the day this year that we rowed all the way north to Siesta Key in the 4V. It was just a long steady state in good conditions, but what really stuck out to me was how well the boat was working together. Even with a bunch of us thrown together from different lineups, there was a good sense of flow and timing in our strokes. All the while, Coach Owen was giving us pointers that amounted into considerable positive changes by the time we made it back to the dock. I think that the whole experience taught me that there is no such thing as a "bad boat" and that you can always have a really good row just by keeping a positive attitude.

Most embarrassing crew experience?
That would be flipping in a single at Head of the Oklahoma 2018. I remember feeling pretty good rowing down the course to the start line, as well as passing a boat or two in the first thousand meters of the race. But I took a silly catch and flipped right over, and could not pull myself up out of the chilly, murky Oklahoma water. Eventually, an official in a launch disqualified me to help me back into the boat, which I slowly paddled back to the docks. I was choking back tears the whole time because I felt as if I had let down the team in being unable to do what the coaches had expected of me. But when I got back on land, everybody wanted to make sure I was okay, and I just did my best to get my head in the game for the next race. I am happy that I pulled myself together because the double I rowed, later on, became one of my most enjoyable races ever.

Favorite regatta?
Head of the Oklahoma 2018. Even though I was hardly close to winning any races, getting to travel across the country with the team was exciting. Having some downtime in the airports, at the hotel, and at the regatta allowed me to get to know some of my teammates a bit better. I got to relax a little bit, and I made a fun time of it all. Through a frantic night sprint in a quad, rushing to clean up a busted garbage bag at the end of the night with fireworks drowning the area in smoke, and having maybe just a little bit too much energy drink, I had a blast.

What will you miss the most?
I will miss Sarasota Crew's unique team spirit. Especially towards racing season, tensions run high on the boat. But what I have found most rewarding in the relationships I have made at Sarasota Crew is that we can all get competitive and angry at each other, only to come away as friends afterward. When somebody yells at me to fix my form a certain way or to put in a bit more effort on a tough piece, the intention is to see me succeed, so that our team can be just a little bit better. It feels like we are always trying to build each other up instead of tearing each other down. I don't know if I will ever be on a team with such a spirit again in the future.