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October 1, 2012

Ultimate goal: Naval Academy

Running discipline helps fuel success in crew, military hopes

A great big thank you to the sport of cross country.

Regardless of how he completes what has been a fine career as the Brooks No. 1 runner, that will be a lasting sentiment for senior standout Sawyer Rogers. He’s indebted for what the sport has done for him.

Rogers, who is a day student from Andover, is one of the top crew rowers in New England. He’s been in the No. 1 boat for Brooks the last two years and was in the No. 3 boat as a freshman, during which the Green and White finished second in New England. They’ve been fourth and fifth the last two years.

“Crew is definitely my main thing,” said Rogers, who plans on rowing in college, preferably at the Naval Academy. “It’s a sport with great relationships, there is great competition and it really tests you.”

But Rogers’ first sport as a freshman was cross country even before he was positive he’d try crew, which had been the sport of choice of older brother Weston, who is now a junior at the University of San Diego.

“I was huge into hockey and lacrosse before I got to Brooks, but I wanted to try something different,” said Rogers. “I knew I wanted to try cross country and that’s what I did first before I got into crew.

“Getting into crew is probably the most important thing I’ve done, since I’m being recruited in it now, but cross country was the building block for my mental

strength and got me ready for crew. Cross country and crew are both about mental strength and they fit my personality.”

Moreover, both cross country and crew will prepare Rogers for meeting his main and long-lasting objective, which is to attend the Naval Academy, where he paid an official visit the weekend before last.

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