Laker Navy Heads Indoors

With the first snowfall of the year and the holiday season closing in fast, the Laker Navy is in a period of transition. Last week marked the official start to winter training. After a busy fall season with multiple of successes and many memorable moments, the team is moving indoors to continue training in quest of championship hardware. Varsity members give the novice a model for how to handle winter training in terms of intensity, goal setting, and training.

The winter is long but with the right mindset the team will make great strides towards winning medals. The week ended with a 20 minute engine test. Limits were pushed and records broken; both varsity and novice rowers set new personal records and achieved higher standards with many novice earning a spot on the winter training trip to Tampa Bay, Florida.

Perhaps the most memorable moment of the day was Austin Gentry’s performance. Gentry, a senior and team captain, broke the schools previous 6k record set by Dana Schmunk. When asked about the day, he replied: “Today set a higher bar and new aspirations for everyone; especially having all the men, novice and varsity, in one room going stroke for stroke with each other.”

“With this type of effort from the whole program there is a lot to look forward to.”

The team wishes all who are traveling this Thanksgiving week safe and uneventful travels. Although the team may not be racing until spring, all are working hard to come out stronger and faster in the spring.

Keep pulling for the Laker Navy!






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