Four years of rowing for Wisconsin conditioned me to hate Ohio State Rowing. The only real reasoning I had was that they were better than us, but that was plenty of fuel to keep my hate fire burning while I erged all winter. I never wanted to beat a team more than I wanted to beat Ohio State. I became friends with two … Continue reading Why the Hate for Ohio State??
East coast drivers are the f*****g worst. I just spent the last three weeks driving all over the country (from Princeton to Boston to Saratoga Springs ~flew~ to Madison drove to Neenah to Ann Arbor to St. Catherines, back to Saratoga Springs to Bronxville to Bridgeport and back to Princeton if you were wondering), so I know. In the midwest, if you need to … Continue reading Stay in Your Lane
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
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 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”
I’ve been trying to take an art class since freshman year of college and am finishing up my final weeks of Art 100 right now in my final semester of college. This is a rowing blog Maddie (I’m sure you’re asking yourself). Wtf does art have to do with rowing?? A lot, ok? It has a lot to do with it. I like … Continue reading How Art 100 Made Me a Better Rower
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