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I was very pleased and excited to learn that the West Side Rowing Club was featured in a recent News article. The article noted the club's impressive win of overall points at the prestigious Head of the Ohio Regatta in Pittsburgh. I moved to Buffalo in January and have rowed in high school and college. While I have only been rowing at West Side since April, I know it is the only club I will ever be proudly affiliated with. There is a proud and rich history, and I consider myself lucky that I get to row with West Side.

I am currently on the intermediate women's team and I row with strong, hardworking girls. We spent six mornings a week on the water last summer and train three days a week in the fall. My teammates were fourth in the nation at U.S. Nationals and won Henley gold in St. Catharine's, a feat not taken lightly. And I was in a four that captured the bronze medal in the women's club four event at the Head of the Ohio.

Unfortunately, with all these impressive accomplishments, my teammates and I got overlooked. While I must emphasize that I am proud of my clubmates, who work just as hard as we do, it is disheartening for our women to not be mentioned. I hope that in the future when we place well, our hard work can be recognized.



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