PALO ALTO — The yellow and blue triangle flags separating the track and the field were motionless — it was windless for the first time that season. And on that night at the 1996 California State Championships, Michael Granville set the national high school record in the 800 meters at 1:46.45. His winning time remains unbroken 22 years later.
STANFORD — A two-sport graduate from the University of Virginia, in 2010 Meghan O’Leary hung up her softball mitt and volleyball shoes, moved to Connecticut, and worked as a production coordinator at ESPN. The job was everything she dreamed of — but she was restless. The words of the UVA rowing coach reverberated in her mind: “Come on, Meghan. You can be an Olympian in rowing.” She sat down and googled “rowing lessons.” That search would change her life.