Did you walk on to the lightweight rowing team?
What impact did rowing have on your Dartmouth experience?
Rowing was an integral part of my Dartmouth experience. I was a small walk-on with little rowing experience, but was given an opportunity to participate, and through hard work became the 2V stroke for three years. I broadened my horizons by travelling to Henley twice, and built relationships that supported me in my academic career. Spending time on the beautiful Connecticut river nearly every day and in all weather was wonderful, and the team support and commitment that took me through tough training sessions was a valuable balance to academic work. Though I was never an especially strong rower (at 135 lbs I did help make boat weight…) I was always given chances, and was supported by coaches and teammates as a contributing member. My teammates were my closest friends at Dartmouth, and rowing was the defining experience.
What impact did rowing have beyond college?
Rowing gave me confidence and self-assurance in my career after Dartmouth. I knew I could achieve anything I set my mind to, and that knowledge set me an a path for success.
What would be lost if Dartmouth eliminates the Lightweight Rowing Team?
I think one of the significant values of lightweight rowing is how accessible it is to inexperienced athletes of any background. In few other sports at the highest college level can a hard working athlete with little or no direct experience join the team and excel. With no opportunity for a club lightweight rowing program, oarsman who are not large enough to compete at the heavyweight level will be shut out of competitive rowing entirely.