Laker Navy Introduces the Bell

“The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.” -Arthur C. Clarke

Goal setting is critical to the sucess of the Laker Navy. To achieve full potential and maximize boat speed in the spring each athlete must push their limits day in and day out. Rowing is a sport of inches; erging is one of tenths of a second.

Each personal best is noteworthy and the effort does not go unnoticed. On any given erg test day you will find the determined and dedicated athletes of the team pushing each other to do their best. It is this combined effort that makes the team faster.

Team captain and senior Austin Gentry brought the bell to the training center and was inspired by the military. Bells are often rung to increase morale or to celebrate after a victory. For the team the idea was the same.

“I wanted to give the team something that would give a physcial reward for improvement,” said Gentry. “When you hear the bell ring you hear the effort they put in and how much the whole team is improving.”

The GVSU rowing training center has been alive with the sounds of the bell being rung. The entire team is putting in the meters in an effort to find previously untapped boat speed for the spring. While the personal records are important, each must be built upon; when the previously impossible is broken a new standard is set.

The next event for the team will be the winter training trip to Tampa Bay, Flordia. Photos and team blogs will be posted daily. Stay tuned and keep pulling for the Laker Navy!

The Grand Valley State University Rowing Club challenges its student-athletes to reach the highest level to which they aspire both academically and athletically, while continuing to build and sustain a nationally competitive intercollegiate rowing program.

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