Western Albemarle High School rower Ashley Gale signed her national letter of intent on Tuesday with the University of Virginia to join UVa's powerhouse rowing team.
Gale only began rowing two years ago during her sophomore year. She has been a single sculler at WAHS. Gale plays softball in the spring and runs track during the winter and wanted to add a fall sport so she began rowing.
Gale has been a life-long UVa fan. She looked at colleges all around the United States but when she got the call a couple weeks ago with an offer to join Virginia's rowing team, she jumped at the chance.
Gale says, "I got the call and started jumping up and down in my math class and one of my classmates was like, are you ok? Yes, I just got a call from the UVA coach and it was an amazing feeling, I can not explain how great it felt."
Gale worked with the UVa rowing team this past summer and says she felt like she really fit in at UVa.
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