Lessons Learned from U23s

On the flight home from the U23 World Championships in Rotterdam last year I wrote this note in my computer: Things I’ve learned: -Never count out China -Never never never give up -Appreciate the people who will help you through the training, not the people who only acknowledge your success -Love your parents -Be nice always -Someone has to come in last place   I … Continue reading Lessons Learned from U23s

What do Selection Camp and Musical Chairs have in Common??

I’ve spent the last month living in Princeton, NJ at Under 23 Selection Camp. About thirty women from across the country applied and were chosen by USRowing to come to NJ and put together three fast boats that will compete at the U23 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria at the end of July.     It’s hard to describe what selection camp is like … Continue reading What do Selection Camp and Musical Chairs have in Common??

Rowing is Not “The College Experience”

Rowing in college is a totally different from the “traditional college experience.”  Being a D1 rower at a competitive school has not been what MTV/Rom-Coms/College Game Day/Project X made me expect college to be like.   Here’s the root this nostalgic epiphany:  during finals week I was crazy stressed out about school and rowing and went to get a power bowl at Forage after practice … Continue reading Rowing is Not “The College Experience”

Time’s Up– The end of a collegiate rowing career

On the wall of the Wisconsin erg bay there is a countdown clock that ticks away the seconds, minutes and hours until the B1G Ten Championship regatta. It’s supposed to be motivating and give the team perspective. As a senior though, watching the clock slide into the single digits is more like waiting to be evicted.   This fall I really struggled to get back … Continue reading Time’s Up– The end of a collegiate rowing career