What was already an important day Friday took on even more meaning for Augusta Prep’s Allison Rector.
Allison’s father, Charles Rector, who is in the Army, drove from Fort Hood, Texas, on Thursday to see his daughter sign her letter of intent to row for Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla.
“He drove 1,100 miles from Texas to be here today, and it’s special,” said Allison.
Rector wasn’t about to miss his daughter’s signing. “Next week I go to Afghanistan, so I’m going to miss graduation,” he said.
“I had to jump through hoops to get here today, but it’s well worth it to do something with her.”
Getting a college scholarship was something Rector has thought about for some time.
“I started rowing varsity competitively when I was a freshman, and ever since then it’s been something that I’ve wanted to achieve,” said Rector, who started rowing with the Augusta Junior Rowing Club three years ago.
While short in stature for rowing, the 5-foot, 4-inch Rector is especially happy to have gotten a chance to row collegiately.
“Generally, 6-foot is what they look for in rowers, that’s why this is so special for me,” Rector said.
Rector, who rows a double and a quad, got herself noticed at summer camps.
“I had been rowing at the Naval Academy Camp for Girls since seventh grade and I met my future coach and a few other coaches there,” said Rector. “So every summer I’ve just been staying in touch and finally coach Mitchell from Jacksonville University contacted me.”
Rector considered other college but was sold after visiting Jacksonville.
“When I went down to Jacksonville and saw its size and its academics, it just clicked,” said the future biochemistry major.
Augusta Prep coach Michael Cobb thinks Rector will perform well at the next level.
“She’s hardworking, there to help and she’s one of those athletes you want everyone to be,” said Cobb.