Feb. 26, 2013

Determined, Driven and Down to Business. The three “D’s” that coxswain Amanda Poll’s teammates would use to describe her the most. A native of New Albany, Ohio, Poll spent her freshman year coxing the first varsity eight to an almost perfect season with a second place finish at the Big Ten Championships and a fifth place overall finish at the NCAA Championships. Don’t let her serious face fool you though, she loves her rowers. She frequently refers to them as her “little chickens” and has been known to go as far as growl at them during pieces if it will help them win.  Amanda sits down to give us the inside scoop on life in the ninth seat.

Why did you decide to attend The Ohio State University?

“Rowing played a big part. I actually like to think that rowing was the number one reason I came here.”

What advice do you have for potential or new recruits?

“Train hard. It might seem impossible at first, but you just have to keep on going.”

What are your individual goals? Team goals?

“My personal goal is to cox the first varsity eight in every single race this season. My team goal along with probably everyone else is to win the Big Ten Championship.”

What is your favorite part about being a member of the women’s rowing team?

“The people I have met are awesome. I now have friends from all over the world and I love getting to spend time with them.”

What is your favorite type of workout?

“I love running outside in the fresh air. My new favorite workout is to race fellow coxswain Claire Sasowsky around the St. John Arena indoor track though.”

Coach Teitelbaum has a stroke of kindness and gives the team the entire day off, what do you do with it?


What is your favorite part of the new Griggs Reservoir Boathouse?

“My favorite room is the team room. It has these beautiful windows so you can see the whole river. Also, we get to spend a lot of time together there.”

What is your favorite post-workout snack?

“I love eating sliced strawberries when I am done working out.”

If you played another sport at Ohio State, what would it be and why?

“I would definitely swim. I actually swam for ten years before I started rowing.”

Which teammate gives you the most inspiration and guidance?

“Claire-Louis Bode. She is so strong and an amazing leader and rower.”

What race are you looking forward to the most this spring?

“I am most looking forward to the heats at the NCAA Championships this spring because I really want to beat Cal and Princeton.”