We are Keara Collins Twist and Sydney Taylor, and we are Team USA's lightweight double for the Pan American Games. Our next race is the Pan American Games Qualification Regatta, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from November 29 - December 2.
Keara and Sydney have been teammates since spring of 2017.
Keara grew up in West Seattle, and began rowing during her freshman year at Seattle University. She swept at Lake Union Crew immediately after graduating and then began has been sculling at Seattle Rowing Center in 2014.
Keara currently enjoys coaching middle school and masters rowing, and will be pursuing a doctor of physical therapy at Simmons College next year.
Sydney is from Delaware, started rowing her freshman year of high school at St. Andrew's School, and rowed sweep at Williams College. Upon college graduation in 2012, she continued sweep rowing at Lincoln Park Boat Club in Chicago, IL, and began racing in the single in 2014.
Sydney works for Oiselle, a local running company, in their flagship store, and enjoys connecting with other female athletes in Seattle and around the country through the Oiselle community.