Arms and Shoulders Men's Single Sculls
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio
Current Residence: Columbus, Ohio
Club Affiliation: Upper Arlington Crew
Began Rowing: 2005, Upper Arlington High School
Date of Birth: 12/17/90
High School: Upper Arlington High School
Undergraduate Education: The Ohio State University
Graduate Education: The Ohio State University – Moritz College of Law, 2016
Training Location: Upper Arlington, Ohio
Current Coaches: Chris Swartz, Patrick Kington
National Teams: Three – 2014-16, Senior
International Results: Finished fifth in the arms and shoulders single sculls at the 2015 World Rowing Championships…Finished fourth in the arms and shoulders single sculls at the 2014 World Rowing Championships.
National Results: Won the arms and shoulders single sculls at the 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Team Trials...Won the arms and shoulders single sculls at the 2015 Para Rowing and Junior World Championships Trials…Won the arms and shoulders single sculls at the 2014 U.S. Para-Rowing World Championships Trials…Winner of the 2014 C.R.A.S.H. B's...Indoor record holder for the U.S. arms and shoulders...Finished fifth in the youth four with coxswain at the 2007 Head of the Charles Regatta.
Personal: Blake chose rowing in high school when his friends and family really wanted him to give it a try. He gave in a was hooked within a few weeks…He lists making the U.S. National Team as his most memorable achievement…His goal is to make the 2016 Paralympic Team…He’s still not sure what he wants to do when he grows up…Blake lists his older brother Anderson as the most influential person in his life, saying, “We’re very close in age, so we’ve done just about everything together, especially anything involving sports. He was always a fierce competitor and when combined with the fact that he was always a little bigger and stronger than I was, it meant that he would beat me in just about everything we played. Eventually that competitive streak rubbed off a little bit, and I’m really glad I had him to push me all those years.”