Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fox Chapel Girls Stroke Their Way to U.S. Honors Rowing

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fox Chapel Girls Stroke Their Way to U.S. Honors Rowing

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Fox Chapel seniors Kelly Power, Sarah Burns and Colleen Hamilton are fast on the water and quick in the classroom.

They were each named to the 2012-13 USRowing Scholastic Honor Roll.

Athletes who earn the USRowing honor roll distinction must fulfill several requirements. One is to be among the best on the waves.

For example, Fox Chapel competed in the Women's High School Junior 4+ finals at the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championships. The regatta took place in May at Lake Harsha near Cincinnati. The Fox Chapel team earned fifth place (out of 19 in the original three heats).

To do this, the girls hauled their boat for a time of 7:01.7 in "mucky" lake conditions, according to RegattaCentral.com. All races were 1,500 meters long.

Power felt that making it to the finals at the Midwest regatta was a key factor in being selected to the honor roll.

"You have to meet certain academic standards," she explained, "and you also have to do well in the sport. You have to be successful in competing at the regional or national level."

The 2012 Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championships had entries from 45 clubs. The clubs hailed from six states -- Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

"It was actually the largest Midwest regatta they ever had," said Power.

She recalled running up and down the beach at Lake Harsha with her teammates, cheering on Fox Chapel's Freshman 8+ squad. The freshman squad came in third with a time of 6:11.900, thus qualifying for the Scholastic Rowing Association of America national competition, which took place May 25 at Cooper River near Pennsauken, N.J.

For Power, Burns and Hamilton, the Midwest event capped the list of rowing achievements they needed to be named to the honor roll.

According to USRowing.org, honorees must be rowers or coxswains for at least one year. They must also have achieved success in competitive rowing at a league or regional championship. …

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