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Westport Rower Commits to Penn

Rowing has played a large part in defining Sue Greenberg as an athlete. The Westport teen won a silver medal at the U.S. Junior championships in June with the Saugatuck Rowing Club 4x, and she competed with Alex Zadravec at the World Rowing Juniors in August.

When it came to her college choice, however, the sport played a secondary role in her decision to attend the University of Pennsylvania. The Staples High School senior said the lure of a major in market and social systems engineering persuaded her to call Philadelphia home for the next four years. According to the Penn website , the major is one of the few that explores how networks — including communication networks such as the Internet, modern social networks such as Facebook, and traditional organizational and economic networks – have touched virtually every aspect of modern life.

"Rowing was a consideration, but it really was the major that tipped the scales,'' said Greenberg, who also considered Princeton and Columbia. "They're the only ones with a major like this."

Although the academics at the Ivy League college were selling point, rowing on the Schuylkill River also caught Greenberg's attention. "I think it's going to be cool down there to see all the people at Boathouse Row before the racing,'' Greenberg said. "It's a very pretty place to row. It's like a straighter Saugatuck."

Greenberg also has some unfinished business. She would like to make the U.S. Junior national team again and win gold at the U.S. Junior championships. There's also the not-so-tiny matter of completing her high school work. "I don't think,'' she said, "there will be any senior-itis for me."

She's happy to have her college choice behind her and is looking forward to Penn. There are aspects about Saugatuck that she'll always treasure. "I've made so many relationships,'' Susan said. "That, and being able to row to my house for lunch. It's going to be hard to leave that."

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