Res­i­dent on na­tional crew gives ad­vice to lo­cal team

Palm Beach Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By EL­LIOTT WENZLER

Coco Schoeller, a women’s U.S. Row­ing team mem­ber from Palm Beach, found the key to her ath­letic ca­reer in learn­ing to be­lieve in her­self and never quit­ting.

That’s what the 24-year-old told a group of high school and mid­dle school ath­letes on the Palm Beach Crew team Wed­nes­day evening at their North Palm Beach fa­cil­ity.

“You need to learn to per­se­vere,” she told the group of about 25 stu­dents.

Schoeller grew up in Palm Beach and at­tended Palm Beach Day Academy un­til her sopho­more year of high school, when she went to a board­ing school in Con­necti­cut.

She took up row­ing and by ju­nior year, she was in­vited to her first na­tional team de­vel­op­ment camp. From there, she was re­cruited by Brown Univer­sity and even­tu­ally be­came the team’s cap­tain when the Bears were ranked the num­ber one Di­vi­sion I women’s row­ing pro­gram.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Brown in 2015, Schoeller was in­vited to join the se­nior na­tional team and move to Prince­ton, N.J.

These days she’s ei­ther train­ing or coach­ing, but last week she vis­ited home for a few days.

When she’s back on the is­land, she likes to wan­der Worth Av­enue and eat at her fa­vorite restau­rants, such as the Sur­fSide Diner and Taboo, but mostly she likes to hang out with her mom, Brewer Schoeller, at their Peru­vian Av­enue home.

As for the young crew team mem­bers, they got a chance to ask ques­tions of someone who has made it to the level they as­pire to reach.

One ath­lete asked: “Do you ever want to stop dur­ing a race?”

“You have to kill (stop­ping) as an op­tion,” Schoeller said.

She also em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of hav­ing fun with the sport, stay­ing pos­i­tive and be­liev­ing in one’s abil­i­ties.

“It was su­per cool hear­ing from someone ... on the na­tional team,” said team cap­tain Leonie Meyaart, 17. Meyaart, who hopes to row in col­lege, said Schoeller’s point about be­liev­ing that you can meet your goals stood out to her.

“There’s a lot of pride there, a home­town rower on the na­tional team,” Meyaart said.

El­liott Wenzler / Palm Beach Daily News

Coco Schoeller, a Palm Beacher and a mem­ber of the U.S. na­tional crew team who has com­peted in the Olympic tri­als, talks Wed­nes­day with mem­bers of the Palm Beach Crew team.

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