Rower Regains Pull After Cancer
April 16, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State sophomore Anna Taylor was featured in the most recent edition of the Oregon Stater, which chronicled her journey to come back from a cancer diagnosis and once again race in a varsity shell. Below is an excerpt from Oregon State's alumni magazine. You can read the entire story on osualum.com.
by Kip Carlson
For an athlete, any personal record is cause for satisfaction. For Anna Taylor, her career-best mark in a crucial test early this year sparked celebration beyond the norm.
It happened during January's ergometer test for the Oregon State women's rowing team, the 2,000-meter trial on a rowing machine that matches the length of a collegiate race.
"She got off and she was crying," OSU head coach Emily Ford said. "And she was just so thankful she could do this again."
Taylor's personal best on the machine had come after she spent most of 2011 overcoming thyroid cancer. A freshman, she had gained a spot in the Beavers' varsity eight prior to her diagnosis; now the native of New Zealand is back in the boat.
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