F-M rower Dana Moffat beat out 238 of the best athletes from around the world to win her second consecutive C.R.A.S.H-B. World Indoor Rowing Championship on Feb. 16. Moffat is likely the fastest female rower under 18 in the country.
continued This year’s competition was a bit tougher than it was in 2013, Moffat said. A week before the race, she discovered that two girls from Germany who had personal record times of 6:54 and 6:56, just faster than her-then PR time of 6:57, would be competing.
“The day before the race I got really pumped up, really confident and really excited,” she said. “I like to say that you can do anything as long as you put 100 percent of yourself into it. You have to be very confident, or else there’s no point. If you’re not sure that you’re going to win, then you probably won’t.”
Moffat was able to keep the lead for almost the entire race before sprinting during the last 400 meters to pull ahead for her second consecutive indoor world rowing championship title in the women’s junior division – and according to Cusano, her time of 6:49 beat out most of the collegiate athletes who competed in a higher division. He believes that she is the fastest female athlete under 18 in the country on the indoor rowing machine.
“If you look at the times from the women’s open category, which is where college athletes would enter, she would have been fourth or fifth,” he said. “I spoke to a college coach who told me, ‘I don’t see many collegiate athletes that go that fast.’”
“I’m the fastest in the country, and maybe the fastest in the world at this point,” Moffat said. “It’s nice, I like the attention and I like when people compliment me, but sometimes it gets to be a little too much, and I have to push all of the emails I’m getting from colleges out of my life for a little while,” she said.
College crew coaches across the country are well-aware of Moffat’s accomplishments and talent. So far, she has been recruited by many of the top rowing schools in the country, including: Princeton, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Brown, University of Virginia, University of Michigan and Syracuse. According to her mother, Jennifer, “Even the Olympic coach knows about Dana!”