Duluth's Schuder, Diaz Ready to Cox in College

By KBJR News 1

August 13, 2014 Updated Aug 19, 2014 at 6:15 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- They may be shorter, but don't be fooled by their size.

"They have to be small people," said head coach of the Duluth Rowing Club, Bonnie Fuller-Kask.

"Well, we're smaller," Sophie Schuder said.

Meet Sophie Schuder and Alyssa Diaz.

"I get to be in control," Schuder said.

"You see everything, and you get to control everything," Diaz said.

For now, both are coxswains at the Duluth Rowing Club. At the end of the month, the duo will take their talents to the collegiate level.

Schuder is headed to the University of San Diego while Diaz is off to the University of Southern California, both Division I institutions.

Not bad for a couple of kids from the Northland and talk about making history.

Just ask head coach Bonnie Fuller–Kask.

"We've never had a coxswain go off and coxswain in college so to have these two go and coxswain is just going to be great," Fuller-Kask said.

It's not always rainbows and butterflies for the coxswains though.

As the brains behind the boat, Diaz admits it can be difficult to get everyone to follow the same beat.

"Some rowers feel like coxswains don't really do much like physically in the boat. Using the 'we' pronouns help unify it even more," she said.

And that task won't be any easier for Schuder who plans on being the coxswain for a men's team at USD.

After growing up with brothers though, she's not worried.

"I was used to bossing them around so it was fun to do that," she added.

Even without the oars in their hands, they still get the same thrill.

"I still get the thrill of the racing and the adrenaline when we do well," Schuder said.

"Like you definitely don't have that experience anywhere else in any different sport," Diaz said.

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