Athlete of the Week: Grant Janart

AOTWBy Lauren Dempsey
Pushing both water and competitors out of the way, senior Grant Janart has rowed his way to being named the latest Athlete of the Week.

Janart has been a leader on this year’s Garnet crew team. The team participated in six regattas this season, competing against the toughest teams from across the region and as far away as Canada. At the team’s last regatta of the season, the Frostbite Regatta in Camden, N.J., the team took home gold medals in both the boys and girls doubles. Grant sat stroke seat in the victorious Garnet boys double.

Grant’s teammate, Jerom Theunissen, looks to him to set the tone for the team.

“Grant is a leader when it comes to crew. He gives so much time and passion into the sport, it’s no wonder he does well in races,” Theunissen said. “It’s been an honor to row with someone so dedicated, on and off the water.”

Coach Stan Nelson agrees.
“Grant’s contribution to this team as a rower and a leader has been at the highest level during his four years with us,” Nelson said. “Our young team has been raising the bar every year and with rowers like Grant as well as the rest of our seniors. I expect the bar will keep on rising.”

Grant is also a member of the National Honor Society and was honored with a Certification of Merit from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for raising almost $8,000.

Over the winter, Grant will focus on dry-land training before returning to compete for the crew team when they start up again in the spring. Grant is looking at various colleges and is considering participating in crew next year.