Day 5 – March 5th
Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2018 at 11:03 pm


Emily Gilbert
Hometown: Allen Park, MI
Major: General Business
It was a beautiful morning in Tennessee for rowing. The varsity women went out in fours with the varsity men in pairs. We did many drills working on our blade work. One drill was the circle drill where one side rowed in a full 360 degrees and tried to see who could make it in the least amount of strokes. Rachel Keller and I won with 23 stroke and the winner of the men was Ben Williams. We also got videos of our rowing to look at later and learn from. After our morning row we went back to the hotel for a quick turn around before the afternoon practice.

In the afternoon the varsity women were again in fours and ready for seat racing. 6×3:00 was the workout for the afternoon, switching the lineups after each piece. It was our first time rowing all four, we really had to focus on our handle heights and blade work to keep the boat set. We were able to put the drills and technique we worked on in the morning to use while testing our strength in the boat.

Adam K Freshmen Rowing

Adam Kolakowski
Hometown: Wyandotte, MI
Major: Business Economics – Real Estate

Today we had another fairly early wake up. We ate breakfast at 7 and promptly got off to practice at 8. Now that we’re starting to finally get in a groove, everything seems to be going way more smoothly. We started with an early morning chalk talk with Coach B. talking about picturing the blade as a hinge. The main talk was about how the top edge of the blade travels in a rectangle where the bottom edge not only feathers to the top edge, but travels in an elliptical path. We soon then got on the water.

As a novice man, we have taken things fairly slow so far. We have been rowing on the square at all times, until today. Our practice lasted two hours with the first hour being stationary drills hammering in proper feathering into us. After finishing up our stationary drills we promptly went for a steady state row pausing every few strokes to emphasize feathering before taking the next stroke. Overall the morning practice ended up being one of our most productive practices so to date.

After taking a nap, I returned with the rest of the novices to our evening block. With a quick warm up, we went straight into our workout. Without hesitation, we just rowed, and rowed, and rowed. We did not go as far as the varsity did the first day but we went an estimated 24,000 meters. We rowed by 6’s the entire time where we rowed on the square on the way down and on the feather on the way back. We had just learned how to feather again in the morning so this row was extremely important. To date, including the fall, I believe this was the most productive practice because we were able to just row and figure out our own issues.

After practice we got back and a few of us Novice guys went out to Ruby Tuesdays. That was completely irrelevant but I needed a transition into me talking about our team bonding game we played tonight. We played Chubby Bunny. For those who do not know what it is, you stick a marshmallow in your mouth, say chubby bunny, and repeat until you cannot say it anymore. I tied for second with Matt Collins with a solid 9 total marshmallows; but Noah Lasky, a fellow novice, topped us with an impressive 10. Overall today was an extremely productive day for us and we still have almost a full week of training left.


Carmen Martinez
Hometown: Madrid, Spain
Major: Social Science
Today was the third day of Spring Break Training, and as we literally say in Spain, it was a “doggy
day” (día de perros) which means that it was cloudy and windy.

We started off with Coach B’s chalk talk about feathering which involved way too much geometry than I’m comfortable with, being a social science major.

On the water with the novice women, we rowed in circles (literally) to get the mechanics of feathering down, which everybody seemed to pick up quickly.

During the afternoon session, with the boathouse full of high school kids, we managed to get on the water without any incidents. We rowed without using our outside hand, so we didn’t move it while we did the feathering. And then we kicked it up a notch by going harder on the way back.

So all in all, it was a productive day which involved a lot of feathers and chickens (which I learned what people meant by).

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