Freshman rower comes to WSU Crew with unique experience
Jul 13, 2009 4:07 PM | Print
Incoming freshman Sydney Fish began her rowing career in 2007, and she will continue rowing at Wichita State University for WSU Crew.
Her first experience in competitive water sport was at 6 years old as a swimmer. Fish spent her summers at Twin Rivers swim club and swam for Wichita East High School for four years.
"I've never been a particularly great swimmer or a team star," she said, "but if my boat sank a couple miles away from a remote island shore, I'd survive."
Fish responded to a recruiting call from the Wichita Rowing Association when she was 16.
"Usually, you have to do a lot of training on land before you can get in a boat on the water," she said, "but the very first day I showed up, I got plopped in a boat and started rowing."
She said she picked up the sport in a couple of weeks and competed in her first regatta that fall.
Fish is the captain of the juniors' team and a member of the board, representing junior rowers, at the Wichita Rowing Association.
Her success traveled to WSU where she competed in the Shocker Sprints, an indoor regatta raced individually on rowing machines. She won both races in the junior women's division.
"But that race is really intense so I pretty much felt like a blob of jelly after it," she said.
Fish said the WSU Crew brought her on because she had past rowing experience, which is rare in Wichita.
"They realize that I'm going to hit the ground running, and I'll put in a lot of focus and effort and push myself," she said.
Fish will join the novice team when she begins college in the fall, but she does not know where she'll be placed in the boat.
"I'm an experienced rower on both starboard and port, not to mention stroke and bow and any seat in between," she said. "I can be useful wherever I'm put."
Fish will major in geology at WSU.
"I've always been an enthusiastic student of science, especially chemistry, and the earth sciences particularly interest me," she said.
But she also said she may not have chosen geology if it had not been for family members working as geologists.
"They really got me interested in it," she said.
Fish applied to both Kansas State University and the University of Kansas and was offered small rowing scholarships, but she said WSU was a better fit.
"I'm really excited about coming to WSU," she said. "It'll be a lot more compatible to my learning style, and I'm just ready to make the change."
Fish said she's an explorer and, as she did with rowing, she's always willing to try something new.
Rhatigan Renewal revives campus life
Innovative splint developed by WSU researchers
Rhatigan Student Center renovation revealed
WSU finance students study the market in real time
Students feel at home in Shocker Hall
WSU expansion will support job growth, innovation
Wichita State dedicates Beggs Hall
Workshop to prepare students for ACT
Nursing student workshop to be held at WSU
WSU hosting 'Writing Now, Reading Now' series
WSU to host ACT Math Workshop
David Cabela to speak at WSU forum
Constitution Day activity at WSU
The Elliott School of Communication turns 25
Kansas Council for Economic Education receives grant
Ray to discuss photography at reception
Students, community welcome at WSU outdoor movie
AQR holiday travel forecast: Book early
CEDBR now offers indicators in optimal format
Summer 2014 Academe
Tree planting honors WSU's KBOR anniversary
WSU's Barton School gets new interim dean
WSU School of Nursing one of 100 schools chosen
STEMpact2020 gets coordinator
Claycomb named as WSU Ventures director