Manlius At just 16 years old, Fayetteville- Manlius High School junior Dana Moffat has accomplished more than many rowers at the collegiate level. Last summer, she barely missed the cut for USRowing’s Junior National team, a boat composed of the top eight best high school female rowers in the country. And she’s already won the women’s junior division at the C.R.A.S.H-B. World Indoor Rowing Championships – twice.
Her most recent victory at C.R.A.S.H-B. was on Feb. 16 in Boston, where she beat out 238 of the best female high school athletes from around the world by rowing 2,000 meters in 6 minutes and 49 seconds on an indoor rowing machine – a personal record for Moffat. And she’s only in her junior year of high school.
“I was just full of happiness. I was absolutely elated and so proud of myself,” Moffat said about her experience at C.R.A.S.H-B. this year. “After the race, I didn’t even know what my time was until I had already walked off and when my mom told me, I was like, ‘What? Did that even happen? Is this real life?’’
Moffat beat her personal record time of 6:57, which she had just achieved only four weeks before the race, by eight seconds – which is something that’s almost unheard of in such a short time frame, according to F-M varsity crew head coach David Cusano.
“That is not common. When you get to that level, you tend to see high school-level athletes plateau and it can be frustrating,” Cusano said. “Eventually in your training cycle, you’re not going to get faster. But for her to have that amount of speed and to know that she wasn’t holding anything back when she PRed four weeks before, I think it just demonstrates the fact that she really can harness and take advantage of the stage that she was on.”