Day Two- Sunday, March 2, 2014
Posted on Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at 12:15 am


Josh Mizak ’17
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Grosse Ile, MI

Today was the first day having two practices that set the tone for how the rest of the week would go. We woke up and grabbed breakfast provided by Historic Dodgertown where we are staying. We headed off for practice at 8am and spent a couple of hours out on the water. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. The novice men practiced in a four and an eight doing technical work and playing a little leapfrog towards the end of this mornings practice. After getting off the water a great lunch was prepared and waiting for us.

This afternoon between practices we went to Walmart to pick up some food, supplies, and sunscreen! Back at the hotel most of the team spent the day hanging out by the pool. Some of us got a beach volleyball tournament going and even the coaches got involved.

At 4pm we left for the day’s second practice. There was a lot of native water vegetation that was somewhat problematic for our practice. Weeds got stuck in the rudder multiple times, but we managed to get some good strokes in. Concluding practice there was a gorgeous starry sky as we discussed plans for the following day. We went off and returned to the hotel to rest and prepare for the next day.


Brittany Gronda ’17
Major: Advertising/Communication
Hometown: Tawas City, MI

Yesterday after a super long bus ride, a long but awesome row, dinner, and a lot of laughter we were all finally able to get a good nights’ rest to prepare us for our first full day of rowing on Canal 54. Today’s forecast was a beautiful 79 degrees and sunny; MUCH better than what Michigan has to offer right now. Everyone’s day began at 7am with a nutritious breakfast provided by Historic Dodgertown. The fresh fruit was fantastic! We then gathered our bags and headed out to the canal for our first practice of the day.

The focus for the novice women was technique. We did some hands away and catch placement drills. In the launch with Coach Kelsey was this week’s guest, Coach Jim. Let me tell you, he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to all things rowing. He gave us some feedback on how technique is key and how we can improve ours to benefit the boat as a whole. When we got back to the practice site, an amazing lunch was provided to us by Coach Alyssa’s parents. They make the best salads and wraps! Our next practice was at 4 so the team lathered up with sunscreen, threw on our swimsuits and headed to the pool to refresh and soak up some sun.

The second practice was also focused on technique and went amazing I thought. Our boat was having great connections and the send of the boat was powerful. It was only the first full day and I am already exhausted. When people say they are going to Florida for Spring Break, they usually don’t mean they are going to work their butts off all week. Even though it is hard work, I wouldn’t ask to be anywhere else because it feels great to be having fun and working hard to achieve something great with this crazy team! Go GV!

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