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Pursuing a Life Dream to the Top of the Medal Stand

by USRowing video by Ed Moran, ed@usrowing.org | Dec 30, 2015
Lauren Schmetterling got her start in rowing at a small, parent run club organization that was just getting going when she was a freshman in high school in Moorestown, New Jersey. At first it was a way to be with friends, to be outdoors and have another activity she could pursue in school.
Lauren Schmetterling got her start in rowing at a small, parent run club organization that was just getting going when she was a freshman in high school in Moorestown, New Jersey. At first it was a way to be with friends, to be outdoors and have another activity she could pursue in school.

She continued rowing into college at Colgate University, where the sport began to take on a new level of commitment. Schmetterling discovered she was good at the sport and that she wanted to participate in the highest level possible.

Schmetterling determinedly stayed with her dream, worked toward her goal on her own and with the help of the coaches at Boston based Riverside Boat Club and finally made her first national team in 2013. She has since won three world championships in the women’s eight and is a serious hopeful to be in the boat at the 2016 Rio Olympics and currently ranked second in the world by World Rowing.

Coming out of Colgate, Schmetterling was “not quite ready to transition to the national team,” but never doubted it was where she wanted to end up. Today, as she looks toward Rio, she keeps the same goals in mind for herself that she has for every stage of her career.

“For me, it’s just about making myself the best athlete and teammate and pursuing excellence at the highest form of sport and I feel that if I make myself the best I can be that’s going to be, it’s going to be good.”

Listen to an interview with Schmetterling prior to the Golden Oars Awards Dinner. 
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