Abigail McLaughlin, a senior at Mount Si High School, signed a national letter of intent to row at the University of San Diego this fall.
McLauchlin was part of the Sammamish Rowing Association boat team in the The Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Mass., last October. Rowing with fellow Mount Si senior Matt Essig, they took second out of 85 entries in the 5K race.
McLauchlin decided on USD after visiting other schools, San Diego State, Southern Methodist, Oklahoma and Texas.
The University of San Diego competes in the West Coast Conference, and has a strong rowing program that impressed her.
McLauchlin said she liked the coaches, teammates, the school and the city. She now plans a major in nursing.
"I have been rowing for nearly five years now, and it has taught me how to budget my time and how to work with others," McLauchlin said. "Rowing has made me strong physically and mentally and I know, having rowed in the climate of the Northwest, that I am prepared for anything.
Making friends and traveling nationally and internationally for regatta, "I believe my rowing background has helped prepare me physically and mentally for the college experience and for my career and life," the senior says.