I started my sailing endeavors in the Optimist Dinghy at age 8 through the Lauderdale Yacht Club program. However, it wasn’t till I decided to dedicate my life to the sport at age 12 that I started to win titles with Coach Ben Williams. He saw something in me that no one else saw and with his encouragement I won two consecutive Girl’s National Championships, placed 4th in the Coed National Championship, and qualified to compete all over the world for my country giving me international experience at a young age.
Moving up from the Opti, I was inspired to pursue a career in the Laser Radial due to two strong influences and coaches, Anna Tunnicliffe (2008 Beijing Laser Radial Gold Medalist) and Brad Funk (Multi-olympic campaigner). In the Radial, I qualified to represent the United States in the 2010 ISAF Youth Worlds in Istanbul, Turkey bringing home a bronze medal. Shortly after Turkey, I traveled to Largs, Scottland where I won my first ILCA Youth World Championship. The following year I qualified again for the ISAF Youth Worlds in Zadar, Croatia, this time earning a silver medal. Later in 2011, I was able to defend my title as the ILCA Youth World Champion making it my second World Champion title. That year I also competed in and won the United States Youth Championship consisting of the top sailors in the country from age 15-19. Ending my youth career in 2012, I was able to solidify a third World Championship title in Boltenhagen, Germany in the U21 Division while placing 8th overall in the Women’s Division.
Moving out of the youth circuit, I went on to pursue College Sailing goals at Boston College with Coach Greg Wilkinson. During my three years there, I learned how to be teammate, leader, and champion. In 2017, my team pushed me to become the first person to win four Singlehanded National Championships. Throughout my college sailing career, I was a four-time Women’s All-American, Coed All-Amercan, three-time Quantum Women’s Sailor of the Year Finalist later earning the title in 2017, and a College Sailor of the Year Finalist. Other accolades received at Boston College include a four Women’s MVP Awards and a Leadership Award from the Athletic Department.
After a year long deliberation with US Sailing Team Sperry, as well as the Boston College coaching staff and teammates, I decided to take my senior year off to be able to fully pursue my olympic campaign. Even though leaving school and my teammates was the hardest decision I have made yet, it was a necessary step to take. I will return to finish out my degree in Environmental Geosciences in the fall of 2016 and have another shot at winning a national title with my team.
I have learned how to be a disciplined athlete during my three years at Boston College and I am excited to show what I have learned on the water. There is nothing I want more in this world than to bring home a gold medal for my country. I have had this goal since I was 12 and it has never once left my mind.