Senior at Whitefish Bay High School
Why began rowing:
My friend had tried it the year before I started, spent a year telling me how amazing it was until I finally caved and took Learn to Row
My favorite workouts are anything on the water, but I love technique days the most! Like when we do the standup drill or cut the cake. The best workouts are definitely sprinting pieces, where we do a lot of really short pieces.
I'm hoping to row for UW-Madison next year as a walk on, and see how that goes!
Definitely starboard, but I love rowing port if I'm part of a novice boat so I can practice!
Favorite aspect of rowing:
The best part of rowing is during a race when the whole team makes a move together without even thinking about it, everyone's mindset is the same, and you can feel the power of the boat. That's the moment all the hard work pays off.
Favorite rowing season:
Summer is the best season! We get to spend more time on the water every day, or even go in the water. Plus it's fun to help out with learn to row, and hopefully bring a ton more people into the sport.
What motivates you:
My biggest motivation is definitely when other people start to catch up to me, or when I get close to beating someone who has been ahead of me for a while. It's awesome that we have such a competitive team because it helps push people to work harder.
My favorite race has been the Head of the Charles Regatta. The atmosphere is super competitive during the race. Plus there is this collective love for rowing shared by thousands of people. Also, I have been able to spend a ton of time with the best team ever!
Interests outside of practice:
If I'm not rowing I'm probably watching Netflix or doing some type of art (or both). I also love going for summer bike rides down to the sailing center, or just hanging out with my friends.
Proudest accomplishment so far:
I'm not sure what my biggest accomplishment is! I think that as long as I challenge myself and live happily, my life feels really complete.
Who is your role model:
My biggest role model is my dad. He is just a genuinely good guy, and completely nerdy and hilarious in every way!
Interesting fact about myself? I row which is cool.
So, we're cheating death now, that's what we're doing, and we're having fun at the same time, I can do this, just be careful...
-Merlin "Finding Nemo"