Did you walk on to the lightweight rowing team?
What impact did rowing have on your Dartmouth experience?
Rowing at Dartmouth changed my life and exposed me to experiences that have guided my life since. While not a minority, I was the first in my family to go to college and had no acces to rowing before Dartmouth. My teammates became my family on campus, and we continue to remain close friends 30 years after our graduation. The same can be said for how I feel about the women and heavyweight men who rowed at Dartmouth while I was there. Rowing is a year-round sport and the bonds that are created cannot be overstated.
What impact did rowing have beyond college?
As a result of my rowing experience and achievements at Dartmouth, I rowed all over the world and became part of a community that has defined my character in my personal and professional life. To this day, the people with whom I work and those that have considered hiring me look to my rowing experience and have openly stated that my rowing experience provides a window into my character, work ethic, resilience, persistence, and dedication that they know will translate into my work. Rowing has also given me the gift of passing along that passion to my children. My youngest daughter is a passionate rower who won the Youth National Championship in the LWT Women’s 4+ and several open weight championships in sculling and sweep boats. She’s the reigning MA State Champion in the Women’s Open 1X. She’s an incoming rowing recruit at Columbia University/Barnard College.
What would be lost if Dartmouth eliminates the Lightweight Rowing Team?
A great tradition of turning out passionate, dedicated men who have worked at the highest level of physical and mental challenges. These are men who understand the value of commitment and who have the character and integrity to be successful. The team has also achieved high levels of success on a national level with many national team members.