Manlius For the second consecutive year, Fayetteville-Manlius High School varsity rower Dana Moffat placed first in her division at the 2014 C.R.A.S.H.-B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championship.
Competing against 238 athletes from around the globe, Dana secured first place in the women’s junior division by rowing 2,000 meters on an indoor rowing machine in 6:49.0 seconds – a personal best for the F-M junior. The competition took place on Feb. 16 at Boston University’s Agganis Arena.
“Dana's accomplishments go well beyond winning this event,” said F-M crew coach David Cusano. “She is likely the fastest female rower in the country under the age of 18 and within the top 40 in the world.”
Dana earned the same title in last year’s championship competition with a time of 7:07.7. The junior division is reserved for participants ages 14-18.
“This year was much more competitive because the two fastest females were in my race,” Dana said. “It was a very close race, but I had a very powerful sprint at the end.”
Dana, who began her rowing career as an F-M freshman and uses one oar as a sweep rower trains and competes year-round.
In July 2013, Dana traveled to Banyoles, Spain as part of the 2014 Junior Worlds Development Team to gain international racing experience and to further develop her rowing skills. The international team, which trained at the 1992 Olympic Rowing Center, is comprised of 24 athletes who were selected based on their performance at the Junior National Rowing Selection Camp, according to USrowing.org.
“She is quite an extraordinary athlete. If she can stay healthy and focused, I can certainly see her at the 2020 Olympics,” Coach Cusano said.
During summer 2014 Dana will again attend selection camp where she will compete for a spot on the United States Junior National Rowing Team.
F-M junior Jessika Coleman also competed in this year’s C.R.A.S.H.-B rowing championship and finished with a time of 08:03.9.