I continued rowing at Andover and training with the US national team in the summers. I was fortunate to obtain guidance from Tom Terhaar early in my career in the summer of 2001. This excellent coaching helped to instill the correct fundamentals early so I did not develop bad habits.
Next, came the collegiate recruiting process that led to my eventual decision to attend Princeton University. People often ask me how I made that decision. My decision was in fact based on many, many factors but one of the key factors was that Lori Dauphiny was the coach. I knew even then that the right coach could make the difference in my quest to become a better rower and a productive and compassionate adult. Lori not only taught me how to be the best rower I could be, but she also showed me how to be the best person I could be. Through her example as a coach I learned about hard work, integrity, and generosity of spirit.
My goal throughout college was to win a NCAA championship. It took all 4 years but my senior year my teammates and I went undefeated during the regular season and won the Varsity 8’s race at Eastern Sprints and the NCAA championship.
My first year on the national team was in 2005 when we raced in Gifu, Japan. After graduating from Princeton in 2006 I starting training full time with the US National team and went on to win 2 Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012, 6 World Championship Titles, and 21 total international medals in the 8 and the pair races.