VASHON ISLAND ROWING CLUB’S SENIORS HEAD FOR COLLEGE
Every high school and college sports team goes through it. Seniors graduate and leave large footprints in their wake for others to step into and fill. For the Vashon Island Rowing Club’s junior program, two of their best competitors are taking the skills they’ve learned on Vashon to collegiate rowing programs in the fall.
Riley Lynch and Seth Rosen will head for opposite coasts next semester. Lynch is Stanford-bound. Rosen is off to Colgate University in northern New York state. Both will receive scholarships from Vashon Island Rowing Club at the Scholarship Foundation’s annual award ceremony on May 30th.
“From VIRC, I have learned how to be mentally tough on and off the water, as well as how to be a strong leader,” said Lynch. “I think that will be a very valuable skill to take with me to Stanford.”
Rosen chose Colgate after feeling “super comfortable, both academically and with the rowing team” after his visit. When asked what he’d take with him from his Vashon rowing career, Rosen said, “I want to be the embodiment of VIRC’s core values: Accountable, Respectable, Driven.”
To finish up her successful high school rowing career, Lynch will compete in England this summer at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta, arguably the best-known regatta in the world. Before that, both she and Rosen will race at their final Youth National Championship in California.
“I’ll miss my team at VIRC,” said Lynch. “They provide the most fun, yet committed environment that I could imagine and they encourage me to push my hardest every day.”
Rosen pointed to the coaching he’s received at VIRC: “Ben Steele helped me find myself as a rower. He helped me get out of my own head and reminded me to love the sport, even when it was tough.”
Article by Jeff Hoyt