A day in the life of TU rower Madeline Lyons

Not everyone knows what it takes to be a student athlete. Early mornings...difficult workouts...traveling for competition. All the while trying to keep up with grades. One rower at t-u seems to have it all figured out.

"Well, most days my alarm goes off at 4:50 in the morning. I haul myself out of bed at about 5:00. Practice is at 5:20.”

You heard that right. Just another day in the life of t-u senior rower Maddie Lyons. Her day starts at 4:30 am.

"We usually go out to the river out in Catoosa,” Lyons says. “We watch the sun rise as we get some strokes in, some training."

Oh yeah, did we mention she's studying to be a doctor?

"Usually go straight to Bio Chem. After Bio Chem, I come home, eat breakfast, study. You know, have another class. We have another workout usually in the afternoons."

And when Maddie gets free time...she chases after a goal that many can't even fathom.

"I saw a woman wearing a tank top that had the 50 states on it. And she had about half of them colored in. And then it said, you know half marathon, 50 state club. So I thought, oh that's kind of coo. That's what I want to do. That's my lifetime goal."

But with all this talk about future goals and dreams, Maddie is enjoying her time with her teammates.

"The one team, one goal, one family that our coaches will tell you about, that focus is really cool to see as we get closer and closer to conference. We're looking to break into that top 20 as soon as we can. We've come a long way from when I was a freshman, and we weren't anywhere in the 20's."

And to update that marathon...half marathon count. Maddie has run one in four states...Oklahoma...Texas...Arkansas...and her home state of Washington.

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