On Thursday, Nov. 21 four senior members of Asheville Youth Rowing Association (AYRA) singed contracts to row in college next year.

Lori Belanger, a homeschooled senior who has been rowing with AYRA since the 7th grade, will sign a contract to row next year at Clemson, a Division 1 women’s rowing program at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C. Lori is a Crew Captain at AYRA and was recruited by four Division 1 rowing programs. Lori is the second graduate of AYRA to attend Clemson on a rowing scholarship.

Isaac Evans, a senior at Owen High School, who has been rowing with AYRA since the 10th grade, will sign a contract to row next year at Syracuse University, a Division 1 men’s rowing program in Syracuse, New York. Isaac is the first AYRA rower to be granted a scholarship to row at Syracuse although several AYRA team members have been recruited by Syracuse.

Emma Halfacre, a senior at TC Roberson, who has been rowing with AYRA since the 6th grade, will sign a contract to row next year at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa., a Division 1 women’s rowing program. Emma was recruited by five different Division 1 programs. She is the first AYRA graduate to be granted a scholarship to row at Duquesne.

Emma Steiner, a senior at the Nesbitt Academy, who has been rowing with AYRA since the 10th grade, will sign a contract to row next year at Kansas University, a Division 1 women’s rowing program in Lawrence, Kansas. Emma was recruited by four different Division 1 programs. She is the first AYRA graduate to be granted a scholarship to row at Kansas.

This is the ninth consecutive year that team members of Asheville Youth Rowing Association have been recruited and have received scholarships to row in college. AYRA alums are rowing at or have rowed at the following colleges: Brown, Notre Dame, Clemson, UNC-Chapel Hill, the US Naval Academy, Drexel, Stetson, Georgia Tech, San Diego, Puget Sound, Worchester Polytech, and Clark, among others.

Asheville Youth Rowing Association is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the sport of rowing to the youth of Western North Carolina. It is the only youth rowing program in Western North Carolina.

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