As a sophomore, did you think you'd be in the running for winning Sailor of the Year?
It actually never crossed my mind the whole year. A couple of people had mentioned it to me, but to be honest, I just wrote it off because I thought a sophomore would never be able to win it. It was something I didn't really focus on, which I think in the end worked to my advantage. It felt extremely good to be nominated and then when I won, I don't know, I was beside myself. It just felt really great.
I want to thank my crew Alex: there's definitely no way I would have gotten the award without her. I just want her to be recognized because she is such a dedicated crew. I'd also like to recognize my team because they are such an awesome group of people. Our practices are intense, but they are also really fun and the team definitely challenges me everyday on the water. Finally, I'd like to thank my coaches, Mike and Alana. They are great coaches and fun people to be around. It was just a very good year. Overall, I am really, really happy.