Testimonial: Anonymous D150 ‘87

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Did you walk on to the lightweight rowing team?

Yes

What impact did rowing have on your Dartmouth experience?

It was an anchor for my years at Dartmouth. While not always enjoyable and always challenging, there was a meditative and ethereal aspect to rowing that I continue to chase today.

What impact did rowing have beyond college?

I became a navy fighter pilot immed after graduating. The single minded focus required was easy for me. My fitness, focus, and absolute inability to give up or give in, guaranteed me a spot in my chosen cockpit (F 14). Lightweight crew demanded a discipline which I carried forward. I was also not naturally gifted in height as some do I had to work harder to find a place in the boat.

What would be lost if Dartmouth eliminates the Lightweight Rowing Team?

This is a sport which tends to find those who are a bit quiet, certainly driven, and willing to sacrifice. We had overuse injuries but no issues with trauma or head injuries. 150 crew allows a group of normal sized humans to compete and excel where they could not otherwise.