Penn AC Athlete Spotlight: Alex Smith

by: Paul Coomes

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Penn AC Athlete Spotlight:

Alex Smith

Alexander Smith (Instagram)Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL

Q1: How did you discover rowing?

A: I was scouted in the cafeteria of my high school because I was tall, and the rest is history.

Q2: What made you want to row?

A: Initially I rowed because I enjoyed being out on the water with friends, but as I developed into an athlete I found it a very satisfying competitive outlet. I saw a lot of success in high school which helped solidify the idea of it being more than just a sport.

Q3: What is your favorite thing about rowing?

A: It’s the embodiment of discipline – success in other sports can be more reliant on genetics or innate talent, but rowing is unique in that those who work harder and smarter tend to be the best.

Q4: Share a favorite memory.

A: My favorite memory would probably have to be when my freshman class at Cornell beat Harvard on their own turf during our first dual race of the season. Hurricane-like conditions aside, it was the first time we had beaten Harvard in decades, so it was a huge win for the program.

Q5: Why train at Penn AC?

A: Simply put, I came to Penn AC because this is where the best scullers are. I came to train with the best so I could become the best.

Q6: Typical training day at Penn AC?

A: Morning session on the water, usually pieces. PM session on the water in a single followed by either a row or a lift. Lots of stretching after both!

Q7: Rowing background/accomplishments

Background:

  • 2008-2012: Phillips Academy Andover
  • 2012-2016: Cornell University
  • 2017-2018: Potomac Boat Club
  • 2018-present: Penn AC

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