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Despite Late Start, Olympic Rower Advanced Quickly

Despite Late Start, Olympic Rower Advanced Quickly

Meghan O'Leary was a two-sport athlete at Virginia, playing softball and volleyball, but she had never rowed before she tried it six years ago in Hartford

Brian Wendry, Riverfront Recapture's director of rowing programs, was impressed when O'Leary walked in the door of the Connecticut River boathouse. O'Leary was tall, athletic and when she tested on the erg, or rowing machine, the numbers were impressive.

So impressive that eventually he called the national coach, even though Wendry didn't know him.

I'm in Hartford, and I have this woman, Wendry told the coach. She's never rowed … but she's pulling these great times…

The coach listened. O'Leary got a...

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