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Rower Piks Up Triathlons, Too

In the span of about two weeks, Emily Pik won a national championship, graduated from high school and finished second in her age group in the KIC It Triathlon in Stamford. Now, the Darien High grad will turn her attention back to rowing as she prepares to go to the University of Virginia.

Pik rowed on the Connecticut Boat Club’s team that won the Women’s Youth 8+ at the U.S. Junior Championships in June. The victory capped an undefeated year in fall and spring rowing for the squad. “I don’t think it’s fully registered yet,’’ Emily says. “It’s pretty cool to say I’m a national champion.”

Pik picked up an oar for the first time three years ago. She played lacrosse up until that point, but fell in love with the water. “Lacrosse was a great way to grow up, but rowing is a better fit for me,’’ she says. Emily thrived under coach Liz Trond, and worked diligently to keep her spot on the prestigious eight crew. “Our team is competitive and so deep, you really have to be on your toes,’’ Emily says. “You can’t take your seat for granted.”

Pik will head to Virginia, where she will join former teammates Betsy and Mary Nilan. The team won the NCAA championship this spring. In between rowing and Virginia, she raced to second place in her age group in the triathlon. “I can’t say that I was totally prepared,’’ says Emily, who finished the race with CBC teammate Paige Gonye.

Virginia coach Kevin Sauer explained to recruits that triathlon training helped him get in the best shape of his life. That was part of the reason Pik registered, and she enjoyed it. For the most part. “Running was the worst because it was last,’’ Emily says. “I’m glad I did it. It was pretty cool.”

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