Striving for More: Lauren Schmetterling, 2015 Fan’s Choice National Team Athlete

by Sarah Marshall, | Nov 18, 2015
Lauren Schmetterling, the 2015 Fan's Choice National Team Athlete awardee, has some pretty impressive international stats on her athlete page.

Lauren Schmetterling, the 2015 Fan's Choice National Team Athlete awardee, has some pretty impressive international stats on her athlete resume.

Besides sitting in four seat of the United States women’s eight that won a 10th-Schmetterlingconsecutive world title on Lake Aiguebelette at the 2015 World Rowing Championships, Schmetterling also was a part of the historic lineup as a member of the eight that won gold and set a world best time (5:54.16) in the final at the 2013 World Rowing Cup III in Lucerne, Switzerland.

On top of those two historic races, Schmetterling also boasts seven gold medals in eight international races.

Around all the hype of the women’s eight, however, Schmetterling remains constant in one thing: no matter what – training comes first. The desire to improve never ceases, no matter what is going on. 

“We had a really great time in France, but once we got back to the States it was back to business as usual,” said Schmetterling. “It was nice to enjoy our successes, but there are bigger things we are getting ready to accomplish. We know that we need to put in the hard work to achieve those dreams.”

Schmetterling is familiar with how much hard work it takes to be on the national rowing team. After joining the Moorestown Rowing Club in 2003, Schmetterling went on to row at Colgate University where, during her senior year, she was honored as an All-American.

“After college, I went on to try out for the under 23 team and didn’t make it. It was hard, but I had the confidence that with some training I could come back and make it happen.”

And train she did. Schmetterling began working on her own at Riverside Boat Club in Boston, Mass. Under the guidance of Tom and Liane Keister, Schmetterling spent long hours in the single and evenings on the erg.

“I just focused on increasing my fitness. The Keisters were amazing coaches and the rest of my support system at Riverside helped me a lot.”

21065595671_93f03dd9fe_kIn the fall of 2012, Schmetterling returned to the USRowing Training Center in Princeton, N.J., and the transition from solo training to a group of the most talented female rowers in the country was a welcome change to Schmetterling.

“Coming from Riverside, where I was on my own a lot, to being a part of this team was the best transition possible. It was something amazing to be a part of.

The team is really great because we all get a chance to row together, whether it is in a pair or a quad. There is no one that can’t row any boat and I think that is a really important part of our team’s success.”

As Schmetterling and her fellow teammates prepare for their "Row to Rio," one focus remains constant: strive for more. 

"If I perform to the best of my abilities, that's all I can control."

USRowing’s Fan’s Choice Awards embodies excellence in rowing by showcasing top performances over the current year. Schmetterling and her fellow winners were nominated by and voted for based on their contributions to the sport and achievements on the water. All will be honored at the fifth-annual Golden Oars Awards Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 19 at the New York Athletic Club in New York City.

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