Lofty achievement: Goodale rows into enshrinementCamden Hills graduate to be inducted into National Rowing Hall of Fame
Spokane, Wash. — While Anna Goodale grew up in the Midcoast, after the 2001 Camden Hills Regional High School graduate left Maine she reached for the stars in a sport she had never tried and not only became a collegiate All-American, but won an Olympic gold medal and now will be immortalized in that sport's hall of fame.
Goodale, 31, first tried competitive rowing when she attended Syracuse University in New York — she studied illustration and graduated from the school in 2005 — and, at the time, through hard work, dedication and talent, turned her new-found sports passion into All-American recognition and, later, an Olympic gold medal.
Now she has reached the highest peak in the sport, namely, enshrinement in the hall of fame.
Goodale, born in Montville but calls Camden home, will be inducted into The National Rowing Hall of Fame, Class of 2014, during a ceremony on Saturday, May 31 at The Princeton Marriott at Forrestal in Princeton, N.J.
The 6-foot Goodale, who lives in Spokane, Wash., will be inducted with the US Women's Eight that won the gold medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Bejing, China.
Joining Goodale in the hall will be teammates Erin Cafaro, Lindsay Shoop, Eleanor Logan, Anna Mickelson Cummins, Susan Francia, Caroline Lind, Caryn Davies and Mary Whipple Murray, as well as coach Tom Terhaar.
The following is a comment by Kent Mitchell, chairman of the NRF Hall of Fame selection committee, which appeared on the US. Rowing Association website:
“The Class of 2014 being honored for induction into our Rowing Hall of Fame embodies the achievement in performance, dedication, persistence and contribution to rowing necessary to earn this recognition. In 96 appearances over multiple years in Olympic Games and World Championship competition, these men and women have won 71 medals, 64 of them gold, and rowed their way into the grand finals 94 percent of the time. Hall of Fame induction standards are demanding, each of these honorees has met those standards by “open water."
Goodale, a self-employed freelance illustrator (she aspires to illustrate children's books), also is a member of the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame.
Goodale, who grew up on a sheep farm and was home-schooled until age nine, did not play organized sports until high school, when she competed for the Windjammers in soccer and basketball.
Goodale, who plays the viola, was a first-team Division I All-American in 2003 and 2005, a second-team Division I All-American in 2004, and was a National Scholar-Athlete, a Big East Academic All Star and a first-team Mid-Atlantic Region selection from 2003-2005, all at Syracuse.
According to a bio on the US Rowing Association website, Goodale enjoys hiking, kayaking, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, camping and adventure. She enjoys traveling and hopes to some day sail around the world.
She was a member of the national rowing team from 2005 through 2010.
Her rowing resume follows:
International results: Won gold in the eight at the 2009 World Rowing Championships…Won gold in the eight at the 2009 Rowing World Cup stop in Lucerne…Won gold in the eight at the 2008 Olympic Games...Won gold in the eight at the 2008 Rowing World Cup stop in Lucerne...Finished sixth in the pair at the 2008 Rowing World Cup stop in Munich...Won gold in the eight at the 2007 World Rowing Championships...Won gold in the eight at the 2007 Rowing World Cup stop in Lucerne...Finished seventh in the pair at the 2007 Rowing World Cup stop in Linz...Won gold in the eight at the 2006 World Rowing Championships...Won silver in the eight at the 2006 Rowing World Cup stop in Lucerne...Won the Remenham Cup at the 2006 Henley Royal Regatta...Finished 11th in the pair at the 2006 Rowing World Cup stop in Munich...Finished fourth in the eight at the 2005 World Rowing Championships.
National results: Finished fourth in the pair at the 2010 National Selection Regatta #3…Finished sixth in the pair at the 2010 National Selection Regatta #2…Finished second in the championship eight at the 2009 Head of the Charles Regatta…Won gold in the eight at the 2009 USRowing National Championships…Finished second in the pair at the 2008 National Selection Regatta #2...Won gold in the championship eight at the 2007 Head of the Charles...Took silver in the four and finished fourth in the pair at the 2007 USRowing National Championships...Won gold in the championship eight at the 2006 Head of the Charles Regatta...Finished second in the pair at the 2006 USRowing National Selection Regatta #2...Won gold in the championship eight at the 2005 Head of the Charles Regatta...Finished 16th in the varsity eight at the 2005 NCAA Championships...Finished second in the four at the 2004 U.S. Senior and Junior World Championship Trials.
When they become available, comments from Goodale will appear with this story.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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