Miranda Nykolyn thought about this moment for years and when it came time for the Huntington High School senior to put all the different skills together and execute, she performed flawlessly winning the New York State singles rowing championship at Fish Creek in Saratoga Springs last weekend.
Ms. Nykolyn will compete in US Rowing’s Youth National Championships in Sarasota next month. She has also qualified for the national finals in women’s varsity double sculls.
The teenager has signed an NCAA Division I letter of intent to row for Stanford University next year. Salutatorian of the Huntington’s Class of 2017, Ms. Nykolyn is one of the top students on Long Island.
Huntington senior Miranda Nykolyn.
Years on the water and countless hours training in the gym prepared the Huntington senior well for the state championships. “I didn’t know what to anticipate for the singles race and I was both nervous and excited to see what kind of results I could produce,” Ms. Nykolyn said. “Going into the time trial I was curious to see where I stood against all the other rowers. Once I placed first for the time trials, I became ecstatic and couldn’t wait to see how the grand final would turn out.”
The Huntington teenager is a very experienced rower and she knew exactly how to prepare for the biggest race of her life, but even someone who has devoted years of training to their sport can still experiences butterflies.
“It’s sometimes hard to tell if the finals will have the same results as the time trials so I had to do well in the final,” Ms. Nykolyn said. “Once I began my start at the race, it felt like everything was just clicking and I knew I had to give it everything if I wanted to win. After I crossed the finish line, I started crying because I was so happy to become a state champion and the emotions of ending my regular season high school rowing career and graduating began to sink in. I reached the dock and my coach gave me a big hug and in that moment I saw all of my
hard work pay off.”
The national championships will be held at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota. About 1,500 athletes competing in more than 350 crews, representing some 150 teams from across the country will battle for national titles in 18 boat classes. “I am hoping to have good results against some great competition,” Ms. Nykolyn said.