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Five Local Rowers Heading to Division I Schools

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     It's a sport that's not-so-prominent in the Midwest but seems to be growing in popularity here in the Quad Cities. Competitive rowing requires a lot of teamwork and dedication. Now, a group of local high school seniors are making waves with plans to take their love of rowing to Division I universities.

     The Y Quad Cities rowing program usually produces one or two competitors each year who head off to a prominent university. This year there are five.
 
     "It's a unique opportunity to get to continue something you really enjoyed in high school in college so I feel really lucky," said Bettendorf Senior Callie Heiderscheit who is Stanford-bound. She signed her letter of intent in front of family and friends at the Sylvan Boathouse where she's spent countless hours training since junior high. She's also been right alongside classmate and close friend Lauren Hoover who will row for Wisconsin.

     "Definitely like a dream come true and all the hard work has paid off," Lauren Hoover.

     Also from Bettendorf, Christopher Tinsman, who got his feet wet after seeing several family members enjoy the sport. He's going to be rowing for Dartmouth College.

     Each stroke of the oar brought Assumption Senior Trish Walsh closer to the Notre Dame rowing team.

     "I like the teammates, we've become so close. Some people think it's really demanding because we have practice in the morning and afternoon," said Walsh.

     After falling in love with the sport in just the last year or so Molly McPherson of Moline is heading to Creighton University. "Just shows you rowing can open so many doors for you," she said.

     Their family and coaches are extremely proud of this group of accomplished athletes who are also hard working students.

     "This is probably our biggest, strongest senior class that we've had over the past several years," said coach Peter Sharis.
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