Penn AC Athlete Spotlight: Charles Anderson

by: Paul Coomes


Penn AC Athlete Spotlight:

Charles Anderson

Charles Anderson (Instagram)Hometown: Upper Darby, PA

Q1: How did you discover rowing?

A: Going in to high school, a family friend recommended to my dad that I try rowing because rowers could earn scholarships for college. Almost 11 years later, I still get up most mornings excited to row.

Q2: What made you want to row?

A: After my first fall of rowing, I was excelling within my class and even rowing with the varsity guys on my team. Being a competitive person, I wanted to keep getting better and be the best guy on the team.

Q3: What is your favorite thing about rowing?

A: One of the most enjoyable and gratifying things in rowing for me personally is passing someone in the single either in practice or a race. There is no one else in the boat making it happen. It is your hard work and effort making it happen.

Q4: Share a favorite memory.

A: During the summer of 2015, I rowed in a 2- with the Penn AC HPG, which was much smaller at the time. My 2- partner was from Father Judge and there was a bit of a Philly Catholic league rivalry within the boat. It wasn’t the fastest or smoothest boat I have ever rowed, but we had a lot of fun training together.

Q5: Why train at Penn AC?

A: This is the best group of scullers in the country. We come to practice every day determined to make ourselves faster. That mentality elevates the group.

Q6: Rowing background/accomplishments

A: Background/ Accomplishments:


  • Monisignor Bonner (2008-2012)
  • Temple University (2012-2016)
  • Penn AC HPG (2016-present)
  • Penn AC U23 Program (2013-2016)


  • U23 National Team 4+ (2013)
  • Won the 2017 and 2018 Royal Canadian Henley in the Senior Quad

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