New TRU Athlete: Leonard Futterman
I began rowing my freshman year of high school simply to stay in shape during the off-season of my primary sport, Ice Hockey. I was immediately hooked because I excelled unlike I had in any other sport. I loved the fact that there was no politics in rowing - if you're fast enough, you'll get your spot. Eventually, I focused all of my athletic efforts on rowing, culminating with two Youth National Championship medals and a slot on the 2009 U19 National Team, competing for the USA at the Junior World Championship.
After High School, I would attend Boston University and be coached by Olympian and Hall of Fame member Tom Bohrer. During my time in college, I became the first athlete in BU rowing history (along with two of my classmates) to appear in back-to-back Grand Finals at the IRA National Championship, including program high finishes in the Freshman 8+ (5th) and the Varsity 8+(6th). Furthermore, I was a two time member of the U23 National team, once again competing for my country at the 2011 and 2013 Under-23 World Championships.
During my first year in the elite bracket, I finished 4th at the USRowing Fall Speed Order, 4th at National Selection Regatta 1, 2nd at National Selection Regatta 2, and 4th at Pan Am Games Trials. This year I am training in Philadelphia with the immediate goal of getting a slot on the 2016 Olympic Rowing Team.
I'm grateful to be working with such an exciting new brand! Watching TRUEnergy grow has been awesome to see. Here's to more success for both TRUEnergy and TRU Athletes!
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