PHS senior takes rowing skills to UW


Credit: Dan Packard

Meiko Johnson, Managing Editor

Senior Brooklyn Fehling has been doing crew (rowing) since the beginning of freshman year and will keep doing crew into college. 

“I will be continuing crew at the University of Washington because I absolutely adore the campus, the waterways and the team spirit and success they’ve had,” Fehling said.

Crew is a sport that consists of a team of one, two, three, four, five or nine players per team and requires the team to work together to propel themselves in a boat by using their oars.

Although crew isn’t the most common sport, Fehling says she fell in love with the team atmosphere and the journey she had to embark on in order to get where she is now.

“I have been rowing since freshman year and I got into crew through a family friend after my martial arts dojo closed. I did a two-week class at Commencement Bay Rowing Club and fell in love,” Fehling said. 

Fehling has competed at some of the highest levels club crew can compete at and has won some of the biggest events.

“My biggest accomplishment in my crew career was winning the most competitive event, the women’s varsity, at the Head of the Lake regatta rowing competition with around 15 competitors at the University of Washington,” Fehling said.

Fehling looks back at her time at Puyallup High School with positivity and thankfulness for all the great staff and students at the school.

“Being a student at PHS has made me excited for my next steps in my education because of the incredible friends, staff and unmatched school spirit,” Fehling said.

Fehling says she also appreciates the good times and certain moments during high school that didn’t involve her crew team.

“My favorite experience at PHS is most definitely the football games I got to go to if I could make it after rowing practice. They’re just so much fun,” Fehling said. 

Fehling says she wants to continue to do crew beyond her undergraduate years..

“After attending UW for crew, I think depending on my success, I’ll continue crew at least as a form of exercise,” Fehling said.