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Scituate’s Emma Taylor not taking a back seat for Bates’ crew

Emma Taylor of Scituate (fifth from left), who rowed for Thayer Academy in Braintree, practices with her Bates College crew.
Emma Taylor of Scituate (fifth from left), who rowed for Thayer Academy in Braintree, practices with her Bates College crew.Photos by Mike Bradley/Bates College

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SCITUATE – A cousin rowed for Dartmouth College, and two others pulled oars at the US Naval Academy.

“They’d come over and show me their blisters and say, ‘This is the coolest sport ever,’ ” recalled Emma Taylor.

That was the selling point? Painful, unsightly blisters?

It didn’t sound like the greatest endorsement– but Taylor eventually bought in. Turns out it was one of her best buys ever.

That was five years ago.

The Scituate teen joined the crew team as a freshman at Thayer Academy in Braintree, became a two-time team MVP, and cocaptained the squad as a senior, graduating cum laude.

Last season, as a freshman on the crew team at Bates College, she was selected as the program’s top freshman by the coaching staff.

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