About Helen

I was born and raised in Houston, Texas and started rowing at age eight.  My Mom, brother, and I all learned at the same time, and just did it on the weekends early in the morning.   I didn’t  know at the time rowing would become my life, but I always wanted to be an Olympian.  It wasn’t until I started rowing a double with a girl my own age, Amiee Beyers, that I wanted to be an Olympic Rower.  We started rowing together when we were 12 years old.  We were very successful and had a ridiculous amount of fun.  We called ourselves “The Tweeties.”

I ran track, cross country,  and swam for my high school.  Every morning before school my brother drove me to go rowing.  I got into the University of Virginia, and had the most amazing four years there.  The girls on the team are my life long friends, winning NCAAs my senior year was just icing on the cake.  I majored in Studio Art and Foreign Affairs, and minored in Architecture.  I swam on the club swim team, I worked at the gym, I tutored kids with Abundant Life, I was invloved with my church community, and had tons of fun with my 11 housemates.

After college I rowed and worked in DC, and then Seattle.  I dropped down to lightweight February of 2013 to be more competitive on an international level.  I was always a very healthy eater and good cook, but now I monitor my diet very carefully.  I love the challenge of cooking  with calorie restrictions while meeting my nutritional needs. 

From Seattle, I moved to Long Beach, California to train with Southern California Scullers. From SoCal, I was invited to tryout for the lightweight quad at Vesper Boat Club. I stayed at Vesper 5 years before leaving to train under Casey Galvanek in Sarasota. A large group of lightweight women gathered there to compete for the quad. After not making the quad, I moved to Connecticut to row for Guenter Beutter at GMS Rowing Center, I cannot speak highly enough of Guenter. His training program and how he treats me allows me to trust him fully. I feel stronger and more confident than ever headed to Olympic Trials.