Josh Costolnick was selected among 900 high school rowers to compete in the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Fla., on Sept. 23-24.
After making it through the first round of selections, Costolnick was asked to attend the final round in Saratoga Springs. Two days later, he was named to the 19-rower Northeastern Regional All-Star team, which will compete against other Under-19 teams in the Youth Regional Challenge at Nathan Benderson Park in Florida.
Thankfully for Costolnick, he only had to make it through one round of selections and fill out a survey to be named the Prep Talk Male Athlete of the Week.
Coach Tom Heubusch on Costolnick: "Although Josh has only been rowing for four years, the improvements that he has made across the board have been remarkable. In terms of his rowing, his strength and technical ability have grown exponentially from year to year. What has been much more gratifying, though, is seeing how far he has come as both a teammate and leader. Both inside and outside of the boathouse, Josh leads vocally and by example. He has been in many ways a catalyst for a lot of the positive change that our rowing program has experienced over the past few years, and although he is one of the top high school rowers in the Northeastern United States, he has just begun to tap into the wealth of potential that he has. I can't wait to see how far he goes in the sport."
How has your season gone so far?: We have been training extremely hard to this point and plan to open up our season on Oct. 8 at the Head of the Genesee in Rochester. Then we have the Head of the Niagara in Buffalo on Oct. 15 and the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia on Oct. 29.
Highlight of athletic career so far: Winning the CSSRA Canadian National Championships in the Junior 8+ my sophomore year. This was the highlight of my rowing career because it was the first time St. Joe's had won the event in decades, and we saw firsthand what our hard work got us.
Favorite thing about my sport: The best part about rowing is the feeling you get when you cross the finish line first and you see how all the work you have put in finally comes together for a team victory.
Favorite teammate: Jackson Liszewski, Matt Dobiesz, Nate Shanley and Jacob Watz because they are always willing to put in the extra work with me. I have been working with them since I began rowing my freshman year, and we have grown close through our training and racing experiences.
Toughest opponent: Canisius High School because ever since I started rowing I have constantly had to battle them at local, state and national regattas.
WNY athlete I looked up to: My older brother Brandon rowed his sophomore and junior year in high school, and when I decided to go to St. Joe's he encouraged me to start rowing. He has supported me over the years and I continue to look up to him even today.
Pro/college athlete I admire now: Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs because he overcame cancer and continues to perform at the highest level he can.
Favorite school subject: Business.
What’s ahead (athletics and/or academics): I plan to commit to row Division I in college this December. I will be majoring in international business.