By Morgan Chung '19
This winter is like it always is. There are some good days and bad days, but we know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Everyone on the crew team is working exceptionally hard, leading us to a lot of personal records and improvement from each grade. The sophomores this year bring a fun and enjoyable atmosphere to the team along with their very strong athleticism; the juniors are always reliable and a very hardworking group of athletes; the seniors hope they have been strong leaders for the rest of the team and lead by example.
The team culture is very strong. We have team breakfasts every Saturday morning after practice, which gives us time to hang out with our crew families. This has also made us closer to the freshman class. Even though there are grade differences, I feel as close to the freshmen, sophomores and juniors as I do to the girls in my grade.
This is the time of year where our practices transition from our longer steady-state pieces and 20-minute testing to shorter sprints and 2k testing. The beginning of the season gets us back into erging shape and helps build our stamina, while the back half is reserved to prepare us for our spring races.
In regards to the springtime, I’m very excited to go on our annual spring break trip in Tampa, Florida. This is a time where the team exponentially grows in team culture and athletic improvements. This is also when the freshmen will experience their first race, and I and my peers are very excited to see what they can accomplish.