Lizzie Collins, Hamilton College

Lizzie Collins Lizzie Collins wrapped up her Hamilton College rowing career with NESCAC All-Conference Second Team and NESCAC Spring All-Academic team honors in 2010. Collins was a three-year letter winner and a member of Hamilton's varsity eight her junior and senior seasons. An exceptional student, the French major was a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association national scholar-athlete in 2008.

In 2010, Collins helped the varsity eight to a national ranking in the Division III Top 15 coaches poll. Hamilton received the most improved program award at the 2009 New York State championships when Collins was a junior. In summer 2008, she joined several of her teammates in competing at the Henley Women's Regatta in England.

Hamilton defeated Union College in the varsity eight race every year Collins was on the team. Hamilton competes against Union every spring for the Gilman Plate and Gilman Goblet. The Plate is awarded to the varsity eight champion, and the second varsity eight winner receives the Goblet. The hardware stays with the winning school until the teams meet again the following year.

Collins was born in Burlington, Vt., grew up in New Canaan, Conn., and has also lived in Pennsylvania and California. She credits her father with sparking her interest in rowing. "My dad rowed in high school and college, so I have always been familiar with rowing," she said. "I started by learning to scull at Craftsbury Sculling Center in Vermont. When I started at Kent School, the rowing team had a pretty big reputation on campus, so I joined. Kent has a really strong tradition in rowing, so it was a lot of fun, and sometimes pretty intimidating, to learn to row for a program like that."

After four years at Kent, Collins came to Hamilton, where she enjoyed a productive career in the classroom and on the water. She was asked about her post-graduate plans in late March and had a number of ideas. "I would love to be writing for a travel magazine, or working to facilitate bilingual education in America, or even leading bike trips in Europe. In any case, I hope to be able to keep up my French skills and travel to places I've never been."