“Attention, Row” That’s how a race begins: that’s when all a rower has to think about is rowing her absolute hardest, taking all she has and laying it out there. At the end of the State Championship, with both boats taking bronze, the EHS girls’ crew team had qualified for Nationals. As Coach Collins said, they had “Nothing left to lose, everything to gain.”
ESPN ranks Crew as one of the top five toughest sports. Crew is time consuming, painful, and occasionally tedious. But, rowing is a sport that relies on teamwork over the contribution of the individual, which makes it so special. Juliet Faris says, “Nothing can work in the boat if each person tries to get across the finish line by themselves.” Crew takes dedication, and Gray Shiverick says it best, “Our team consists of the most driven people I know, and it has paid off immensely this season.”
This spring was outstanding in terms of both teamwork and power. Sidney Lewis says, “This was a special season; the team was tighter the whole year. Our season started out strong, but ended even stronger.” In his ten years coaching here at EHS, Coach Collins has offered to take only one other crew to The Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA) National Championships. Going to Nationals is noteworthy as it requires placing in the top three at the state level. Our hard work paid off and as Arden Faires says, “Knowing that I’m in a boat that’s 7th in the nation is pretty cool.”
In the last 500 meters, Arden, the coxswain, called the team’s sprint. At this point the boat charged with powerful strokes and intense competitiveness. Coach Collins describes the sprint of the race as, “the fastest closing 500 meters of the season.” and Coach Krivacek shows her pride saying, “I couldn’t be prouder of the spirit these girls showed this weekend. They rowed with strength and heart, and that’s what made them fly.” The last row of the season was amazing, and the opportunity to show our power against the best teams in the nation is indescribable.