Testimonial: Anonymous D150 ‘03

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Did you walk on to the lightweight rowing team?

No

What impact did rowing have on your Dartmouth experience?

The fellowship of a team working toward a common cause on an idyllic reach of the Connecticut River—Dartmouth, at its best, is a community of amazing people in a uniquely beautiful place pursuing their best selves. That is what Dartmouth Lightweight Crew embodies.

What impact did rowing have beyond college?

A lot’s been written about the values of grit, resilience, and perseverance that rowing instills. Fundamentally, my experience as a Dartmouth Lightweight was defined by learning how much I was capable of giving. It was a bachelors in rigor.

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

A tradition of excellence. A fellowship of alumni. The bonds of trust between athletes and the college. A unique outlet for students to develop the qualities we sing of when we give a rouse for those with “the granite of New Hampshire in their muscles and their brains.”