Summit senior signs to row at George Mason University

Summit senior signs to row at George Mason

Summit senior Tara Franke will climb in the shells for Division I George Mason University.

One senior at The Summit Country Day School was recognized for advancing her academic and athletic career to the collegiate level on May 15 during a ceremony in Flannery Gymnasium.

Tara Franke, California, will climb in the shells for Division I George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She rows with the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club.

In her sophomore year, she fell in love with the sport. She began rowing as a way to fill the time between the high school and club volleyball seasons. Soon, her springs were filled with weekend regattas and volleyball tournaments. 

Tara has made the most of her short time with the club. In her most recent regatta in Oak Ridge, Tenn., her teams earned first-place finishes in the V-1 four and V-2 eight races.

"I've really enjoyed getting to know and coach Tara,” said Andy Piepmeier, womens’ head coach at the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club. “Her sense of humor and commitment to our team make her a great teammate and a fun person to be around. Tara has been a great leader on our team by setting an example of how to practice hard and be inclusive and supportive of all of her teammates. We are so excited she is going to continue rowing at George Mason."

Even though rowing took priority in her athletic career, Tara continued to play volleyball, a sport she’s played since third grade. She was a four-year varsity starter, team captain and earned many accolades on the court. 

A Summit lifer, Tara will graduate on Sunday, May 19. She plans to study forensic science at George Mason.