by Jakob Cole
Senior Laura Hegemann’s experience on the J.E.B. Stuart Crew team has been a memorable one over the years. A major contributor, Hegemann has excelled and plans to take her talents to the next level. Along the way, she has garnered many praises and accomplishments. Among these accomplishments are the Girls Team Most Valuable Player Award for Stuart (2014), Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention (2014), SRAA National Championship 4x (Finalist, 2013; Participant, 2012).
Hegemann only started rowing at the beginning of her freshman year as a new experience. “The first time I thought that crew was something I would like to was when I saw a clip of people rowing at the Beijing Olympics and just thought it looked really cool,” said Hegemann Each year, Hegemann improved and by her junior year was a standout on the team. “I had to race varsity since the beginning because our team was really small. This forced me to get better real quick because I didn’t want to hold back the experienced rowers,” added Hegemann.
Through all of the accolades and success, Hegemann’s most memorable moments on the Stuart Crew team are the bonds she formed with her teammates. “What I’ll remember about my experience on the team is my teammates and how the team is really a giant family,” said Hegemann.
Hegemann’s rowing acumen caught the eye of colleges; one of these schools was Rutgers University. “At first it (the recruiting process) was stressful responding and reaching out to coaches, but towards the end it got to become a really cool experience, especially when it came time for officials,” said Hegemann.
On November 14, 2014, Hegemann officially signed her National Letter of Intent to attend Rutgers University. “Rutgers was a school that I really liked because of the academic opportunities it offered as well as the team and coached,” said Hegemann.
This year, Hegemann will build upon what has already been a marvelous high school career. With the incredible work she has already done, there is no telling how far she can go in the next level.