That Allie Davis feels like she and her three siblings literally grew up on the water might only be a slight understatement.

That Allie Davis feels like she and her three siblings literally grew up on the water might only be a slight understatement.

After attending her first rowing regatta when she was 3 years old, Davis watched as her older sister, Robyn, eventually became a good enough rower to compete on the club team at the University of Tennessee. An older brother, Ray, swam at Wittenberg and another brother, Rock, works for a coast guard.

Even her mother, Helen Davis, works as a rowing referee.

While it almost went without saying that she'd eventually end up in some type of water competition, the Dublin Jerome High School senior found her niche almost immediately when she became a coxswain as an eighth-grader.

With four additional years of experience, including the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years for the Westerville crew program, Davis became enough of a standout to earn a college scholarship.

She signed April 18 to be a coxswain for the University of North Carolina.

"It was amazing to sit at the signing table and have all of these people who were instrumental in it behind me," Davis said. "(North Carolina has) been rebuilding, but this year they've actually been coming away with a few golds."

Davis joins Westerville teammates Ellen Hughes (Minnesota) and Kate Moran (Mercyhurst) as crew signings from the 2010 senior class.

In addition, former Westerville rowers Alison Sobiech and Andy Davis are competing for Jacksonville University and another former rower with the program, Jessica Leidecker, rowed at the World Rowing Under-23 championships last August.

After competing for the Dublin crew team as a freshman and sophomore, Allie Davis joined the Westerville program and has been a coxswain for the boys team the last two seasons. She will be a member of the women's team in college.

This spring, she is the coxswain for Westerville's boys varsity 8 which has hopes for success at the USRowing Youth National Championships in June on Harsha Lake in Batavia.

As a sophomore for Dublin, she was coxswain for the girls lightweight 8 which finished 15th (7:22.5) at the national regatta. Then last June for Westerville, she was coxswain for the boys lightweight 8 which placed eighth (6 minutes, 18.53 seconds) at the national regatta.

"She's the most experienced coxswain we've ever had on a Westerville crew, in terms of how much she's competed nationally," Westerville boys coach Matt Chase said. "If you're at a national level competing and another boat is veering into your lane and obstructing your view, you've got to be able to recognize that, and she always does. It's not just steering the boat. It's about being a leader. They've all gained a lot of trust in her and she's just an excellent coxswain."

Davis hopes to major in exercise science, and she also was drawn to North Carolina because it possesses a minor in coaching. She has been taking college classes at Columbus State and expects to graduate magna cum laude.

Davis has competed in several national regattas as a member of the Greater Columbus Rowing Association adult team, of which she said she's the only member under the age of 25.

"When I went on my visit (to North Carolina in February) it snowed so they were all joking with me that I brought the bad weather with me," Davis said. "I visited them during a team dinner and there was no drama at all, plus I love the coach so it's a nice plus."