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Row, Row, Row Your Boat

(Athletics, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2013) Permanent link   All Posts
Ward Photo This past summer was one of the best of my life. It began in May when the Women’s Crew Team was selected for NCAA Nationals. Eight Division III schools are selected and we were one of them. Instead of immediately heading out for my summer unit, I stayed at the Academy with fellow rowers and trained. All we did was eat, sleep, work out, and hang out. Nationals were held in New Jersey and we went down the week of the event to train there. One night involved a huge banquet where all the rowers of all NCAA Divisions dressed up and celebrated their achievement in making it that far. We wore our Trops (a summer uniform) to the event. I was so proud that night of everything we had accomplished. We succeeded in attaining the same level athletically as these other rowers while going through so much else that they would never know about or understand. It was a great feeling. That week was Memorial Day weekend and the speaker gave the Coast Guard a shout out. One of the seniors, SJ Otey, won the academic award for having the highest GPA out of all Division III rowers. Pretty incredible. We ended up dominating the Petite Finals after not making it into the Grand Finals by a close photo finish. We quickly said goodbye to the seniors as they departed for their units and were transported to our summer assignments.


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