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We Rise Up

“Although I have only experienced (almost) one year of being a Stanford Lightweight, I can wholeheartedly say that these are my people. This team and these coaches are the most tenacious, hardworking, determined, and supportive group of women. Waking up at 5am, putting in the hard work and countless meters of effort before the sun is even up, is a pretty incredible way to start the day. Rowing has taught me about grit, determination, and perseverance. I have learned that it may seem more difficult to stay in the tough moments, but it's more meaningful to finish out every last piece with the team. Rowing and the Lights have taught me that we have the willingness and ability to look at seemingly insurmountable challenges and not back down. Whether these challenges are painful ergs, tight races, or fighting to save the team that means everything to you-- we don’t back down, we rise up. As a female athlete and teammate, I believe wholeheartedly that this sport is the most incredible way to challenge yourself, foster the most meaningful relationships, and grow up to be a strong and confident leader. I look at my teammates, as well as my competitors, and I know that these are women who will change the world for the better because of our passionate belief in the power of a collective effort. I believe we have earned the opportunity to rise up and finish out the four years that Stanford committed to us and we have, in turn, promised them. I believe that our legacy at Stanford should inspire young female athletes to persevere, even in the most challenging of times, and strive to be a student-athlete representing excellence in all aspects of their lives.”

-Kelly Niethammer, Class of 2023

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