President’s Wrap Up
Posted on Saturday, March 10th, 2018 at 10:41 pm

Wrap up picture sunset

Faith Platz, President
Hometown: Grand Haven, MI
Major: Statistics and Economics
Another Spring Break Training Camp in the books! For the final culmination of the trip, we welcomed the University of North Carolina Men’s Rowing Club to scrimmage us on the Tennessee River. Thankfully the rain held off, and we were able to race multiple men’s varsity fours, novice men’s eights, and the varsity women’s eight. All in all, there were about eight boats across the river at once, and we did five short races. It was great to get a first taste of spring racing with so many boats going side by side. We are very grateful that the UNC men were able to join us for our last practice.

This week has allowed so many of us to improve, push ourselves, and break through walls. For a few of the novice men, this was the very first time they had been in a racing shell, but you would not have thought that if you saw them busting it out on the racecourse this morning. After we finished racing, we mingled with the Tar Heels and ate lunch together, then headed back to the hotel to gather our things. With the trailer loaded, we began the long caravan home.

Despite the weather being a bit chillier than we had hoped, at least we weren’t back in Allendale covered in snow (even though we did get a few flakes down here!). We are so thankful for East Tennessee Rowing for allowing us to row out of their boathouse for the week. It was a wonderful, secluded venue where we were able to get lots of great mileage in. As they say, “mileage makes champions,” and the Laker Navy definitely added to the odometer this week. After lots of hard work this week, we know it’s only going to get harder before it gets easier, but that’s okay because it’s officially spring season! As I sit in this 12-passenger van traveling through the wilderness of northern Kentucky, I can’t help but to get excited that two weeks from today I’ll be racing in sunny San Diego, CA. As a senior, every day is one day closer to end of my Grand Valley Rowing journey, and I’m doing all I can to get the most out of every one. Thanks for following along with us this week, and as always, keep pulling for the Laker Navy!

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