Less than 15 months after being introduced to the sport of rowing, Andover High School senior Diana Glinos signed her letter of intent to row at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Glinos, formerly a competitive swimmer, did not begin rowing until the fall of her junior year.
“I had grown tired of swimming, so my dad, who rowed in college, suggested I give crew a shot,” Glinos said in a press release. “The first time I rowed was on my 16th birthday and I loved it, so I signed up for the intro program at Essex Rowing.”
Glinos immediately took to the sport, competing as part of the Essex women’s novice 8-plus crew and the undefeated novice 4-plus crew last spring. In the summer, she moved to smaller sculling boats as part of Essex Rowing’s High-Performance Team, finishing the year rowing in both the top open-double and the quad.
“Diana is a talented multi-sport athlete who has shown great promise in her fairly short rowing career. We can’t wait to help her find her potential on the water,” Wisconsin-Madison’s head coach Bebe Bryans said in a statement.
Glinos will row on an athletic scholarship for the Badgers. Her multi-sport background includes competitive swimming for eight years, six of those with a club team before swimming for Andover High. While competing for AHS, she qualified for states two years in a row. She also competed on Andover High’s varsity track team, qualifying for states in the discus event.
“I feel like I’ve been able to apply my competitive experience with other sports to rowing,” Glinos said. “Swimming and throwing made me athletic and strong, and rowing gave me a sport to really be passionate about.”
Essex Rowing’s senior coach Travis Gardner expressed pride for Glinos’ success.
“She is a tough athlete with dogged determination and a mature approach to training,” Gardner said. “I’m sure she will be an immediate asset to the University of Wisconsin-Madison team.”
Essex Rowing is a private, nonprofit organization that is focused on advancing the sport of rowing. Founded in 2006, it trains youths and adults from throughout the region at its Methuen facility along a nearly 8-mile stretch of the Merrimack River, between the Lawrence and Lowell dams.
Since its inception, the club has introduced more than 900 athletes to the sport of rowing and currently maintains a roster of 100-plus middle school, high school and adult athletes.