Ande represents a milestone for Wayland-Weston Crew: the first alumna or alumnus to return as a coach after graduating from college. As a freshman in the fall of 2000, click she came out for crew in the team’s inaugural season.As a junior she transferred to Dana Hall School, which doesn’t offer crew, so she continued her rowing career at Community Rowing in Newton.She matriculated to Colgate University, graduating magna cum laude in 2008 with a bachelor of arts degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Civilization.Academic highlights included summer study at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and a semester at Middle Eastern Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.An eight-season crew member, she received Most Improved Rower honors 2004-5 and was selected for the U.S. Rowing Boston Development Camp in 2007.When not coaching, Ande is a Marketing Assistant with Heroix Corporation, a software developer in Braintree, Mass.

What is your favorite rowing memory?

Summer Nationals 2004, a young four that I was in was entered in the intermediate age division and were not expected to make it out of heats. We had a fantastic heat, but were expected to be trounced in semis by the other CRI crews composed of Ivy League college rowers and other club teams with similarly experienced rowers. We were in 5th for the first 750 meters or so of the race before we decided to move and powered ahead passing our rivals, U.S. Rowing Development Camp, in the last 50 meters of the race to take second and move on to the finals.

How did you get involved in crew?

I had always wanted to row from when I was very young, and heard about Wayland-Weston Crew starting up right before I was going to be a freshman at Weston, so it was a perfect chance to try out the sport without having to commute into Boston.

What has rowing done for you?

Tons. It’s where I’ve met all my best friends, learned about responsibility, hard-work, commitment, and the discipline that has led to my success in rowing and academics.

Why do you coach?

It gives me a chance to approach rowing from a different side and to continue to learn about the sport and participate in it in a new capacity. It is a continuation of my growth as a rower in a completely new way.

Favorite written quote?

“A heart in love with beauty never grows old.” –Turkish Proverb

Favorite spoken quote?

Can’t think of one right now.