Marietta High's Hailey Carman has decided to take her rowing talents to the collegiate level.
Thursday at Sutton Gymnasium, Carman signed a National Letter of Intent to row crew at the University of Charleston (W. Va.)
"They are D2 and I wanted to row some place kind of small because I like the classroom size," the Tiger senior explained. "They fit me academically.
JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Marietta’s Hailey Carman (center) signs a National Letter of Intent to row crew for the University of Charleston Thursday at Sutton Gymnasium. From left to right: Hayden Carman (brother), Stephanie Carman (mother), Bill Lee (MHS principal), Hailey Carman, Rick Guimond (MHS athletic director), Brad Carman (father) and Joe Tewkesbury (MHS girls rowing coach).
"For crew, it's awesome. It's like a smaller team. They have lightweight rowing and I want to row lightweight. It's a perfect fit in every aspect."
Carman, a student of "high academic distinction" at Marietta, has helped lead the Tiger Navy to much success over the past two seasons.
"My sophomore year we went to nationals," she said. "That was really exciting. Last year we went undefeated until the championship race.
"The girls team kind of stands out. We've had a lot of successes, a lot of great wins."
Current Marietta girls head coach Joe Tewkesbury, who used to coach for the Golden Eagles, played a crucial part in Carman's decision.
"Joe played a huge role," she said. "He helped me and guided me through being recruited and what to do to be recruited. He coached at Charleston so he has ins there. He was able to help me talk to the people I needed to talk to."
Tewkesbury helps run an annual "Learn-to-Row" camp in Marietta to introduce up and coming students to the sport. Carman attended the camp going into her freshman year and realized soon after it was something she might want to do collegiately.
"It's been my dream to sign for a school and it's really exciting that I can actually do it," she said.
Charleston's women's crew team is led by second-year head coach Ryan White.
"He's really nice," Carman said.
"He's really easy to talk to, to contact. I went to him actually and he was just really easy for me to tell him, like, 'I'm really interested in this school.' Then he quickly offered me a scholarship and it went from there."
Carman plans on studying nursing and hopes to one day be a nursing anesthetist. She expects to make a positive impact on the Charleston rowing program.
"I train all the time in the offseason," Carman said. "I have a trainer. I work really hard and hopefully I can bring a lot to the team next year and the years after."
Carman is the daughter of Brad and Stephanie Carman.