|Club||Amadeusz Pietzrak||Amadeusz Rowing Academy||Oyster Bay||NY|
|High School||Jon Mendreski/ Elizabeth Brennan|
|Best Time (mm:ss.s)||1:27.4||6:26.3||-||21:37.6||-||-||-|
|Best Distance (meters)||-||5,528||-||-|
|Bench Press (max)||Wingspan||Years rowing|
-Stotesbury Cup 2015
-New York State Scholastic Championships 2015
-Long Island Championships 2015
-Row For Autism 2015
-Row For Autism 2015
-OLMA Indoor Sprints
-C.R.A.S.H. B.'s 2015
-Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints 2015,
-Head of the Fish 2014
-Head of the Charles 2014
-Head of the Housatonic 2014
-Head of the Riverfront 2014
-Row For Autism 2014
-Row For Autism 2014
-Scholastic State Championships (Saratoga) 2013
-Long Island Championships 2013
-Dowling Invitational 2013
Received Varsity Coaches Award for Spring 2015 Academic Season
Invited to US Junior National Team Selection Camp Summer 2015.
Attended Winter 2014 USA Junior Sculling Camp in Florida. Spent fantastic week with my four boat from this fall, coached by Meghan Dirkmaat, Conny Kirsch, Tracy Eisser, and Taylor Goetzinger. Hats off to Coach Chris Chase. I feel like this camp really helped me. Can't wait for spring!
-Cuban-American (Mother's Native Language Spanish)
-Bilingual (Native English speaker, Proficient in Spanish)
Sometimes being a leader just means being part of a team
The crew of my four boat was excited to participate in the 2014 Head of the Charles Race in Boston. We were excited and well prepared to race in this classic regatta. None of us had participated in a race of this magnitude and because we were all Juniors and Sophomores, the team had experienced some controversy having been chosen over some Senior oarsmen. There was some pressure on us to demonstrate that we deserved to be there.
It was a cool and windy day and we were confident at the start. Things started to go wrong almost immediately.
About a minute into the race, our coxswain's headset blew off in the stiff wind and sank. Our cox box went silent. To add insult to injury, a bolt fastening the cox seat to the gunwale stripped and our cox dropped into the bottom of the boat.
The boat didn't feel right as the cox struggled to keep her balance by propping herself up with her arms. We struggled the entire race and were disappointed as we finished the race more than 30 places behind where we thought we belonged.
Despite our unexpected troubles, we knew that we had all done our very best. Our cox felt that she had let us down and we let her know that none of us felt that way. We all knew the team was more important than any single race or competition. In that instant I realized that for the moment, we were all leaders, unwilling to succumb to a bit of misfortune and suddenly much stronger together.
Our next race was at Saratoga (Head of the Fish) and we raced in the Varsity division, finishing very strongly although we didn't have a single Senior rower in the boat.
I am not sure what 'healthy athletic performance' means.
I can say that prior to becoming a competitive rower, my diet was an afterthought. I drank sugary coke, ate whatever I felt like and made no connection between my performance and what fuel I chose for my body.
I have gradually come to understand that there is a correlation between what I eat and how much pain my body is willing to endure. As I have cleaned up my diet, my performance has improved significantly.
While diet is not entirely an obsession with me, I am gradually trying to be more healthy and aware of what I eat in an effort to reward my body for the physical punishment I inflict on it.
-Both of my parents are deeply involved in community and charity. Even though they both have very busy schedules, my dad volunteers at Huntington Hospital and my mom is involved with the Caumsett Foundation and with North Shore Holiday house. Parents don't have 'hours of community service' requirements, but I see that they both take a great deal of pride and pleasure in helping others.
Helping another human being simply because you want to help (like my parents do) is inspiring and I am trying to find things which are meaningful to me rather than just to fulfill a requirement.
I have worked at several soup kitchens over the holidays. I often volunteer at Holiday House in Huntington, which is a non-profit summer camp for the underprivileged. I have helped build a new playground, helped build bookshelves and assisted in preparing the camp for the next session of children.
I honestly cannot say that I have this figured out yet, but I am trying to follow my parent's example by being an active part of my community.
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