A logo designed by a Staples High School freshman is a finalist in a competition to become the official symbol of U.S. Rowing as it moves toward the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
As of Monday, Julia Schorr's red, white and blue circular design was in first place among the 10 finalists in online voting to pick the winner of the "Row to Rio" contest, according to U.S. Rowing's website.
Voting continues through Wednesday, March 27, and a winner will be announced April 3, the organization said. The winning logo will be "the face of U.S. Rowing," and will be featured on apparel, banners, websites, boats and elsewhere.
The logo competition drew more than 100 entries from the U.S. and Canada, according to U.S. Rowing, the governing body for competitive rowing in the United States.
Of nearly 7,000 votes cast as of Monday, Schorr was in first place with 23.5 percent of the vote. Close behind with 21.7 percent was Jason Anthony, of Port Imperial, Pa.
The next closest competitor trailed the leaders by more than 10 percentage points.
The Saugatuck Rowing Club is no stranger to the Olympics. Nick LaCavam of Weston, who got his start at the club, rowed in the London games last summer for the U.S. men's lightweight four.
U.S. Rowing selects and trains rowers for international competition, including the Olympics.