yesterday was a really good practice. I coxed mixed varsity 8 (mostly women, though) in the morning and we worked on a lot of technique— Rowing on the square, swinging out together and rotating rather than reaching, and then backing the oar into the water. there was  a men’s varsity 4+ also in our practice and they did the same thing. the beginning was a little difficult on the square (as expected) but the set was incredible the entire time. eventually after while, we moved to the feather (EARLIER that expected) because everyone was moving together really well. i was really calling people out and even though it may have been annoying, it was really just to fix things and make sure we got it down rather than just moving on. At the end of the morning practice, we “raced” men’s 4+, doing 50ish strokes each and didn’t pass them, but steph said that while the men’s boat sacrificed technique for power, we sacrificed power to keep the technique, which is isn’t terrible. 

in the afternoon, i was with the men’s 8+ (with a couple novice in bow pair) and we MOVED. I reminded them of what we had enforced while i was in the women’s boat, and then worked hard to put more pressure on it, and focus on ratio. there were a bunch of calls which were really confusing to call, like, “pause and forward body angle, row, take two strokes and pause again, row, etc.” " and i actually hated it. then we did ratio, counting up to 4 and then switching to 5 (1and2, 3, 4 OR 1AND2, 3, 4, 5) and that was better. Kevin was stroke and towards the end, everyone was just tired, so as we was switching the ratio, it was hard for everyone to follow. but after we got that down and put everything together, obviously the men have no problem giving pressure, so we SURGED. we raced again against a women’s v8+ (with some tall novice) and they had 120 strokes to pass and we has 100, and took them with about 3 boat lengths of open water. it felt good.

Dinner was awesome after that.

Spackenkill Crew <3

Spackenkill Crew <3

Literally one of my favorite places in the world- especially with boats &lt;3

Literally one of my favorite places in the world- especially with boats <3

You know you&#8217;re a rower when:

You know you’re a rower when:

That Cal video really inspired me. (To Do List)

What the fuck do I need to do with my life to be in a winning boat and on a winning team?

What do I need to do become an INCREDIBLE coxswain? Not just good, but incredible?

Honestly, it’s not just a want, but A NEED. This is my goal in life because rowing is everything to me. I don’t know when it happened, but it’s become such a huge part of my life. I think it was when I decided I was gonna get some kind of a rowing related tattoo. I wrote my essay on rowing, I got this summer camp job because I related it back to rowing, I’m not even in season anymore and I still go down to the river at least twice a week. It’s kind of my life… I need to get good, and I want/need a team that can support me. Not just walk-ons anymore. A team that is a family, pushes each other, and improves daily.

Goals/To Do List:

  1. Under 7 minute mile
  2. Get fit / get to 120lbs (men’s coxswain)
  3. Focus in school the next couple semesters and raise my GPA
  4. Consider transferring? Whatever Drew does., I suppose
  5. Study Abroad- France or South America
  6. Graduate either from Vassar with honors and a double major
  7. AND/OR Vassar and leaving a winning team
  8. OR graduate from a DI school with a winning boat/team

Seriously, these are my life goals/to do list. and I do not know why I’m doing field hockey in the fall, when I should be training for Charles. Oh well, I’ll just come back to the winter and spring with that much more motivation. <3




So proud to be a part of this next year.

This is beautiful. Good luck next year! My dad got his PhD there and now he teaches at Vassar (where I go & cox), so I know it’s a good school.

Coxswain Calls

My post of http://rowing-for-love.tumblr.com/post/21957439134/coxswain-calls-race-piece has 119 notes! You guys are literally incredible.

I wrote this my senior year of high school in April, when I was coxing for Spackenkill Rowing Club, and I had been coxing for 5 years. I look at this now, after one year with Steph and Vassar’s Rowing, and it looks so mediocre, simple. This year, on the rowing team, has definitely been a shitshow. The men’s captain had to leave, a novice women’s boat flipped causing all of them to get hypothermic symptoms, the majority of the varsity women’s team quit, leaving only three true varsity (but we pulled up, so now we have 5), conflict with the coaches, lack of communication, but in the long haul (get it??! ;)), not only I, but everyone on the team has improved VASTLY, and this past party has showed me how much of a family we are. 

The calls in my post are generic. Almost everyone uses them, and I’m not poo-pooing on them, because obviously I use them too, but I have learned the reason for the calls, different parts of the stroke, different calls for each part of the stroke, and overall, it’s been incredible learning from Steph. I don’t always agree on her methods, and sometimes I don’t think she’s the best logistically, but as a coach on technique, she knows what she’s doing.

I don’t want to post about my feelings yet, because we still have our clean-up/bbq down at the boathouse tomorrow, so I’ll hold off on the waterworks. I hope you’re ready for ALL the feels, and all the emotion, because this team, #VCRowing, is the straight up, bomb-diggity.