TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – With her collegiate profession coming to an finish quickly, Alabama senior Ashley Allison was capable of bridge the hole between her Alabama rowing profession and her future as a U.S. Marine Corps officer Tuesday afternoon in Tuscaloosa.
After a rigorous observe on the Black Warrior River, Allison was honored in entrance of her teammates by native recruiting coordinators from the Marine Corps that represented areas from all through all the southeastern United States. Her exemplary efforts as a student-athlete and likewise in her coaching in the direction of changing into a Marine Corps officer warranted a particular recognition in entrance of her teammates.
“In the Marine Corps, we look at ourselves as one big family and we understand that Ashley is coming from her Alabama family into ours,” stated Major Michael Hays, who’s accountable for the Marine Corps recruiting station in Montgomery. “We wanted to come out here and recognize her for her accomplishments she has had at the University but also for what she will do down the road as a Marine Corps officer.”
Allison is an aeronautical engineering main at Alabama and needs to enter the Marines’ aviation division as a pilot. She recorded a close to excellent rating on the Marine bodily health take a look at and likewise recorded the best rating obtained within the area for her pilot coaching take a look at, which comprised the whole lot from math and studying to aviation and nautical information and joystick and throttle exams.
Allison has been within the navy since early in highschool, nevertheless it wasn’t till a visit to the Marine Corps museum in Quantico, Virginia, spurned a particular curiosity within the Marines. That connection lastly got here to fruition this season, as she attended an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) assembly on campus the place she met with Marine recruiters for the primary time.
Alabama rowing head coach Larry Davis turned conscious of her curiosity within the Marine Corps round that point and knew it might be an important match for the senior standout.
“Right earlier than she recorded her phenomenal PT rating with the Marines, she did one in every of our personal exercises. To have one in every of ours after which handle a health take a look at for the Marines undoubtedly reveals what sort of capacity she has. She’s obtained the self-discipline she must be within the navy and may be very vivid academically as effectively. She is outstandingly good with aeronautical engineering and people are the sorts of issues that curiosity her. All these elements got here collectively in her resolution to affix the Marine Corps.
“She’s always been someone who is up for a challenge and I think it was a great choice for her.”
The classes realized as a member of the Alabama rowing group will definitely translate into her future function as a frontrunner within the Marine Corps.
“In rowing, self-sacrifice is probably the key concept that will carry over into my career with the Marines,” stated Allison. “The self-discipline I’ve had to learn as a student-athlete, even just down to getting up early in the morning, will help me get through the day-to-day rigors but overall, being able to fall back on the teamwork I’ve learned here will really help moving forward.”
“Our success is based on a `team’ concept,” stated Major Hays. “The varsity level athletes here at Alabama, and especially the rowing team, have to work as a synchronized team in order to succeed. If any one member of that team is not performing, then the whole team suffers. We recognize the commitment, discipline and dedication that it takes to be a dedicated athlete and balance that with the academic rigors. Ashley has done a phenomenal job academically and athletically. She has demonstrated the character we are looking for in our Marine leaders.”
Allison was very grateful to share the popularity together with her teammates.
“To have the ability to share this with my Alabama rowing household was nice. My accomplishments are reflections of them. They are those who’ve pushed me to get the place I’m at the moment.