Athlete Spotlight

Tommy Ferrara

Junior at University School of Milwaukee

When/Why began rowing:

I began rowing the summer after Freshman year. I was good friends with James Lueken freshman year through hockey, and he talked about rowing during our car rides from hockey and school, so that got me interested in joining. Also, my sister was a coxswain on the team and loved it.

Favorite workout:

Lake Washington pyramid is one of my favorites. It starts off easy and then gets really hard, forcing your boat to work together and push each other every piece.

Future plans:

Hopefully get the chance to rage at Nationals with the boys.

Favorite aspect of rowing:

I love the team aspect of rowing and how close everyone becomes on the team. It is fun to have another group of good friends outside of school.

Favorite race & why:

My favorite race was the 2013 Head of the Charles. This is my favorite because I was a novice, and experience my first Head of the Charles with my sister being my coxswain. Also the energy in the environment of the race is incomparable to any other race. Another favorite race of mine was my first ever race in Chicago when Brad Wolff and I raced in boxers, both forgetting trou.

Who is your role model & why:

My role model for rowing is definitely coach Peter Helfer because of his ability to row at one of the nation's top collegiate rowing teams, while being a smaller guy like myself. This pushes and shows me that it is possible to do even though many say you have to be a huge guy to row in college.

Interesting fact about yourself:

I love clothing and have a lot of it. Especially Vineyard Vines #whaleup. I also enjoying hanging out with Cole Wirth and Peter Helfer on the weekends.

Favorite quote:

Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.” - Ronald Reagan