Rowing Suits Conlin

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Daily Herald - After four years participating on the Rolling Meadows girls basketball, swimming and soccer teams, a 2010-2011 Daily Herald Female Athlete of the Year has found a new sport at her new school.

Maddie Conlin is a freshman on the University of Notre Dame rowing team.

"I am loving it so far," said the first female to earn 12 letters at Rolling Meadows. "I decided to try out because I already started to miss the team atmosphere and I had a friend whose older sister walked on to the rowing team and loved it."

Because it is not one of the more common sports, Conlin said there are a lot of girls like her who had never tried the sport.

"So we all got to learn together," Conlin said. "The main skill from all three sports I played in high school is just how important it is to be on the same page as all of your teammates. Our coach always talks about how we can only move the boat the fastest if we are all locking in together and thinking about 'What can I do to make my team better?' "

Conlin helped make the Meadows basketball team better as it went from four wins her freshman year to 19 her senior season.

In soccer, her coach Jeff Adkins called Conlin the "heart and soul" of the team for four years."

In swimming, Conlin was a captain and member of Meadows' 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle record-setting relay teams.

Now, she's back in the water in a different sport.

"I think the dryland training and muscle-building from swimming really helps (for rowing), and the endurance from both basketball and soccer are important.

"This will definitely satisfy my desire for sports because rowing is a lot about heart and determination," Conlin added. "I am extremely excited for my first race (next spring season)."

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