By Katrina Craycroft
Dallas United Crew (DUC) proudly congratulates senior oarsman Zeynep Akdora for her selection to USRowing’s 2022-2023 Scholastic Honor Roll, a first for DUC. From a record-setting number of nationwide applicants, one hundred candidates, including Akdora, were selected. Candidates were chosen based on outstanding academics, rowing career successes and responses to USRowing’s short-answer questions.
Having started rowing as a freshman, Akdora rose to DUC’s first varsity eight last year, which is quite a feat in itself. DUC’s varsity women have won the Varsity Eight, the fastest women’s event, at USRowing’s Central Regional Championship since 2018. Just earning a seat with such a storied crew is the merit badge earned by hours of practice and devoted training.
Now a captain, Akdora will race once again with DUC. First up comes regional competition at Oklahoma City University’s Head of the Oklahoma, followed by international competition in Boston, Mass. at the Head of the Charles. “Zeynep has been a stalwart of our team and will lead DUC’s Women this season with the maturity of a seasoned veteran in high-profile races. I am thrilled to celebrate Zeynep’s successes on and off the water,” remarked Amanda Perry, DUC’s women’s head coach.
Dallas United Crew is North Texas’s largest youth rowing program. The team is known for fast boats and opening college doors with 36 USRowing Central Region titles and 71 collegiate recruits. DUC is kicking off fall training with a free trial for new rowers.
Details are available via email requests sent to info@DallasUnitedCrew.org.