SELINSGROVE -- Four years after being introduced to the sport of rowing, Selinsgrove high school senior Madeleine Troppe has earned a scholarship to row at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
According to the officers at the Central Pennsylvania Rowing Association, Troppe is the first student from the area to sign with an NCAA Division I rowing team.
Troppe is a multi-sport athlete, having played three years of field hockey, basketball and lacrosse for the Seals.
"The summer before my freshman year, I took a learn-how-to-row class that the CPRA (located on the Susquehanna River on Route 11 in Shamokin Dam) offered, and I liked it," she said. "I kept going to row when I had the opportunity to."
This past year, with the CPRA offering fall rowing, she dropped field hockey and basketball to concentrate on rowing, but she will play lacrosse in the spring.
"It was pretty much the fact that I could row this fall and since I had more of a future in rowing, I stuck with that," she said. "It's the sport I love the most."
One of her coaches at CPRA, Brian Tomko, noticed Troppe's ability for the sport from the first day they met.
"She struck me as someone who is athletic and the thing that most impressed me was her willingness to try new things outside of her comfort zone and she's a hard worker," he said. "She does not shy away from hard work."
Tomko is the former rowing coach at Susquehanna University as he is one of the coaches of the youth program at CPRA. Current Crusaders rowing coach Jim Grose worked with Troppe this fall, along with Derek Updegraff, as the club offered fall rowing for the first time.