While election season may cause plenty of debate throughout the nation, here is one vote that all Princetonians can get behind. Sara Hendershot '10, the former open crew stroke and member of the U.S.A. Olympic Team, is up for USRowing's National Team Athlete of the Year, and you can help her win the honor.
Use the link above the story to vote for Hendershot.
Voting takes place through Oct. 22, and as of noon on Thursday, Oct. 18, Hendershot was third of five candidates, though only six percentage points separated the two spots. You can help her make the type of rally we saw at Mercer Lake at Olympic Trials, when she and teammate Sarah Zalenka rallied from five seconds down at the midway point to take both the race and the Olympic berth in dramatic fashion.
She nearly pulled off an even more exciting rally in London, as her boat went from sixth to fourth in the middle 1,000 meters in the pairs Olympic final. That push continued down the final stretch, but it fell just .2 of a second short of the medal stand.
Hendershot is a former captain and stroke of the open crew, and she helped Princeton to the No. 1 ranking and an undefeated regular season in 2010.
"She was definitely a huge part of our NCAA championship the year after she graduated," said Princeton head coach Lori Dauphiny prior to the Olympics. "She really set the tone, set the example with how confident and spirited she is. She worked her way from challenging seasons to an outstanding senior year. She slowly chiseled her way up the national team with her work ethic, her positive spirit and her confidence. It showed in this race."