Did you walk on to the lightweight rowing team?
What impact did rowing have on your Dartmouth experience?
Rowing taught me about the tenacity and grit i didn’t know i had when i was first cut from the walk-on group of lightweight freshmen 1990’s. I spent freshman year as a heavyweight (at 5’8” 155 lbs) eventually making it into the first freshman boat, determined to prove my strength. My reward was to spend the next 3 years as a lightweight oarsman, the last 2 in first boat. Coach Dick inspired me almost as much as my teammates, who became and remain my best friends. Coach Dick honored me by naming the Most Improved Lightweight Award after me, and rowing at Dartmouth was the precious gift and scaffolding upon which nearly all my greatest memories and successes are built.
What impact did rowing have beyond college?
It is a ridiculous cliche to say that rowing taught me that teamwork, consistent practice, and harmonious effort in connection with one’s surroundings are all needed to achieve something worthwhile. Yet this lesson paid dividends as i worked my way through medical training and into clinical and leadership roles caring for Denver’s underserved. Like many others, this cliche of the important lessons taught by competitive athletics persists because it is irreducibly true.
What would be lost if Dartmouth eliminates the Lightweight Rowing Team?
A legacy of striving and achievement, many donors and a lot of money, and administration credibility, to name a few. Also profound opportunities for many young students.