Danielle Schmidt

The oars are in the water, steering Danielle Schmidt toward a promising future in rowing.

Shawnigan Lake School Grade 12 student Schmidt, 17,  has a win in the national high school championships at St. Catharines, Ont. and a trip to Boston on her resume in the pursuit of a scholarship.

“I’m kind of looking into San Diego,’’ she said. “That’s like my No. 1 school I’d really love to go to.’’

The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Ohio and West Virginia are other possibilities.

For now, Schmidt’s rowing hard under the direction of coach Meghan Montgomery.

“With Danielle having aspirations to row as she moves on to university, I’m definitely thinking about pushing her and making sure she’s prepared for the next level,’’ said Montgomery.

Schmidt appreciates having Montgomery, who boasts Olympic rowing experience, as her coach.

“It’s really cool to listen to some of the stories that she tells us and she gives us some advice as she’s heard from her coaches,’’ said Schmidt.

The feeling’s mututal.

“I’m new to coaching the girls’ team this year,’’ said Montgomery. “I’m definitely learning a lot about Danielle and I appreciate her leadership.’’

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