Collegiate rower rows her way toward the Junior National Team


Marian graduate, Madalyn McKeone ’16, attended Creighton this school-year to study philosophy and law and compete with the Bluejays rowing team. She signed with the Bluejays last spring and has since found many great experiences as a collegiate athlete.

“Joining the Creighton rowing team this year was great!” McKeone said. “Coming to college was a huge transition and having a sport on top of it was definitely overwhelming at times, but I have made several good friends on the team, and I have developed great time management skills.”

One of the good friends that McKeone made on the team is also her biggest role model in rowing. “Isabelle Buhr is a senior captain on the team and I am seriously blessed to to get to row beside her as a freshman. Her leadership, heart, character, and dedication inspire me every day to be a better teammate, student, and person,” McKeone said.


All smiles Madalyn McKeone ’16 and teammate Bridget Slavin pose for a picture during a regatta last fall. The Bluejays will compete at SMU on Mar. 11. Photo courtesy of Madalyn McKeone.

Like her role model, McKeone dedicates a lot of time and effort to her sport. As early as 4:15 in the morning, she is awake and ready to train. “I am on a totally opposite schedule than most college students. I’m in bed by 8 or 9, and I am awake by 4:15 a.m., ready to start my day,” McKeone said.

In the spring, conference season starts, and the Creighton Bluejays will face Southern Methodist University (SMU) in their first regatta on Mar. 11. For those who are not familiar with rowing competitions, a regatta is a rowing competition where races vary depending on the number of rowers, the boat or the length of a race. McKeone will compete in her first conference season this year, and she has high hopes for the future.

“I have discussed with my coaches about the possibility of rowing for the Junior National Team and attending some national camps to gain exposure. That will all just depend on where life takes me and how my times are looking. You do not peak in your rowing career until you’re probably 28, so I would have to go row professionally out east and then try to get on to the National Team after college some time. Overall, I’ll just have to see where life takes me,” McKeone said.

McKeone also has advice for any Marian girls looking to try something new or different like rowing. “Pick whatever you’re passionate about and throw yourself into it. You can always give your all and your whole heart to something and I promise you won’t regret it. Just set the bar high, because you never wanna look back and think ‘what if’ about anything.”

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