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Loy Earns Spot on U.S. Rowing Team, Competes in Bulgaria for World Championships

Alexander Loy '18

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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.