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The Walk-on: A Case Study in Excellence and Gratitude

Updated: Jul 21



I walked on in the fall of 2015 and rowed for my entire 4 years at Stanford. As a walk-on who had zero rowing experience, I was a member of the winning IRA 2018 V4+ and 2019 V8+ boats, named to the IRA All-Academic teams those years, and a CRCA Pocock All-American in 2019. In addition to rowing with this team, I had the privilege to row with the Oxford lightweight rowing team while I studied abroad there in the fall of 2017. This experience was SO formative and one of the fondest memories I have of rowing, and I attribute that opportunity entirely to the training I received on this team. With absolute certainty, I would not have achieved any of this without 1) the incredible girls I rowed with, 2) the coaching staff who literally taught me how to row and 3) the support / resources our team had as a varsity sport. I believe our team provides value to the University not only in the results our program produces, but also in the women it shapes along the way. I am so grateful for all this team has given me, and am so proud to say I am a Stanford lightweight rower.


- Ally Hinson, Co-Captain Stanford Lightweight Womens Crew, Class of 2019

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