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Dad Vail Runs In The Family with Purdue's Amanda Elmore Q&A
Clara Lefton 
Communications Director 
Philadelphia, Pa., May 6, 2013 Ė Amanda Elmore grew up watching her older brothers Steven and Andrew row at Purdue University in the 1990ís, always hoping that she could do the same. Today, Elmore is senior at Purdue with an accomplished rowing background, including winning gold in the womenís varsity eight at the 2011 Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta.  
Elmore dreams big and her more recent accomplishments are far beyond what she ever imagined. Just last year she won a gold medal at the Under 23 [U23] World Championships in Europe, after being selected the US Rowing U23 Development Team. She hopes to make the U23 team again this coming summer. 
Question. What years were are/you at Purdue? Did you start on the rowing team your first year?  
I joined the rowing team my freshman year in the fall of 2009. I'm graduating this year, my fourth year. Fall 2009 - Spring 2013. 
Q. What was your experience like at the 2012 Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta? 
Last year we came to the Dad Vail with a very young boat Ė the only senior was our coxswain. Although we had a good season, we were rattled under the pressure of defending our gold medals. My sophomore year (2011), I was part of the womenís varsity eight that won. That year we hadn't had the best season and we were seeded 7th going into the race. We lost our heat, but came back to win the final by .33 seconds. Thatís what makes the Dad Vail fun yet terrifying: there are so many good teams that you can never expect anything. Crazy things happen and the crews that want it the most are left standing on the gold medal dock. 
Q. What are you studying at Purdue? 
Biology. Iím doing research in an Ecology lab studying bird vision and how it relates to behavior. 
Q. Both of your brothers row- did they inspire you to get involved in the sport? 
I started rowing my freshman year at Purdue after running and doing gymnastics through high school. My brothers both rowed at Purdue (Steven has a Dad Vail Gold from the novice lightweight menís eight in 1997!) and are a lot older than I am. I remember watching their races and helping serve food when they came off the water, imagining that I could row someday. I never expected that I could have so many great experiences through rowing in four short years. 
Q. What are some of your most memorable experiences that you've had in rowing?  
It's pretty amazing looking back and thinking about all I've been able to do after only four years in this sport. Each of the silly pre-race rituals, steady state pieces at sunset, and bus rides home were memorable, but the experience that stands out the most was my boat's trip to Henley in 2011 after winning Dad Vail. It was fun to be a part of the English rowing culture and row down the historic course on the Thames. The first British crew we beat cheered the customary "Hip hip hooray!" to our boat, and I was inspired by the sportsmanship and friendly competition. This was the first time I had the chance to represent the US overseas, and I was touched by strangers waving our American flag as we passed. Rowing brings diverse people together and the connections I've made through the sport will stay with me forever. 
Q. Will you be trying out for the 2013 U23 team? 
Last year, I improved a lot on the ergometer and once I got the required time to apply for U23 camp, I thought I might as well. When I was invited to selection camp, I was very nervous thinking that I wouldn't be able to compete against experienced scholarship athletes. But after a couple weeks at camp and winning a few seat races, I realized that there isn't much of a difference between our club program and scholarship programs. Rowing is hard no matter how many perks you get. The experience taught me a lot about myself, and how to move a boat; I hope I've been able to bring some of what I've learned back to Purdue. I have been invited back to camp for this summer, so I am excited to prove myself again, this time as a veteran instead of the underdog. 
Q. What are you doing after graduating from Purdue? 
I will be attending the University of Michigan to work towards a PhD in Microbiology. Since we are a club at Purdue, I have one more year of eligibility to row in the NCAA, so I am going to try to make time to row for the Michigan team while doing my graduate work. 
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