To share a little about my rowing career, first I'll start off with a little bit about St. Louis Rowing Club. SLRC was founded back in 1875. We row on Creve Coeur Lake. During the 1904 Summer Olympics, the rowing competitions were held on the same lake we practice on today, which is pretty cool! I ran cross country and track my freshman year at De Smet Jesuit, and sophomore year I tried out for the novice boys rowing team after some friends from Ursuline convinced me to show up. After that I never looked back. Rowing took control of my whole life, I practice three hours a day, six days a week, all year around, even in the summer. Not participating in a De Smet sport was not a problem for me at all, and in fact I'm thankful for it. The Boathouse has become a second home to me; I do everything with the other varisty boys. Next year I am going to be rowing at Jacksonville University, which is Division 1. Over my short time rowing I have accumulated five bronze medals, 11 silver medals, and four gold medals. I think rowing is one of the best things to ever happen to me, and it's done more for me than I ever even imagined!
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