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In sixth grade, Alexander Loy '18 noticed a local newspaper ad inviting students his age to "come try rowing!" He found the prospect mildly interesting, but it was a "kick out the door from his mom" that ultimately landed him at the boathouse. Beginning on that day, rowing quickly grew into Alex's life-long passion. Alex raced for Saratoga Rowing Association during high school, competed for Trinity College as an undergraduate, and finally, during law school, he joined ARION, an elite rowing group in Saratoga. This summer, after years of competing at a high level in both sweep and sculling boats, Alex earned a spot on the United States National Rowing Team to compete at the World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria on September 9, 2018.
To work out twice a day and maintain his full-time course load, Alex frequently came to class in workout clothes, and headed for the lake or gym immediately after. In the winter, when the lakes were not accessible, he would complete an early practice on the rowing machines inside the boathouse at Saratoga.
"Law school was always my priority, but with the flexibility of my schedule at Albany Law and having my choice of where to study, I could easily fit in two practices a day," he said.
Alex wanted to go to law school since elementary school, he said, when he already admired skilled public speakers who could advocate and persuade. "Law School is the path where I can hone those skills and make them work for a positive impact." Ultimately, he wants to be a trial attorney and one day argue before the U.S. Supreme Court.
This month he starts work at the
Miami, Fla., firm, Zumpano Patricios, where he interned after his second
year of law school. "I feel like this firm is a great fit for me," he
said. "It is a mid-sized international firm, and I look forward to
learning, contributing, and making an impact."
Balancing Law School and Rowing
the demands of law school, Alex never grew tired of his consistent
workout schedule. "After a tough day at school I relished the
opportunity to hit the rowing machine hard and unwind, and on the other
hand if practice was tough it gave me relief to pivot my focus back to
After Alex graduated from Albany Law in May, he continued his workouts throughout his bar exam preparation.
Every day from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. he was on the water with his team, after
which he would study for as long as his focus would allow. When he
felt his mind wander, he knew it was a good time to squeeze in a shorter
but efficient second indoor practice, but then it was back to the books
until about 10 p.m. After taking the bar exam, his rowing coach and
members of ARION created a "quad-camp," in which lightweight
rowers–-rowers weighing 160 pounds or less–- embarked on a week of
seat-racing and selection protocol. At the end of the week, the fastest rowers earned a spot on the quad, a four-person sculling boat.
Alexander earned his seat in the quad, and qualified at the National
Selection Regatta shortly thereafter to secure a place on the National
A variety of factors contributed to Alex's successful bid for the National Team.
His parents live halfway between the boathouse and Albany Law School,
and always made sure he had a warm bed and a home-cooked meal ready when
he was nearby. Additionally, Alex constantly surrounded himself with
intelligent and motivated people, both on his rowing team and at Albany
Law School, whose energy helps him chase his own ambitions. Finally, he
came to think of his dual workout and study schedule as "flipping the
switch," a mindset that allowed him to maintain discipline as a rower
and a law student.
Alex's rowing accomplishments are paralleled
by his accomplishments at Albany Law School, where he was a semifinalist
in the Dominick L. Gabrielli Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competition,
Note & Comment Editor for the Journal of Science & Technology,
and the winner of the Donna Jo Morse Negotiations Competition.
To learn more about Alex's rowing career and the World Rowing Championships, click here.